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Postdoctoral Position Institute for History - Netherlands  

Universiteit Leiden (company)


Posted on : 29 April 2017

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 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 our  University, and the International Institute of Social History.
  • The candidate will work within a team of four senior researchers 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. Post humus Institute; 

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 

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.
  • Our  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. 

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