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NISIS 4 PhD positions in the profile area Islam and Muslim societies

Deadline: 14 March 2011

NISIS (Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies)

4 Ph.D POSITIONS in the profile area Islam and Muslim societies
vacancy number: 11-034

Institution

NISIS ( Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies) is a national research institute for the study of Islam and Muslim societies, in which eight Dutch universities participate. Leiden University is currently administratively responsible for NISIS. For more information see our website: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/isis

Job description

4 PhD positions in the profile area Islam and Muslim societies

In the coming six years (2010-2015)  NISIS has made available special funds to build an integrated interdisciplinary thematic profile area which focuses on lslam and Muslim societies. One of the main aims is to integrate and mobilize the knowledge and expertise in the field. Within this profile area nine Ph.D. positions are available. In 2010 five of these positions have been fulfilled. Application is now open for the last four positions. The PhD. candidates will be appointed at the participating university with which the supervisor is affiliated.

Requirements

  • Candidates should hold a MA degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates with a MA in the Humanities, Social sciences or Religious Studies with a specialisation in the field of Islam and Muslim societies.
  • Outstanding research qualities manifest in a high-quality MA thesis or equivalent.
  • Excellent command of English

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment may differ according to local circumstances at the appointing university.

The positions are for 1,0/0,8 fte for 4/5 years. The Ph.D. candidates will be appointed initially for eighteen months at the in NISIS participating university with which the supervisor is affiliated. At satisfactory performance during that period, the appointment will be renewed for another two and a half years. Remuneration will be € 2,042 gross per calendar month in the first year, increasing to a maximum of   € 2,612 gross per calendar month in the fourth year is in accordance with current pay scales as indicated in the ‘CAO voor Nederlandse Universiteiten’. You will also receive a end-of-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Procedure

Applicants, with an MA degree in a relevant field and proficiency in English, are asked to submit a concrete interdisciplinary research plan.
The applications procedure will consist of two rounds.

First round
In the first round a selection will be made based on a short research proposal of  maximum 1000 words, exclusive bibliography. You are kindly requested to indicate the intended supervisor in your proposal.

Second round
Those who are selected will be asked to write a full research proposal of maximum 5000 words, exclusive bibliography. The full proposal has be accompanied by two reference letters and a letter of the intended supervisor in which he/she expresses his/her willingness to supervise the candidate. An interview may be part of the selection procedure.

Application

First round
You are requested to send in your first round application before 14 March 2011, 9 a.m. local Dutch time ( Greenwich meantime + 1) containing:

  • Letter of motivation, in which you introduce yourself, explain your suitability for the position and your motivation for the project.
  • Fact sheet (maximum 1000 words, exclusive bibliography)
  • Format Short Research Proposal (maximum 1000 words, exclusive bibliography)

Second round
Reactions before 23 May 2011 (only for those invited):

  • CV
  • Two reference letters
  • A letter of the intended supervisor in which he/she expresses his/her willingness to supervise the candidate
  • Full research proposal (maximum 5000 words, exclusive bibliography)

You are kindly requested to send your applications by post or email (preference) only to vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Applications send to another mail address will not be taken into consideration. Applications should reach our office no later than 14 March 2011, 9 a.m. local Dutch time (Greenwich meantime + 1). Please quote the vacancy number in your application.

Address:
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Afdeling Personeel en Organisatie
Postbus 9515
2300 RA Leiden

For further information on the procedure please contact Dr. P. de Bruijn, executive secretary of NISIS
nisis@hum.leidenuniv.nl , or 0031 071 5272592.

Source: http://www.vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/11-034-4x-ph-d-positions.html

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