Postdoctoral Researcher in Sports History

Postdoctoral Researcher in Sports History

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6 Dec 5 Jan Nijmegen

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Are you keen to work in an interdisciplinary team exploring positive examples of diversity and belonging in the post-war history of sports? Are you interested in developing digital humanities skills? Then join us as a postdoctoral researcher in the project ’Arenas of Belonging: Sport Heroes as Models of Aspiration, Inspiration and Participation’.

Join our dynamic and innovative team at Radboud University as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of sports history. We are looking for a talented and independent researcher to support our NWO-funded project ’Re-Presenting Europe: Popular Representations of Diversity and Belonging’.

As part of the work package on sports history, you will analyse the histories of non-white athletes who were considered positive models of belonging. You will study both public perceptions and self-representations of these athletes. The geographical focus is on the Netherlands and its interactions with former colonies and overseas territories, using a transatlantic and postcolonial framework.

In carrying out this research you will use a combination of qualitative approaches and text mining and quantitative data analyses to identify representation styles and patterns in historical data sets, both on club and national team levels. Using, among other things, distant reading methods, you will reveal long-term continuities and patterns in the ways athletes from diverse backgrounds have been discussed in sources such as historical newspapers, sport magazines, and other periodicals. This may also include analysis of non-textual sources. You will also be responsible for contributing to a database maintained by the consortium’s digital archivist, which can be used by other researchers in the consortium.
You will join the department of History, Art History and Classics. As a member of the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH) you can join its newly founded research group on Colonial Relations and Structures, as well as contribute to the group on Applied History. You will work in close collaboration with our institute’s digital humanities team. As a postdoctoral researcher, you will have the opportunity to publish your research in academic journals, conference proceedings, or edited volumes.


Radboud University


  • You hold a PhD in a relevant field.
  • You have demonstrable expertise in sports history. Additionally, expertise in cultural history, transnational history, and an interest in historical issues of diversity are recommended.
  • You are willing to explore Digital Humanities and/or text mining techniques. 
  • You have a track record of international scholarly publications.
  • You speak and write fluently in Dutch and academic English; knowledge of Papiamentu or Sranantongo is a plus.
  • You are willing to live in the Netherlands during the term of the contract.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 24 months.

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €4,332 and a maximum of €5,929 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 24 months.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Faculty of Arts is committed to knowledge production with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration with each other. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximatively 2,500 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds and skills that will be assets to our study programmes and research profiles.

Radboud University
We are keen to meet critical thinkers who want to look closer at what really matters. People who, from their expertise, wish to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This ambition unites more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University and requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Postdoc
  • Language and culture
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1217065



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