PhD Candidate: Women Writers in History Database Project

Job description

You will work as part of the international Women Writers in History (WWIH) network, founded in the 1990s and currently active as DARIAH Working Group. This research network studies the reception of works by women authors from the Middle Ages to c. 1930 from a transnational perspective. As part of this network, you will be responsible for coordinating the re-development of the NEWW Virtual Research Environment/database, including data sourcing and curation workflows. Depending on the topic of your PhD research, the development work will focus on implementing state-of-the-art analytic tools to carry out network analysis, data linking and/or text mining (e.g. linked to recently digitised women’s correspondences or other relevant databases).
As a PhD candidate you will write a PhD thesis on a topic of your choosing related to the database content and/or database development. You will participate in the Graduate School for the Humanities, which includes taking courses for approximately six months (30 EC), and you will provide half a year of academic service to the Faculty of Arts of Radboud University. You will participate in the WWIH network’s programme of workshops, symposia and international conferences, both in speaking and organisational roles. You will also contribute to the publication of the network’s digital and print research outputs, both individually and collaboratively.


  • A Master’s degree (preferably a Research Master’s) in Digital Humanities, Modern Literatures, History, Women’s Studies or a related discipline.
  • You are result-oriented, fluent in English, and have excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrable research experience and affinity with the history of women’s authorship.
  • Good reading knowledge of three or more modern European languages.
  • Experience working in a Digital Humanities environment and willingness to further develop DH skills.
  • Team spirit and ability to work collaboratively in an international research team.
  • A proactive, can-do outlook.

We especially welcome applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organisation and education and research programmes.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).

  • Employment: 0.8 (5 year contract) – 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • The intended start date is 1 January 2022.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.

Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University’s primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


Radboud UniversityWe want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts employs over 500 academic and support staff in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, linguistics and communication. Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) or the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH). The faculty currently enrols some 2,400 students in three departments: the department of History, Art History and Classics, the department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the department of Language and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we aim to create a culturally diverse staff.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. A. Montoya, professor

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