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Job vacancy PhD position Social and Economic History - Utrecht University

The Research Institute for History and Culture (Utrecht University) offers

1 PhD-position social and economic history.

Faculty of Humanities Utrecht University is one of the largest and most prominent centers for research and education. With almost 7,000 students and close to 900 staff, the Faculty of Humanities offers a stimulating, dynamic working environment. Our educational and research programs focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media, philosophy and theology, from the Ancient World to the present. Key areas are interdisciplinary work and international cooperation, excellent quality of research and education, and the use of new media. Research takes place in four institutes:

• Research institute for History and Culture (OGC);
• Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS);
• ZENO (Leiden-Utrecht research institute for philosophy);
• Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies (INTEGON).

The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities guarantees the high quality of education for research master’s and PhD students.

Research Institute for History and Culture Over 300 researchers are employed by the Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Cultuur (Research Institute for History and Culture): OGC. The research of OGC is divided into eleven groups: classical antiquity, medieval culture, cultural history, media studies, music history, art history, (early) modern literature, Oriental studies, international political history, socio-economic history and women's studies. Some of this research, namely the contract research, is done on behalf of third parties.

Internationalization has a high priority within the OGC. It has exchange contracts with a number of foreign universities including UCLA in the United States.
The PhD-position social and economic history The PhD will work within the ERC-funded project “United We Stand”. The Dynamics and Consequences of Institutions for Collective Action in Pre-Industrial Europe' which examines the connection between institutions for collective action, marriage patterns and economic
development in detail. The project is funded by European Research Council, as part of a Starting Grant awarded to project-co-ordinator Dr. Tine De Moor. For further information about the project, see “Projects” at:

The PhD-student involved in this subproject will be concentrate on the functioning of institutions for collective action and their interaction with exogenous change such as population growth, agricultural change, market integration, political pressure etc. The PhD-student will study a number of case-studies of rural institutions for collective action, such as commons, irrigation communities and rural guilds in order to compare systematically how these institutions dealt with exogenous shocks and continuous change in the above mentioned fields. Moreover, the research will focus on how these institutions for collective action managed to deal with internal changes such as changes in the group size, in the social-economic background of their members, in the participation level of their members etc. The selection of cases and their geographical location will also depend on the background of the selected candidate. This study will be conducted in close cooperation with other members of the 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 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 and Jan Luiten van Zanden.


- A (research) master degree in history, or in economics 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;

Terms of employment

We offer a PhD position (1,0fte) with a one year contract beginning October 2011. After a positive evaluation this contract can be extended to a maximum of two more years (a total of three years maximum). 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 economic history. Salary will be rising from € 2.042,- a month (before taxes) during the first year to € 2.492,- a month during the third year on a fulltime basis. We also offer solid benefits.

Further details

Please contact the project leader dr. Tine De Moor (email: for further details. Applicants can also consult the OGC-website and the website of the

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, information about their undergraduate training, a transcript of academic results, an MA thesis (or written 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, in which they present
their ideas about the relevant project. Please note that applications without this 600-word design proposal will not be included in the selection procedure! Further details about the project can be found on the above mentioned website. Applications can be sent to the HR department, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, the Netherlands, or by email to, indicating the reference number of the vacancy (163069), on the envelope and the cover letter, or in the message and the attachments.

All applications should be sent to this mail address. Please use either pdf.-files or doc.- formats if you apply through email. The deadline of the application is August 22nd. We will be selecting candidates for interviews after September 1st. Those who have not been selected will be informed after September 30th.

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