Job vacancy: PhD student KITLV – Caribbean

Job Vacancy: PhD student KITLV / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, 4 years full-time (38 hours / 1 FTE)
Closing date: March 1, 2017

Job Description
In cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Universities of Aruba and Curaçao, KITLV searches for an ambitious and enthusiastic PhD student who will conduct research on past and present definitions and practices of cultural heritage in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and in the Netherlands. The researcher will work within the Traveling Caribbean Heritage project http://www.kitlv.nl/traveling-caribbean-heritage/, a project of KITLV with the universities of Aruba and Curaçao and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The applicant will work at KITLV, while the defense of the dissertation will be at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

We are looking for a PhD candidate who:

  • will engage in literature research and fieldwork in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and the Netherlands;
  • conducts qualitative and quantitative comparative analyses of these non-sovereign territories;
  • reports about these analyses in (co-)publications in international academic publications;
  • and will finish a PhD dissertation within four years.

Requirements

The candidate will:

  • hold a MA (preferably a Research Master) in History, Anthropology, Caribbean Studies or Cultural Studies;
  • have an excellent command of written and spoken Papiamentu, Dutch and English;
  • have an affinity with Dutch Caribbean cultural heritage practices;
  • will work with a wide range of cultural heritage workers and scholars.

Applications should contain:

  • A motivation letter
  • A recent academic publication and/or M.A. thesis
  • Curriculum vitae

Location
Leiden, The Netherlands, plus extended periods of fieldwork in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao

Hours per week:
38 hrs (full-time)

Terms of employment
The candidate is expected to start in the Spring of 2017. The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended for another 3 years.

The starting salary is € 2.191 and will increase each year after a positive evaluation (following the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities CAO-Nederlandse Universiteiten; http://www.vsnu.nl/en_GB/cao-universiteiten.html). Benefits include pension contribution, annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. KITLV offers a dynamic research environment, an excellent library on campus, and good research facilities.

Our organizations
KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies is a world-class research institute for the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with a focus on Indonesia and the ‘Dutch’ Caribbean, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. Benefitting from the unrivalled collections offered on campus by Leiden University, KITLV researchers explore (dis)continuities between the (pre)colonial and postcolonial period, and articulate their research agendas empirically and theoretically in order to advance wider debates on the meandering paths of globalization. KITLV engages with the academic community across the world, as well as with (inter)national governmental organizations, NGOs, the media, and the interested general public. KITLV www.kitlv.nl is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
The PhD candidate will defend her/his dissertation at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, embedded in the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Education https://www.eshcc.eur.nl/geschiedenis/.

Procedure
Deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. We plan to interview in March, on site or via Skype.

Enquiries
For enquiries, please contact Prof. dr. G.J. Oostindie (KITLV) ln.vl1492795746tik@e1492795746idnit1492795746soo1492795746, prof. dr. Alex van Stipriaan (EUR) ln.ru1492795746e.cch1492795746se@na1492795746airpi1492795746ts1492795746, dr. Luc Alofs (University of Aruba) wa.au1492795746@sfol1492795746a.cul1492795746, dr. Rose Mary Allen (University of Curaçao) moc.l1492795746iamto1492795746h@0551492795746rda1492795746.

Please mail applications to: ln.vl1492795746tik@e1492795746idnit1492795746soo1492795746

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