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The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the six research schools of the Faculty of Humanities, currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the NWO-funded VICI project ‘The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe’ led by Prof. Geert Janssen.
This PhD project on Jewish diasporas 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:
You will study objectives 1 and 2 by focusing on the agency of displaced Jewish minorities in 16th and 17th century Europe. You will work closely with two other PhD’s, a postdoc and the PI. You may obtain a detailed research outline on the project, including potential source material, from the PI Geert Janssen. Prof Irene Zwiep will act as co-supervisor of this project.
Your tasks will include:
If you are the PhD student we are looking for you should:
have a MA or MPhil degree in Early Modern History, Jewish Studies, or other relevant field in the Humanities;
have an excellent command of English, preferably a good command of Portuguese, Spanish and/or Hebrew;
have excellent research skills;
preferably have experience with premodern manuscript reading;
have a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research.
You will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE) for a period of 48 months at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. Initially a contract will be given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 February 2019. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €2,266 during the first year to €2,897 during the fourth year. The salary will be supplemented with an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.
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Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the six research schools, currently has a vacant PhD position as part of the NWO-funded VICI project ‘The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe’ led by Prof. Geert Janssen.
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