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                                                                                                  'Cooperation is not a
                                                                                                  sentiment – it is an economic
                                                                                                  Charles Steinmetz

     Job Vacancy
     The Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC) of Utrecht University currently
     offers 1 PhD-position social and economic history (about the dynamics of institutions
     for collective action in pre-industrial Europe (1,0fte, starting October 2011).

     Faculty of Humanities

     Utrecht University is one of the largest and most prominent centers for research and
     education. With almost 7,000 students and close to 900 staff, the Faculty of
     Humanities offers a stimulating, dynamic working environment. Our educational and
     research programs focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media,
     philosophy and theology, from the Ancient World to the present. Key areas are
     interdisciplinary work and international cooperation, excellent quality of research and
     education, and the use of new media. Research takes place in four institutes:
          Research institute for History and Culture (OGC);
          Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS);
          ZENO (Leiden-Utrecht research institute for philosophy);
          Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies (INTEGON).

     The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities guarantees the high quality of
     education for research masters and PhD students.

     Research Institute for History and Culture

     Over 300 researchers are employed by the Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en
     Cultuur (Research Institute for History and Culture; OGC). The research of OGC is
     divided into eleven groups: classical antiquity, medieval culture, cultural history, media
     studies, music history, art history, (early) modern literature, Oriental studies,
     international political history, socio-economic history and women's studies. Some of
     this research, namely the contract research, is done on behalf of third parties.
     Internationalization has a high priority within the OGC. It has exchange contracts with
     a number of foreign universities including UCLA in the United States.

     The PhD-position social and economic history

     The PhD-student will work within the ERC-funded project '“United We Stand”. The
     Dynamics and Consequences of Institutions for Collective Action in Pre-Industrial
     Europe' which examines the connection between institutions for collective action,
     marriage patterns and economic development in detail. The project is funded by the
     European Research Council, as part of a Starting Grant awarded to project-co-
     ordinator Dr. Tine De Moor.

     The PhD-student involved in this subproject will be concentrating on the functioning of
     institutions for collective action and their interaction with exogenous change such as
     population growth, agricultural change, market integration, political pressure etc. The
     PhD-student will study a number of case-studies of rural institutions for collective
     action, such as commons, irrigation communities and rural guilds in order to compare
     systematically how these institutions dealt with exogenous shocks and continuous
     change in the above mentioned fields. Moreover, the research will focus on how these
     institutions for collective action managed to deal with internal changes such as changes
     in the group size, in the social-economic background of their members, in the
     participation level of their members etc. The selection of cases and their geographical
     location will also depend on the background of the selected candidate. This study will
     be conducted in close cooperation with other members of the team, both in Utrecht
     and elsewhere in Europe.

     The PhD will be based at Utrecht University, and will be part of the research team led
     by Dr. Tine De Moor, and will as such also be part of the Department of social and
     economic history led by prof. Bas van Bavel and prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden.

     Qualifications                                                                  25-7-2011
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          A (research) master degree in history, or in economics or another social science
           with clear interest in the economic and social history of early-modern Europe.
          experience in archival research;
          a strong interest for relevant theory;
          an outstanding record of undergraduate and Master's degree work.

     Terms of employment

     We offer a PhD position (1.0fte) with a one year contract beginning October 2011. After
     a positive evaluation this contract can be extended to a maximum of two more years (a
     total of three years maximum). PhD-students, also referred to as doctoral candidates,
     are expected to take courses at the N.W. Posthumus Institute, the research school for
     social and economic history. Salary will be rising from € 2,042/month (before taxes)
     during the first year to € 2,492/month during the third year on a fulltime basis. We
     also offer solid benefits.

     Further details

     Please contact the project leader dr. Tine De Moor (email: for further
     details. Applicants can also consult the OGC-website and the website of the project:

     How to apply

     Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, information about their
     undergraduate training, a transcript of academic results, an MA thesis (or written
     coursework if the MA thesis is not yet available), certified copies of relevant diplomas
     and the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or email
     addresses). Preferably, reference letters are included.

     Applicants are required to submit a 600-word research design, in which they present
     their ideas about the relevant project. Please note that applications without this 600-
     word design proposal will not be included in the selection procedure! Further details
     about the project can be found on the above mentioned website. Applications can be
     sent to the HR department, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, the
     Netherlands, or by email to, indicating the reference
     number of the vacancy (163069), on the envelope and the cover letter, or in the
     message and the attachments. All applications should be sent to this mail address.
     Please use either pdf.-files or doc.-formats if you apply through email. The deadline for
     apllications is August 22nd, 2011. We will be selecting candidates for interviews after
     September 1st. Those who have not been selected will be informed after September

     > To information on ERC-project                                 25-7-2011

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