Amsterdam: Postdoctoral Researcher in the History of Anti-Corruption at University of Amsterdam

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Job description

The Institute for Culture and History (ICH) & the Department of History, Archaeology and Area Studies of the Faculty of Humanities are looking for a post-doctoral fellow in the History of medieval anti-corruption as part of the FP7 project Anti-Corruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption, supervised by Prof. dr. Guy Geltner, Prof. dr. James Kennedy, and Dr. Maaike van Berkel, and in cooperation with the History Workgroup of theFP7 project. This project aims at identifying and analysing successful anti-corruption strategies, not only in the present but, as in the case of this postdoctoral position, the past.

Project description

Western European countries are listed among the least corrupt and are taken as global examples of good government.  The specific research project should focus on the development of ideas and practices of anticorruption in Europe since 1800. Applicants are invited to develop a vision for her/his research in this field by way of a proposal to accompany the application. The proposal might address developments which purportedly are specific for the modern (anti)corruption discourse such as the development of a public-private distinction, the idea that corruption is manageable and the fact that politics should be held responsible for (un)successfully fighting corruption. Transnational or comparative perspectives between countries/regions and (sub)periods should be part of the research proposal; expertise in Britain, Germany or Spain is particularly attractive  Knowledge of the history of (anti)corruption and modern politics is preferable. The focus should be on the  mechanisms to detect and fight corruption (e.g., (administrative, political, social).


Applicants must have fully completed a PhD in modern history or a pertinent field, but must have no more than two years of experience after obtaining PhD.  They must have demonstrable skills in working with original primary sources in the field of modern political history.  Specialization in German, British or French history preferred, or for scholars trained in conducting comparative or transnational research. Organizational and editing skills are an additional plus.

Conditions of employment

The appointment, 30,4 hours per week, is for a period of two years at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam starting no later than May 2014. The gross monthly salary (on a full time basis) will range between €3,037 and €3,491 depending on experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

Additional information

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