Gepubliceerd op 01-10-2015

Vacatures: Two positions for postdoctoral researchers in History, Leiden University

The Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History announces vacancies, starting date 1 January 2016, for:

Two positions for postdoctoral researchers in History (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 15-320

Key responsibilities
The Leiden University Institute for History has two positions on offer for postdoctoral researchers. These positions are meant to improve the prospects of junior as well as more advanced researchers who wish to pursue a scholarly career.

During the period of their contract (no longer than six months on the basis of 1,0 fte) applicants are expected to write a research grant proposal (preferably for a Rubicon, VENI or VIDI application) and publish one article in a peer reviewed journal. In case a grant is subsequently awarded the applicant is expected to base his/her project at the Leiden University Institute for History.

Selection criteria
The following categories of researchers can apply for one of the postdoctoral positions:

  • Scholars who obtained their PhD in the Humanities in 2009 or in a more recent year;
  • Scholars who have not graduated in the Humanities yet, but whose PhD manuscript has been officially approved by the dissertation committee or external examiner on 1 November 2015.

Applicants should keep in mind that a substantial publication record is recommended.

About our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 6.000 students and 800 staff members. For more information, see http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl .

The Leiden Institute for History is one of the six research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The institute is responsible for the main part of the historical research carried out at Leiden University.

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 five 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, and Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence. See: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research.

Terms and conditions
The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch universities (CAO) depending on qualifications and experience. The salary will be between the gross minimum of € 2,476 (scale 10) and gross maximum of € 4,551 (scale 11) for a full working week. Leiden University also offers an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

The successful candidates are encouraged to commence employment on 1 January 2016. The contract details (starting date and hours) are subject to negotiation.

For more information, please contact Dr. P.J.J. Meel, Director of Research of the Institute for History: P.J.J.Meel@hum.leidenuniv.nl .

Letters of application should be submitted in English and include:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae and a list of publications;
  • Statement of purpose (max. 1000 words) containing a project outline (research question, historiographical framework, theoretical and methodological approach and an inventory of prospective sources, an outline of the expected results, the societal relevance of the project and the embedding of the project within one – or several – of the five research specializations of the Leiden University Institute for History) and a realistic work plan (showing the project stages and accounting for the time needed to write the research proposal and the corresponding journal article). It should be kept in mind that the duration of a contract offered by the Leiden University Institute for History (no longer than six months full-time) will primarily depend on the actual project proposal.

The deadline for applications is 25 October 2015. Please quote the vacancy number (15-320) in your application and send it electronically to: vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl. All requested documents should be sent in a single PDF named ‘ FAMILY NAME/IH POSTDOC’.

An interview committee will consider the applications and will invite a number of applicants for an interview which will include a short presentation. Out of these shortlisted candidates the committee will select a top 2 whose files will be forwarded to the board of the Leiden University Institute for History for consideration. This board ultimately decides on their appointment and the duration of the contract. Starting date of the selected projects will be 1 January 2016.

Interviews will be held in the second or third week of November 2015.

Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
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