Gepubliceerd op 14-02-2017

Vacature: PhD candidate ‘Market Makers. A political history of neoliberalism in the Netherlands’ Utrecht University (Deadline 1 March)

PhD candidate ‘Market Makers. A political history of neoliberalism in the Netherlands’ (1.0 FTE)

The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint a PhD student for the project “Market Makers. A political history of neoliberalism in the Netherlands”, funded by means of an NWO Vrije Competitie grant, under the supervision of Prof Dr Ido de Haan (UU) and Prof Dr Ewald Engelen (UvA). 

The PhD candidate will be working on the subproject “The Consolidation of Neoliberalism: the Dutch Miracle Revisited (1989-2002)”.

This project follows the lead of international historiography, which has traced a multifaceted range of national trajectories of neoliberalism in Western Europe, originating in the late 1940s. It aims demonstrates how a neoliberal undercurrent in postwar Dutch society gradually mutated into a key influence on the policy paradigms of the 1980s and 1990s. The PhD will focus on the ways in which a neoliberal policy consensus became consolidated, and how in a depoliticized, consensual guise, it turned the Netherlands into one of the most liberalized European economies of the Western world.

The position may include a 0.1/0.2 FTE teaching load.

A successful PhD candidate should preferably have:

  • A (research) Master degree in History, Economics, Political or Social Science, or another relevant discipline, and a demonstrable affinity with the scope of the project;
  • An outstanding record of Undergraduate and Master’s degree work;
  • Excellent command of Dutch and English, both written and orally;
  • Experience with archival research;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Capacity to work both as a creative and independent researcher and as part of a team.

The positions can be offered for 1.0 FTE, start date from 1 June 2017 onwards. The appointment is for an initial period of 18 months which, after a satisfactory first period, will be extended by another 30 months (4 years in total), with a gross monthly salary  on a fulltime basis starting at € 2,191 in the first year, ending at € 2,801 in the fourth year, consistent with the Collective Employment  Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For further information: working at Utrecht University.

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Aanvullende informatie
Enquiries can be made to Ido de Haan (i.dehaan@uu.nl). An extended research description is available upon request.

Written applications should address each of the criteria mentioned under qualifications, and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Research design proposal (600-1,200 words);
  • Copy of relevant diplomas and grades;
  • Copy of a recent academic publication (max. 30 pages) or a recent paper or thesis;
  • Names and contact details of two referees.

Note that incomplete applications cannot be included in the subsequent selection procedure.

Candidates who make the shortlist will be invited for an interview. These may be conducted in person in Utrecht or via Skype. Interviews are scheduled to take place in the week of 20 March 2017.

Please use the application button below to apply. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2017.


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