Gepubliceerd op 14-03-2017

Vacature: Postdoctoral Researcher in Cultural History (Deadline 31 March)

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is searching for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cultural History (0.5 fte) 
Vacancy number 17-083

Project description
The NWO-project “Maritime Archeology Meets Cultural History: The Texel Shipwreck BZN17 in Context” investigates the recent, spectacular find near Texel in the context of British royalist travel to and from the Dutch Republic between 1640 and 1661. The discovery of the Texel wreck BZN17 recently attracted worldwide attention. Unique objects retrieved from the wreck, some related to the British royal House of Stuart, made international headlines, exciting professional archaeologists, historians and general audiences alike. This project seeks to promote a new engagement with early modern material culture in general, and those unique objects found in the wreck in particular, using cultural historical sources and methodologies.

Two postdocs will conduct archival research in the UK and the Netherlands, establishing a historical context as well as basic facts regarding the owners of both goods and ship. Subsequent co-operation with researchers of materiality will further our understanding of how the history of Anglo-Dutch mobility and displacement of exile affected material culture, and how individual and group identities were shaped through that culture on both sides of the Channel. A pilot study for a transdisciplinary European project, this project seeks to build a bridge between maritime archeologists and cultural historians, in association with experts from the Conservation, Heritage and Museum sectors. Research outcomes will be widely disseminated through international media and exhibitions. The first Postdoc will begin on 1 May 2017.

Key responsibilities
The Postdoc will study the Texel find in the context of royalist travel in the mid-seventeenth century by researching British correspondences and the objects themselves. She/he will write one peer-reviewed scholarly article in a major journal and contribute to an exhibition catalogue. We encourage UK residents to apply for this post.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in cultural history or a related field (candidates near completion of the degree will be considered);
  • A research and publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • Specialist knowledge of mid-seventeenth-century British history;
  • Research experience with early modern correspondences, paleography, and archival research;
  • An interest in maritime history and/or archeology and material culture.

Our Faculty/Institute
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and regional studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 5400 students and 800 staff members. For more information, see http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

Terms and conditions
We offer a part-time, for 19 hours per week, fixed-term position from 1 May 2017 until 1 May 2018. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from € 2,552.- to € 4,028.-(pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), and training and career development. 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. http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

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

Enquiries can be made to dr Nadine Akkerman via email n.n.w.akkerman@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications must be received no later than 31 March 2017. Applications should be in English, and be submitted to vacatureslucas@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you include in a single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order: 
• A two-page cover letter stating your motivation for this position, detailing your previous research experience that makes you the ideal candidate for this position; 
• A cv including education and employment history, publications, courses taught, and languages and proficiency levels; 
• The names and contact addresses of two academic referees.

The interviews with shortlisted candidates (in person or Skype) are scheduled for Wednesday 12 April 2017


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