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Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in the field of Early Modern, Modern, or Contemporary European History

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The University | About us…

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. It`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) is a research centre for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary history of Luxembourg and Europe with a particular focus on digital methods and tools for doing innovative historical research. It serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history.

The PhD student will be a member of C²DH, the world’s largest research centre for digital history. The student will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr Sean Takats as part of his Digital History Advanced Research Projects Accelerator (DHARPA) team of technicians and researchers in the humanities and social sciences. DHARPA experiments with how technology can reshape the methodological underpinnings of history as a scientific discipline, and the team is currently developing a new digital platform for historical research along the lines of Prof. Takats’s other projects, including Tropy and Zotero.

Your Role…

  • Research and write a history thesis in the domain of early modern, modern, or contemporary European history. Conduct thesis research using digital sources, tools, and/or methods
  • Draft and submit one new or entirely revised chapter to the Programming Historian based on their own research and technical interests
  • Share sample workflows of their historical data processing via informal channels (e.g. workshop, conference paper, blog post)
  • Participate in the development of the digital platform described above

For further information, please contact: [email protected]

What we expect from you…

  • Master’s degree or diploma (Master equivalent) in history
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and/or programming
  • Familiarity with research software (e.g. Zotero, Tropy)
  • Excellent command of the following languages: English or French

We Offer…

  • A creative and innovative working environment within the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) with great opportunities for training in new digital research tools and methodologies
  • An attractive salary
  • A multilingual, international, and interdisciplinary working environment

In Short…

  • Contract Type: 36 months fixed-term contract (up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week 
  • Employee and student status
  • Location: Belval 
  • Job Reference: UOL03180 

How to apply…

Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • Brief writing sample (maximum 25 pages) demonstrating ability to marshal evidence, apply appropriate analytical methods, and present results
  • A prospectus (maximum 6 pages) of the planned focus area of the doctoral thesis project demonstrating familiarity with current research as well as an ability to formulate research questions
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if available)
  • Copies of diplomas

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. 

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…

  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

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