Wageningen University PhD position: Food and Health in Historical Perspective
For this PhD position you will develop your own research project under supervision of scholars at the Rural and Environmental History Group. You will participate in the research program of this Group, and follow the PhD-education programmes of Wageningen University and the N.W. Posthumus Institute. You will be able to develop your personal research CV and will co-lecture one or two courses in economic, global and/or environmental history to social science students.
You also have:
- a completed MA/MSc in history, economic history or economics;
- demonstrable research skills (e.g., statistical, archival, writing);
- excellent command on English in oral and written form; proficiency in other languages would be considered an advantage, depending on the chosen research focus;
- good organizational skills and the proven capacity to work with deadlines;
- enthusiasm for teaching and working with (international) students in a variety of programmes;
- strong motivation to develop your own research design;
- ability to work both independently and in small teams;
- great interest and curiosity in societal issues such as the causes and consequences of global inequality.
Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
- sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
- working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
- the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
- there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
- a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
- excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.
- Full transcript of grades obtained during (Res)MA/MSc studies
- Two recent letters of reference, one of which preferably written by your thesis supervisor
- A 1.000 word outline of your research ideas related to the PhD project*
- An important element of the application file includes a 1.000 word (maximum) outline of your research ideas. In this outline, you may discuss the geographic area and time frame you would focus on, the research question(s) you would be interested in and how you intend to tackle that question/those questions. Provide a justification for your research question(s) as well as the chosen region(s) and time period on the basis of the relevant academic literature,. In addition, discuss the research methods you intend to use, why you have chosen these methods, and which possible sources you intend to study. Applications without a research outline will not be taken into consideration.
We prefer a candidate who is available as soon as possible, but the starting date is negotiable.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via firstname.lastname@example.org.