Gepubliceerd op 14-03-2017

Vacature: PhD Position in History (Deadline 2 June)

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking voor candidates for a

PhD Position in History (1.0 fte) 
Vacancy number 17-081

Project description
From September 1, 2017, the Leiden University Institute for History will be appointing a PhD for a four-year period, within the NWO financed project Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800 . The Early Modern Dutch Empire was characterized by diversity. This project looks into how diversity was governed in the Dutch Empire in the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. At the same time, it looks for the reasons for the resilience of institutions of diversity governance and its impact in Early Modern and contemporary society.

The candidate to this PhD position will be responsible for the development of the subproject Regulating Relations: Controlling Sex and Marriage . This subproject answers the question to how did Dutch colonial institutions control sexual behavior and intimate relationships and how did they shape relationships across cultural divides? The candidate will be directly supervised by prof. Cátia Antunes and co-supervised by dr. Karwan Fatah-Black.

This project is a joint endeavor between the Institute for History, Leiden University, and the International Institute of Social History (IISG-Amsterdam).The candidate will work within a team of four senior researchers (at Leiden prof Cátia Antunes, and dr Karwan Fatah Black, and at the IISG prof Ulbe Bosma and dr Matthias van Rossum), two postdoctoral fellows and two PhD candidates. For the other positions go to https://socialhistory.org/nl/vacatures.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing a dissertation in Dutch or English within four years;
  • Submitting research results for publication to international peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Attending and actively participating in all the team meetings;
  • Jointly contribute to the team’s database (as a research tool for the whole project);
  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops;
  • Co-organizing conferences and workshops;
  • Teaching some undergraduate courses in the second and third year of appointment
  • Participating in PhD training courses (within the frame of the N. W. Posthumus Institute).

Selection criteria

  • (Research) MA degree in History (or a discipline closely connected with the theme of the PhD project);
  • Written and oral fluency in Dutch and English;
  • Demonstrable interest for research premises of the project;
  • Willingness to work within a team and an international academic community that aspires to scholarly excellence;
  • A problem-focused approach to research and demonstrable ability to apply theoretical and comparative frameworks;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Our Faculty/Institute
The Institute for History 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.

All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World (400 BC – 400 AD), Collective Identities and Transnational Networks in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800, Political Culture and National Identities, Colonial and Global History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, and History and International Relations. See http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research. This position will be part of the specialization Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence.

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.

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 is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For more information, please contact prof Cátia Antunes, email c.a.p.antunes@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Please quote the vacancy number in your application and send it by email to vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl, no later than June 2, 2017. All requested documents should be sent in PDF format, one PDF with all the documents listed below excluding the MA thesis, and a separate PDF with the thesis. The PDF’s should be titled ‘IH PHD + family name applicant’ and ‘IH PHD thesis + family name applicant’. Letters of application should be submitted in English and include a: 

  • Cover letter; 
  • Research statement having in mind the research question and content of the current project (maximum number of words 1500); 
  • A cv and a list of publications (if applicable); 
  • Copy of (research) MA thesis (or current draft for candidates that expect to graduate before September 1, 2017; 
  • Proof of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers or those without an undergraduate degree obtained in The Netherlands or an English-speaking country (IELTS 7.0 or lower will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, e.g. in the case of other compensatory factors such as unique experience and expertise); 
  • List of (maximum) two referees to your application (with full postal addresses, telephone numbers and emails). Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee.

The search committee will interview short listed candidates in the week of June 19, 2017, at Leiden University. (short listed candidates will receive an invitation on June 14, 2017).


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