Vacant Position: Three Senior Researchers (m/f) at The International Institute of Social History (IISH)

Deadline: 8th Feb 2015
Amsterdam, NL

The International Institute of Social History (IISH) conducts advanced research on the global history of work, workers, and labour relations and to this end gathers data, which are made available to other researchers as well.

Our research program Global Labour History, as we define it, is not a theory but a field of scholarly interest. It concerns the history of all those people who through their work have built our modern world – not only wage labourers, but also chattel slaves, sharecroppers, housewives, the self-employed, and many other groups. The program focuses on the labour relations of these people, as individuals but also as members of households, families, clans and other networks and contexts. Global Labour History covers at least the last five centuries and, in principle, all continents. It compares developments in several parts of the world and attempts to reveal intercontinental connections and interactions

As of March 1st, 2015, there will be an opening in the research department of the IISH for  

Three Senior Researchers (m/f)
(4-5 days a week)
(4 years, with possibility of tenure)

Job description:
Developing, carrying out, publishing and supervising global labour history research at a high academic level, contributing to the development of the institute’s research program and it’s leadership in the field
Acquiring external funding for research
Contributing to the institute’s value to society by taking part in public discussions, writing for a non-academic audience, etc.


Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

PHD in History or Social Sciences
Significant research experience in an area relevant to our research program
Demonstrable success in producing research of the highest standards as evidenced in publications in high ranking journals in the relevant fields
Demonstrable knowledge of scholarly literature and theoretical approaches to global labour history, including regional, transregional  and transcontinental comparisons and connections, and application of this knowledge to personal academic research
Experience with data-based methods and computer analysis, and application of this knowledge to personal academic research
Experience in research on non-European regions
Demonstrated ability to write successful research grant applications

Knowledge of advanced digital humanities methodologies
Networks in one or more non-western regions
For one of the three positions: expertise on labour and labour relations in the Netherlands after 1945 in a comparative perspective

Skills and abilities

High level of proficiency in English, sufficient to undertake research, to present results and to communicate effectively with colleagues
Demonstrated ability to write for and talk to a non-academic audience
Good oral and written communication skills
Ability to work well within international teams and networks
Ability to work well with co-workers like software developers, administrators etc.
Ability to supervise other researchers

Proficiency in one or more non-European languages
Good project-management skills
Ability to communicate to a non-academic audience

Appointment and salary:
The gross salary ranges from € 3.950,- to € 5.070,- (scale 12 CAO-Dutch Universities) based on a full working week (38 hours) and depending on relevant work experience.
The IISH offers an extensive package of fringe benefits, such as 8,3% year-end bonus, 8% holiday pay, a good pension scheme, 6 weeks holiday on an annual basis and the possibility to buy or sell vacation hours.

To apply:
Please submit applications (letter and CV) before  February 8.2015 to, attention Marjoleine Cornelissen Cornelissen  (head Human Resources & Facilities) with the subject line 3 Senior Researchers. Further information can be obtained from the Director of Research, Leo Lucassen ( or via tel. (0031)-(0)20-6685866.
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