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The project ‘Managing Scarcity’ will study the oil industry’s involvement in the resource scarcity debate of the 1970s. Through channels such as the 1972 Limits to Growth report and UN Conference on the Human Environment, current and former oil executives helped focus global attention on the scarcity of clean air and water, food, electricity, and of course oil. Through external collaborations and in-house projects in solar and nuclear energy, computing, biotechnology, and other technologies, oil firms explored ways of addressing scarcity. Yet in the 1980s the urgency of scarcity diminished and oil firms withdrew from association with environmentalism and alternative energy.
‘Managing Scarcity’ will combine perspectives from the history of science and technology, business history, and environmental history. The project will consist of four interlinked subprojects – focusing respectively on: solar and nuclear power; oil firms’ involvement with computing and biotechnology; and the resource scarcity debate and resource forecasting. The post-doctoral project, dealing with the latter topic, will analyze the networks in which oil firms and oil actors participated (e.g. the Club of Rome and the International Institute for Environment and Development) and the technologies they developed for forecasting future resource use and availability. You are expected to collaborate closely with the researchers in the other sub-projects.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a research team working on the history of the oil industry, environmentalism, and resource scarcity, particularly (but not limited to) the period 1968-1986.
Because of the transnational nature of the oil industry, sources will be written in several different languages. At least one member of the project should be able to read French and/or Italian. At least one member of the project should be able to write in Dutch for wider audiences. Knowledge of other languages (e.g., Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic) is a plus: please indicate your ability in any languages and the possible relevance of those languages to the project.
We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. You will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme. You will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.
We offer a 4-year full-time appointment as Post-Doctoral Researcher (Onderzoeker 3). The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for the remaining 3 years.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 3.255,00 per month, scale level 10 (based on a full-time appointment). Controleren door HR assistent
After a positive assessment a promotion to scale 11 is possible in the 2nd year.
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing.
Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.
Starting date: 15 August 2020
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers three 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture, European Studies and Digital Society. It also offers eight different 1-year master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes. Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.
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