3 PhD Positions, The Scholarly Self: Character, Habit, and Virtue in the Humanities, 1860-1930 Scholarly Selves: How to Discipline One’s Body, Heart, and Mind

Leiden University

3 PhD Positions, The Scholarly Self: Character, Habit, and Virtue in the Humanities, 1860-1930

Scholarly Selves: How to Discipline One’s Body, Heart, and Mind

Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History, General History

30.4 hours per week


  • Writing a dissertation in English within five years;

  • Submitting research results for publication in international peer-reviewed academic journals (either individually or co-authored);

  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops;

  • Co-organizing conferences and workshops;

  • Teaching undergraduate courses in the third and fourth year of appointment;

  • Actively participating in project discussions and working as a peer reviewer for the team.


  • MA degree in History or a related field;

  • Fluency in English and passive command of German (additionally, passive command of Dutch and French would be a great advantage);

  • Demonstrable interest in the history of the humanities and/or the history of science;

  • Experience in working with nineteenth-century archival source material;

  • Willingness to work in an international and highly competitive environment;

  • Willingness to utilize theoretical and comparative frameworks;

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of the team.

Conditions of employment: The three PhD positions are part-time (0.8 fte) and for five years. Initially all employees will receive a one-and-a-half year contract. An extension of three-and-a-half years is possible after positive evaluations of capabilities and compatibilities.

Remuneration for a full working week will be €2.083,- gross per calendar month in the first year, increasing to €2.664- gross per calendar month in the fourth and fifth year. An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%

Information: For more information, please contact Dr. Herman Paul (h.j.paul@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

General Information: Institute for History: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/geschiedenis


Letters of application should be submitted in English and include a:

  • Cover letter, specifying for which of the three PhD positions you apply;

  • Statement of Purpose, which will
    • state the ways in which your experience and knowledge would aid the team in achieving the goals of this project;

    • explain how you see your role as a researcher in a comparative, interdisciplinary and international project;
  • Curriculum vitae and a list of publications (if applicable);

  • Copy of MA thesis;

  • Proof of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers or those without an undergraduate degree obtained in The Netherlands or an English-speaking country (IELTS 7.0 or lower will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, e.g. in the case of other compensatory factors such as unique experience and expertise);

  • List of (maximum) two referees to your application (with full postal addresses, telephone numbers and emails). Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee.

2. Scholarly Aptitude: Criteria for Selection and Promotion

3. Men with a Mission: Informal Accountability Practices

Please quote the vacancy number in your application and send it electronically to: vacaturesgeschiedenis@hum.leidenuniv.nl via the Apply button below before September 6, 2013. All requested documents should be sent in PDF format.

An interview with the search committee is part of the procedure. Short listed candidates will be interviewed at Leiden University. Interviews will be held in the second half of September 2013.

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