Tuesday, August 12, 2014

PhD/Postdoc Position: History of International Relations, Utrecht University - Department of History and Art History

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Location: Utrecht
Salary: €2,083 to €3,831
£1,662.03 to £3,056.75 converted salary* per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract/Temporary
Placed on: 4th August 2014
Closes: 5th September 2014 

About the organisation

Utrecht University is one of Europe’s leading research universities, recognized internationally for its high quality and innovative approach to both research and teaching.

Founded in 1636, the University has always focused strongly on research. Owing to its solid grounding in discipline-based scholarship, Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge.


You will work within the project 'Securing Europe, fighting its enemies. The making of a security culture in Europe and beyond, 1815-1914'.

You will be based at Utrecht University and will be part of the department History and Art History. The project aims to trace the formation of a European security culture as the sum of mutually shared visions on 'enemies of the states', 'vital interests' and associated practices between 1815 and 1914.

The research team will be comparing a series of different security regimes in which Europe engaged globally. Within the project, a PostDoc and three PhD positions will be available for the following projects:
  • The European fight against Piracy and Privateering;
  • The European Anti-Anarchist Campaign;
  • The European Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine & The European commission of the maritime Danube;
  • The European Commission on Syria and the supervision over the Mutasariffiat regime & The European intervention in the Boxer Rebellion in China.

A successful candidate should preferably have:
  • For a PhD position: a (research) master degree in history, international relations or a relevant social science with clear interest in nineteenth-century history and an outstanding record of undergraduate and Master's degree work;
  • For a postdoc position: a PhD in a relevant historical discipline or a manuscript submitted to the PhD committee and experience in publishing at high academic standards;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and passive knowledge of two other European languages. Knowledge of French, Russian, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish or Chinese would be an asset
  • Experience in archival research;
  • Capacity to work as a creative and independent researcher in an international team;

Three PhD positions (1 FTE) beginning November 1st 2014 for an initial period of eighteen months. After a satisfactory first year this will be extended with thirty months (four years in total). A gross monthly salary starting at € 2.083 in the first year, ending at € 2.664 in the fourth year on a fulltime basis.

A postdoc-position (1 FTE) beginning November 1st 2014 for an initial period of one year. This contract can be extended with a maximum of three years (a total three to four years maximum) after a satisfactory first year. Salary ranges between € 3.037 and € 3.831 gross per month on a fulltime basis.


Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, certified copies of relevant diplomas, one recent academic publication, two letters of references and a 600-word research design proposal, in which the applicant presents his ideas about the relevant project.

Included in this proposal in an indication of the specific position and work package you are applying for. Please note that applications without this 600-word research design proposal will not be included in the subsequent selection procedure!

You can send your application to the project coordinator, Susanne Keesman, s.j.keesman@uu.nl. You can also contact her for more information and an extended project description.

Respond before 5 September 2014.

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