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Postdoctoral researcher ‘Refugees and Early Modern States’

Faculty of Humanities - Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Postdoctoral researcher ‘Refugees and Early Modern States’
Publicatiedatum 15 maart 2019
Sluitingsdatum 25 april 2019
Opleidingsniveau Gepromoveerd
Functieomvang 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €3,389 to €4,138 gross per month
Vacaturenummer 19-162

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) currently has a vacant Postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-funded VICI Project The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe, led by professor Geert Janssen. ASH is one of the six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

Project description

This Postdoctoral project Refugees and Early Modern States is one of five closely-related projects, which together aim to analyse the invention of the refugee in early modern Europe. Funded through a VICI-grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the programme seeks to achieve three inter-related objectives:

  1. To explain the emergence of the refugee as a social category in European society.
  2. To identify the agency of displaced religious minorities in forging transnational solidarity networks.
  3. To uncover the impact of refugees on European state formation.

The Postdoctoral researcher will study objective 3 by examining how the protection and accommodation of displaced men and women interacted with the ambitions of early modern authorities to expand their territories and forge confessional regimes. She/he will work closely with three PhD’s and the PI. A detailed research outline on the project, including potential source material, may be obtained from the PI Geert Janssen.

Tasks of the Postdoctoral researcher will include:

  • participating in meetings of the project research group and developing a shared database;
  • presenting intermediate research results at workshops and conferences, and delivering at least two peer reviewed articles;
  • organizing knowledge dissemination activities;
  • organizing an international conference on early modern refugees and (co-)editing a collection of essays;
  • contributing to teaching courses in early modern history.


The successful applicant must have:

  • a PhD in Early Modern History;
  • excellent research skills, demonstrated by a track record of publishing in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research;
  • enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences;
  • proficiency in English.

Further information

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The Postdoctoral researcher will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE) for a period of 3 years at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 September 2019. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €3.389 during the first year to €4.138 in the third year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch universities.

 Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Applications should include the following information, in one PDF file (not zipped):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a research proposal of 500-1000 words, showing how the candidate would approach her/his project;
  • a full academic CV, including a list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee.

Applicants must have completed their PhD before the start of this Postdoctoral project.

Please submit your application by means of the link below (use the obliged field ‘CV’ in the application form) no later than 25 April 2019.

Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to this email address will be considered.

Interviews will take place on 16 / 17 May 2019. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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