Job vacancy: Post-doctoral researcher – Confronting Caribbean Challenges project

KITLV searches for an ambitious and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher, who will conduct a global analysis of non-sovereign territories and the relationship with their metropolitan powers. The researcher will work within the ‘Confronting Caribbean Challenges’ project (

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow who:

  • collects data on non-sovereign territories and the relationship with their respective metropolitan powers in various regions of the world (mostly Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Oceania);
  • conducts qualitative and quantitative comparative analyses of these non-sovereign territories;
  • reports about these analyses in international academic publications together with two other KITLV researchers.

The candidate will:

  • hold a PhD in political science, public administration, international relations, contemporary history, or law;
  • have excellent written and spoken English, and preferably also French;
  • preferably have an affinity with new tools and research methods in social science.

Applications should contain

  • A motivation letter
  • A recent academic publication (or conference paper / dissertation chapter)
  • Curriculum vitae

Leiden, The Netherlands

Minimum hours per week: 19 hrs
Maximum hours per week: 38 hrs (full-time)

Terms of employment
The appointment will be for 9 -months full-time position starting from January 2017. Part-time for a longer period is negotiable.  The salary will be in scale 10 (min. €2,532 and max. €3,997 gross per month on a full time basis) under the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-Nederlandse Universiteiten;; 8% holiday payment and a 8,3% year-end bonus apply. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits. KITLV offers a dynamic research environment, an excellent library on campus, and good research facilities.

Our organization
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 ( is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

We plan to interview in December 2016, on site or via Skype.
For enquiries, please contact Dr. Wouter Veenendaal ([email protected]).

Please mail applications to:
Dr. Wouter Veenendaal: [email protected].

Closing date:
1 December 2016.

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