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The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), Université du Luxembourg, offers a Doctoral Position in the field of Contemporary European History; deadline 1 September 2021

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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. The University`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.

Your Role...

  • The PhD student will be a member of the C²DH, the world’s largest research centre for digital history. The student will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr Machteld Venken as part of the research project “Transnational popular culture – Europe in the long 1960s” supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany and the National Research Fund (FNR) in Luxembourg. The aim of the project is to analyse European cultural transfers from a transnational and transregional perspective in the “long” 1960s. The PhD candidate will develop a case study on the national, transregional and transnational history of the Luxembourg City Fun Fair (Schueberfouer or Schobermesse).
  • Research and write a thesis on the history of the Luxembourg City Fun Fair / Schueberfouer
  • Conduct thesis research using digital sources, tools and/or methods, oral history and participant observation
  • Conduct a research visit to Chicago (USA)

What we expect from you…

  • Master’s degree or diploma (Master equivalent) in history, anthropology, cultural studies or sociology
  • Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • Excellent command of the following languages: German, French, English
  • Knowledge of Luxembourgish is considered an advantage

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: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month - (renewable for up to 48 months, depending on thesis progress evaluation. Project funding is available for 48 months)
Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
Employee and student status
Location: Belval
Job Reference: UOL04273

How to apply...
Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Covering letter
  • Brief writing sample (maximum 25 pages) demonstrating ability to marshal evidence, apply appropriate analytical methods and present results
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if available)
  • Copies of diplomas
  • Two employment references (no recommendation letters are needed)

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 1st of September 2021. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

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 …

Further information...
For further information, please contact: machteld.venken(at)uni.lu


Nähere Informationen

Machteld Venken

machteld.venken[ at ]uni.lu