Gepubliceerd op 03-04-2017

Vacature: PhD candidates Monarchy in Turmoil: Rulers, Courts and Politics in the Netherlands and Germany, c.1780 – c.1820 (Deadline 8 May)

The Leiden University History Institute (LUIH) and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) invite applicants for

Two PhD research positions (1 September 2017 until 31 August 2021).

Project description
The PhD candidates will carry out research within the framework of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) funded research project: Monarchy in Turmoil: Rulers, Courts and Politics in the Netherlands and Germany, c.1780 – c.1820. How did rulers in the Netherlands and in adjacent smaller German territories adapt their regimes to ongoing change in legitimacy and decision-making during the transition period 1780-1820?

The planned comparative research will be supervised by three researchers leading the project: senior post-doctoral researcher Dr Jos Gabriëls (Huygens ING), Prof Dr Jeroen Duindam (Leiden History Institute) and Prof Dr Ida Nijenhuis (Huygens ING).


PhD project I: Two late ancien régime ‘monarchies’
Project I compares William V, stadtholder of the United Provinces (c. 1780-1795), and William IX, landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1785-1803). How did the revolution-plagued Dutch Stadtholder and the Hessian Landgrave try to enhance their (quasi-)monarchical legitimacy and their political freedom of action, in a context of rising domestic opposition and growing foreign interference?

PhD project II: Two Early Restoration Monarchies
Project II compares William I, Prince/King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (1813/1815-c.1820) and Frederick William III, King of Prussia (1810 – c.1820). After two decades of revolution and war, how did the Dutch and Prussian Restoration kings define their reinstated monarchical power between traditional legitimacy and the strengthened state bureaucracy, within a changed and volatile international context?

Two Napoleonic monarchies of Louis Napoleon, King of Holland (1806-1810), and Jerome Napoleon, King of Westphalia (1807-1813), form the connection between PhD projects I and II: they will be examined by senior postdoctoral researcher Dr Jos Gabriëls.

A project summary and full descriptions of the subprojects can be found here https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/monarchy-in-turmoil

Key responsibilities

  • Writing a dissertation in Dutch or English within four years;
  • Submitting research results for publication to international peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops;
  • Co-organizing conferences and workshops;
  • Teaching undergraduate courses in the second and/or third year of appointment;
  • Participating in PhD training courses.

Selection criteria

  • A Research MA or MA degree in history. Outstanding candidates with an MA thesis in the process of evaluation can apply if they provide a statement by their supervisors about the quality of their thesis; high marks are expected, including 8 or higher for the (R)MA thesis
  • Fluency in English; command of Dutch, German and French relevant for primary sources;
  • Experience with primary source materials is required; experience with manuscript and archival sources is appreciated;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team.

Our Institute
The Leiden University History Institute (LUIH) is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers with outstanding track records and successful in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label ‘Global Questions, Local Sources’ scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Huygens ING
Huygens ING is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) researching texts and sources from the past with the aid of new methods and techniques. Next to championing research methodologies for the humanities, the institute advocates a better comprehension of Dutch culture and history among a broad public. The location of the Institute is right at the heart of Amsterdam with all the advantages of academic fellow institutes and libraries nearby.

Terms and conditions
The PhD position is for a period of four years (full-time or 0.8 fte for a period of five years). Initially the employee will receive a one year contract. An extension of three years is possible having received positive evaluations of capabilities and achievements. Remuneration for a full-time working week will be € 2,191,- gross per calendar month in the first year, increasing to € 2,801,- gross per calendar month in the fourth year.

PhD students will be employed by Leiden University, but in the course of the project, can choose to relocate after two years to the Huygens ING in Amsterdam. Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Leiden University and the Huygens ING are strongly committed to diversity within their communities and especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Queries can be directed to Prof. Dr Jeroen Duindam (j.f.j.duindam@hum.leidenuniv.nl), Dr Jos Gabriëls (jos.gabriels@huygens.knaw.nl) and Prof. Dr Ida Nijenhuis (ida.nijenhuis@huygens.knaw.nl)


  • A cover letter;
  • A CV including grade transcript;
  • A statement (400 words) relating research interests and experiences to the project and in particular also to the two PhD subprojects. A clearly stated preference for one subproject or the expression of equal interest in both subprojects should form part of this statement.
  • A (R)MA thesis;
  • Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately before 8 May by the referees to vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl (names and addresses of the referees should be listed in the application).

Please quote the vacancy number in your application and send it electronically to: vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl before 8 May, 2017 (12.00 hours). All requested documents, except the recommendations (sent separately by the referees before this date) and the (R)MA thesis (to be sent in a separate PDF). The PDFs should be titled ‘MT_PHD_family name applicant’ and ‘MT_thesis_family name applicant’. (e.g.: MT_PHD-JANSEN; MT_thesis_JANSEN).

The search committee will interview short listed candidates on Friday 2 June at Leiden University. Shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation at the latest on Wednesday 24 May. A decision will be communicated to the candidates shortly afterwards.

More information: werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl

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