[H-verkko] Vl: EH.News: Job opportunity for PhD candidate in social and economic history, Utrecht University (deadline 30 September 2013)
sakari.saaritsa at helsinki.fi
To Heinä 25 08:00:50 EEST 2013
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Lähettäjä: Tine De Moor <collective-action at uu.nl>
Saaja: sakari.saaritsa at helsinki.fi
Aihe: EH.News: Job opportunity for PhD candidate in social and economic history, Utrecht University (deadline 30 September 2013)
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Job opportunity for PhD candidate in social and economic history, Utrecht
University (deadline 30 September 2013)
Utrecht University offers
*1 PhD-position in social and economic history*
*Faculty of Humanities*
Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is an internationally renowned research
university with a strong ambition in regard to education quality and study
success. The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff
members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious
Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages,
Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these
fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the
Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.
The enthusiastic and motivated colleagues and the excellent facilities in the
historic town centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is located, provide a
stimulating professional atmosphere. Moreover, Utrecht University offers
attractive terms of employment.
*The PhD-position in social and economic history*
The PhD will work within the NWO-funded project /“Nature or nurture? A
search for the institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy
in Europe during the early modern period”/ which examines the relationship
between the development of the European Marriage Pattern, changes in
fertility and in institutional developments directed towards elderly care,
amongst others in the form of institutions for collective action. The three
researchers that will be employed for this project -funded by the Dutch
Council for Scientific Research- will become part of a larger team that
focusses on various form of institutions for collective action in the past
The PhD-student involved in this subproject will concentrate on the effect of
life course decisions on the living conditions and life expectancy at a later
age, in both Western and Southern Europe. Aspects such as marriage age,
fertility, social mobility, labour market participation will receive extra
attention to understand how elderly managed to organize care and which
effects this had on life expectancy and living conditions at a later age. The
PhD-student will work closely together with the two postdocs employed for
this project and is expected to actively contribute also to other members of
the research team both in Utrecht and elsewhere in Europe.
The PhD will be based at Utrecht University, and be part of the research team
led by prof. Dr. Tine De Moor and will as such also be part of the department
of social and economic history led by prof. Bas van Bavel.
- A (research) master degree in history, or in economics or demography or
another social science with clear interest in the economic and social history
of early-modern Europe.
- experience in archival research;
- a strong interest for relevant theory;
- an outstanding record of undergraduate and Master's degree work;
- capacity to work both as a creative and independent researcher and as part
of a team.
- training in (historical) demography is an advantage
*Terms of employment*
We offer a full-time PhD position (1,0 fte), consisting of an initial period
of 18 months which, after a satisfactory first year, will be extended by
another 30 months (4 years in total), with a gross monthly salary starting at
€ 2,062,- in the first year, ending at € 2,638,- in the fourth year (1,0
fte). Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8%
per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions.
Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch
PhD-students, also referred to as doctoral candidates, are expected to take
courses at the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the research school for social and
For further information about these projects, see “Projects” at
More specific information about the VIDI-project at
Please write to collective-action at uu.nl for further enquiries about this job
*How to apply*
You can apply for this position using the following link:
Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, information
undergraduate training, a transcript of academic results, an MA thesis (or
coursework if the MA thesis is not yet available), certified copies of
relevant diplomas and the contact details of two referees (names,
affiliations and phone numbers or email
addresses). Preferably, reference letters are included.
Applicants are required to submit a 600-word research design proposal, in
which they present their ideas about the relevant (sub)project. Please note
that applications without this 600-word research design proposal will not be
included in the selection procedure!
The deadline of the application is September 30th.
collective-action at uu.nl
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