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PhD candidate Forensic culture in England, 1930-2000 (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Humanities is looking for a PhD candidate Forensic culture in England, 1930-2000. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

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Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint a PhD student for the project ‘Forensic Culture. A Comparative Analysis of Forensic Practices in Europe, 1930-2000’ (FORCe), funded by means of an ERC Consolidator grant awarded to Dr. Willemijn Ruberg.

The PhD candidate will be working on the following sub project: 'PhD project 3: Forensic culture in England, 1930-2000'.

This PhD project will analyse the impact of scientists, doctors and psychiatrists as expert witnesses in English court cases in the period 1930-2000, in particular in criminal cases of rape, murder and infanticide. It focuses on the techniques used to produce knowledge, the relationship between science and the judiciary, the representation of forensic science in the media and the role gender plays in all of these aspects. The project will largely be based on primary source research (e.g. legal records, scientific journals, newspapers). It forms part of the project ‘Forensic Culture. A Comparative Analysis of Forensic Practices in Europe, 1930-2000’ (FORCe), which compares the forensic cultures of four countries (the Netherlands, England, Spain and Russia) in regard to legal system, political regime, the availability of knowledge and technology, media representation of forensic experts and norms on gender and sexuality. Overall, the project will gauge the influence of culture on forensic practices.


A successful PhD candidate should preferably have:

  • a (research) master degree in History, Gender Studies, Science and Technology Studies or another relevant discipline, and a demonstrable affinity with the project;
  • an outstanding record of undergraduate and master's degree work;
  • excellent command of English, both written and orally;
  • experience with archival research;
  • strong writing and analytical skills;
  • ability to meet deadlines and complete a PhD thesis within four years;
  • capacity to work both as a creative and independent researcher and as part of a team.


The position will be offered for 1.0 FTE, start date from 1 September 2018 onwards. The appointment is for an initial period of 18 months, which after a satisfactory evaluation will be extended by another 30 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary on a full-time basis starts at €2,222 in the first year, ending at €2,840 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Willemijn Ruberg, W.G.Ruberg@uu.nl. An extended research description is available upon request.