Gepubliceerd op 04-03-2021

Three PhD Positions at the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH)

Job description

As a PhD candidate you will write a PhD thesis, participate in the Graduate School for the Humanities, which includes taking courses for approx. six months, and provide six months of academic service to the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University. Your thesis topic and research question should align with one of the focus areas of the Radboud Institute for Culture & History, where this position is embedded. Descriptions of these areas can be found here.


  • A Master’s degree (or completion of the degree before September 2021) in one of the disciplines related to RICH
  • A declaration of approval from the intended main doctoral thesis supervisor at the rank of full professor from the Radboud Institute for Culture & History.
  • You are result oriented, fluent in English, and have excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrable research experience in the field of your proposal will be considered an advantage.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).

  • Employment: 0.8 (5 year contract) – 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months. After 14 months your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.


Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts employs over 500 academic and support staff in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication. Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). The faculty currently has an enrolment of 2,400 students in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff.

Application procedure

Please address your application to dr. Peter van der Heiden and submit it, using the application button, no later than 4 April 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • The application consists of a summary (500 words maximum) of your proposal, the names of the intended supervisors of your project, your curriculum vitae, and a list of all grades obtained for your BA and MA degrees. Your application must be supported by a declaration of approval written by your intended main doctoral thesis supervisor at RICH, whom you should contact well in advance of the deadline. Your daily supervisor may be a full professor, an associate professor or an assistant professor, but you will always need the support of an intended main doctoral thesis supervisor with the rank of full professor. (Information on possible supervisors and their fields of expertise is available on our website.) Please make sure that all information is provided in one PDF document, which can be uploaded using the button ‘Apply’.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to write a full proposal, to be submitted before 14 May 2021.

The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Dr. Peter van der Heiden, Coordinator Graduate School for Humanities
Email: gshcoordinator@let.ru.nl


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