The Institute of History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) invites applications for a 80% doctoral position (Assistenz I) in Extra-European History. The position is affiliated to the chair History of the Modern World (Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné). It can be extended up to three years and is tenable from September 1, 2012. The annual salary starts with CHF 69,000 in the first and reaches CHF 79,000 in the third year.
Applicants should hold an M.A. (or its equivalent) within an area relevant to the study of modern global history (18th to 20th century). Applications are welcome from applicants with a background in history and/or area studies with a focus on a non- western region (such as Africa, Middle East, Asia, Oceania or Latin America). Applicants of English mother tongue (or near-native speaker), with sound knowledge of at least one relevant non-European language, and with advanced experience in information technologies and web design are given preference.
Successful candidates are expected to write a PhD thesis in a field relating to the main research foci of the chair History of the Modern World (i.e. transnational history, the history of imperialism/colonialism and postcolonial studies) within the three years under contract. Furthermore, they are to take care of the team’s website and the chair’s IT facilities.
Applicants are supposed to submit their curriculum vitae with documentation of their qualifications, a short proposal of their PhD project (3-4 pages), at least one letter of reference by an academic teacher, and a letter of motivation to be sent to the address below by May 15th, 2012. For further information, please contact Beatrice Schatzmann-von Aesch (Assistant to Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné).