2 PhD candidates Legal History – Tilburg Law School

Department: Public Law & Governance
Location: Tilburg
Scientific area: legal history
Full time equivalent: 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week).
Duration of employment contract: 16 months, renewable (max. duration 48 months)
Monthly full-time salary: € 2.770 – € 3.539 gross
Job Closing Date: 4 November 2023

The department of Public Law and Governance (PLG) is looking for 2 PhD candidates who will be working within the project ‘Causal Pattern Analysis of Economic Sovereignty’ (CaPANES), which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator Grant 2021). PLG is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to nearly 130 academic staff and a range of legal and social science disciplines. You will develop and grow in research, both individually and as part of a team of fourteen legal historians.

Job Description 
As PhD candidate in legal history, you will analyze the historical use of sovereignty concepts in cities of commerce. The CaPANES project hypothesizes that in the early modern period cities of commerce, even within states, had foreign relations of their own and made strategic use of legal terms that defined their economic sovereignty. The CaPANES project pursues legal-historical analysis of both the domestic context of cities of commerce and of their interactions with other cities and states. The CaPANES combines qualitative and quantitative methods (social network analysis, modelling), and aims to yield conclusions that are relevant also for discussions on present-day economic sovereignty. The PhD candidates will analyze the interactions between six cities of commerce (Florence, Toulouse, Rouen, Bruges, Southampton and Lübeck). The first PhD position is concerned with Bruges, Southampton and Florence (c. 1400-c. 1520), the second PhD position with Rouen, Lübeck and Toulouse (c. 1400-c. 1550). 20% of the appointment may be dedicated to teaching and/or administration.

What do we ask? 
Tilburg University is curious about how you can contribute to our research, education, impact, and to the team you will be part of. Therefore, we would like to get the best possible picture of your knowledge, insight, skills, and personality. Below you can find the qualifications we consider important for the position.

You have studied law and/or history and have written one or more papers on an institutional-historical or legal-historical topic. Candidates should demonstrate their interest in history and research methods (qualitative and/or quantitative). Acquaintance with archival research is a plus.

Candidates are expected to combine good research skills with experience in networking and communicative skills and to have an entrepreneurial mindset. You have scientific integrity and will contribute to an open and diversified culture of excellence. You are committed to becoming an active member of our team, the department, and the school.

For the two positions it is required that candidates have high proficiency in English, both written and spoken. Candidates for the first PhD position (Bruges-Southampton-Florence) have a good command of Dutch (reading) and preferably French and/or Italian (reading). Candidates for the second PhD position (Rouen-Lübeck-Toulouse) have a good command of French (reading) and German or Dutch (reading).

To maintain a vibrant and active university community, it is important that we meet each other regularly and that the connection between us remains good. Therefore, the premise is that all staff members carry out their work in the Netherlands.

What do we offer?
Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment with attention to flexibility and room for (personal) development. We recognize and reward our employees and encourage the use of talents and strengths.

Tilburg University is committed to an open and inclusive culture, embracing diversity, and encouraging the mutual integration of groups of staff and students. We create equal opportunities for all our staff and students so that everyone feels at home in our university community.

We work in a vibrant and lively (work) environment on our beautiful campus, close to the forest and easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution to this.

For this position, we offer:

  • A position based on 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week);
  • It is a vacancy for 4 years. You will initially be appointed for a fixed period of 16 months with a statutory probationary period of two months. After 12 months, an evaluation will take place. If the performance evaluation is positive, your employment agreement will be extended for the remaining period of 32 months.
  • A start salary of € 2.770 gross per month for full time employment, based on UFO profile PhD Candidate and salary scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral remuneration system for salary scaling that is based on relevant education and work experience;
  • Vacation allowance (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%);
  • Vacation days (41 days for a 40-hour work week);
  • Full reimbursement of commuting expenses for sustainable travel: walking, biking and public transportation;
  • Moving allowance;
  • Options Model for benefits and reimbursement of expenses;
  • Employees from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable wages. We will apply for this reimbursement for you;
  • You will be enrolled in the General Pension Fund for Public Employers (ABP) through us;
  • Various training courses, for example in leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development;
  • A wide range of amenities and facilities and various arrangements to create an optimal work-life balance.

Visit working at Tilburg University for more information on our terms of employment. Information and application

We invite you to apply online for this position by 3 November 2023 (23:59 CET).
More information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dave De ruysscher, d.deruysscher@tilburguniversity.edu.

Please attach the following documents to the application:

  1. cover letter
  2. CV
  3. official copy of your master degree
  4. sample of writing
  5. contact information of at least two referees (including name, phone number, and e-mail address).

The first selection interviews will take place on 10 November 2023. The committee consists of the following members:

  1. Prof. D. De ruysscher, professor of legal history, PI of the CaPANES project
  2. Dr M. den Hollander, assistant-professor legal history
  3. Gaby Coenen, manager of the PLG Department

Ideally, you will start working for Tilburg University on 2 January 2024.

Apply now!

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