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Postdoctoral Position Institute for History (0.5 fte)

The Early Modern Dutch Empire was characterized by diversity. The NWO financed project Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800 looks into how diversity was governed in the ...

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Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
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19 uur


The Early Modern Dutch Empire was characterized by diversity. The NWO financed project Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800 looks into how diversity was governed in the Dutch Empire in the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. At the same time, it looks for the reasons for the resilience of institutions of diversity governance and its impact in Early Modern and contemporary society.

This project is a joint endeavor between the Institute for History of Leiden University, and the International Institute of Social History (IISG-Amsterdam). The candidate will work within a team of four senior researchers (at Leiden: prof. dr. Cátia Antunes, dr. Karwan Fatah Black; at the IISG: prof. dr. Ulbe Bosma and dr. Matthias van Rossum), two postdoctoral fellows and two PhD candidates.

Key responsibilities

  • Submitting research results for publication to international peer-reviewed academic journals in single and co-authorship with other team members;
  • Attending and actively participating in all the team meetings;
  • Jointly contribute to the team’s database (as a research tool for the whole project);
  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops;
  • Co-organizing conferences and workshops;
  • There is the possibility of contract extension for teaching tasks inscribed within the budget of the project;
  • Participating in research activities at the N. W. Posthumus Institute;

The candidate will be responsible for the development of the subproject Ruling Overseas: Connected Practices of Governance and Law. This subproject answers the question how were Dutch overseas legal practices implemented, adapted and negotiated to govern diversity in the colonial empire?

The candidate will be directly supervised by prof. Cátia Antunes and co-supervised by dr. Karwan Fatah-Black.


  • PhD in History (or relevant discipline closely connected with the theme of this subproject);
  • Written and oral fluency in Dutch and English;
  • Demonstrable interest for research premises of the project;
  • Willingness to work within a team and an international academic community that aspires to scholarly excellence;
  • A problem-focused approach to research and demonstrable ability to apply theoretical and comparative frameworks;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.


The postdoctoral position is part-time and for a period of 34 months. Initially the employee will receive a one year contract. An extension of 22 months is possible having received positive evaluations of capabilities and achievements.

The monthly salary for a full-time working week will range between € 3,427.- and € 4,691.- gross (pay scale 11). Depending on qualifications, the postdoc may start at the appropriate step in scale 10 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scale 11 as specified by the Faculty of Humanities, particularly with regard to the years of relevant work experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Additional information

For more information, please contact prof Cátia Antunes, Professor of History of Global Economic Networks: Merchants, Entrepreneurs and Empires, at email c.a.p.antunes@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Faculty of Humanities - Institute of History

The Institute for History is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers with outstanding track records and successful in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label ‘Global Questions, Local Sources’ scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World (400 BC - 400 AD), Collective Identities and Transnational Networks in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800, Political Culture and National Identities, Colonial and Global History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, and History and International Relations. See: www.hum.leiden.edu/history/research. This position will be part of the specialization Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence.