Gepubliceerd op 24-04-2017

Vacature: Postdoctoral Position Institute for History (Deadline 2 June)

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is offering a

Postdoctoral Position Institute for History (0.5 fte) 
Vacancy number 17-139

Project description
The Early Modern Dutch Empire was characterized by diversity. The NWO financed project Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800 (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/resilient-diversity-the-governance-of-racial-and-religious-plurality-in-the-dutch-empire-1600-1800?q=governance%20of%20colonial%20diversity) 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. 
This project is a joint endeavor between the Institute for History of 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. dr. Cátia Antunes, dr. Karwan Fatah Black; at the IISG: prof. dr. Ulbe Bosma and dr. Matthias van Rossum), two postdoctoral fellows and two PhD candidates.

Key responsibilities

  • Submitting research results for publication to international peer-reviewed academic journals in single and co-authorship with other team members;
  • 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;
  • There is the possibility of contract extension for teaching tasks inscribed within the budget of the project;
  • Participating in research activities at the N. W. Posthumus Institute;

The candidate will be responsible for the development of the subproject Ruling Overseas: Connected Practices of Governance and Law (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/ruling-overseas-connected-practices-of-governance-of-law). This subproject answers the question how were Dutch overseas legal practices implemented, adapted and negotiated to govern diversity in the colonial empire? The candidate will be directly supervised by prof. Cátia Antunes and co-supervised by dr. Karwan Fatah-Black.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in History (or relevant discipline closely connected with the theme of this subproject);
  • 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 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 postdoctoral position is part-time and for a period of 34 months. Initially the employee will receive a one year contract. An extension of 22 months is possible having received positive evaluations of capabilities and achievements. The monthly salary for a full-time working week will range between € 3,427.- and € 4,691.- gross (pay scale 11). Depending on qualifications, the postdoc may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to the years of relevant work experience.

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, Professor of History of Global Economic Networks: Merchants, Entrepreneurs and Empires, at email c.a.p.antunes@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Letters of application should be submitted in English and include: 
• A cover letter; 
• A 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); 
• A copy PhD dissertation (if already published can be one of the two relevant publications); 
• A copy of two relevant publications; 
• A 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); 
• A 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.

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 above 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’.

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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