Netherlands: Ph.D. Position in Humanities

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General project information:

The book as we know it today was born during the Twelfth-Century Renaissance, an intellectual revival that brought about a major renewal in European culture. Funded through the NWO Vidi-scheme, “Turning over a New Leaf” is a research project that aims to study the emergence and development of the new book format (the Pregothic manuscript), including its readings aids and physical features, by linking the book to the manner in which it was used as well as the cultural and intellectual background of its users.

The Ph.D. student is expected to undertake original research for the duration of four years in the area of the project, participate in conferences, generate publications and write a doctoral dissertation. The undertaken work will expected to be related to one particular dimension of the project, namely the users of the new book format, including their cultural background, reading practices and intellectual interests. See for a detailed description of the project, including the Ph.D. component, the following website: www.hum.leiden.edu/icd/research/news/vacancies.html.
To engage in supervised academic research that will result in a doctoral thesis;

  • To conduct research in various European libraries;
  • To prepare and submit research output for publication in peer-reviewed international journals;
  • To assist the project coordinator.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in the Humanities in a related subject, obtained no longer than four years ago;
  • Excellent knowledge of Latin and good knowledge of medieval paleography and codicology;
  • Excellent knowledge of English, both verbal and written (knowledge of Dutch is not a requirement);
  • Clear affinity to the project’s topic;
  • On completion, the successful candidate will receive a doctor’s degree from the Faculty of the Humanities of Leiden University, with a LUICD professor acting as supervisor.

Conditions of employment

The successful applicant will be appointed for a period of one year (38 hour a week) and will be extended in principle of three years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility and progress. The salary is € 2.042,- gross per month during the first year, increasing to maximally € 2612,- in the fourth year and in conformity with current salary scales under the collective labour agreement (CAO) for Dutch universities. The successful candidate will be expected to start 1 September or 1 October 2010.

Contract type

Temporary

one year (38 hour a week) and will be extended in principle of three years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility and progress.

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