Applications are welcomed for the PhD position ‘Mobility and Geography in the Byzantine World’ that will start in the Spring of 2018 at the Faculty of Arts of the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Vacancy number: 23.44.17

Deadline application: December 17, 2017.


You will work on the project ‘Mobility and Geography in the Byzantine World’. This project investigates the role of social and human geography and/or mobility in the Late Antique/early Byzantine world (ca. AD 500-1000) with a particular focus on the East and Constantinople.

We welcome research plans analysing the dissemination of geographical knowledge, or the imagination of that knowledge, within a broad scope of primary sources (both written and non-written). As mobility is closely connected to geography, part of the project may include the examination of various modes of mobility, travel, travel destinations and expectations, interaction of travellers and local populations. We particularly welcome the application of modern theories and methodologies in this project.

In addition to writing your own thesis, you will collaborate with other researchers to organise workshops and participate in the HLCS research group on ‘Tourism, Travel and Text’.

Work environment

The Faculty of Arts has over 600 academic and support staff dedicated to education and research in the areas of history and art, languages and cultures, linguistics, and communication and information studies. Research at the Faculty of Arts is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS). The faculty has ten departments and is home to 2,400 students.

What we expect from you

-a Research Master’s degree or equivalent in a field relevant to the project;

-a demonstrable experience in research on the Byzantine period/Late Antiquity; knowledge of the ancient languages;

-a good command of spoken and written English;

-good writing skills;

-the ability to work independently as well as in a team.

What we have to offer

-employment: 0.8 – 1.0 FTE;

-in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;

-the gross starting salary amounts to €2,222 per month, and will increase to €2,840 in the fourth year;

-you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;

-you will be classified as a PhD candidate in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);

-ou will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help the partner of the candidate prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.

Other Information

Starting date: 1 March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Would you like to know more?

Further information on: The Faculty of Arts

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Dr Daniëlle Slootjes
Telephone: + 31 24 361 60 27
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr Lien Foubert
Telephone: + 31 24 361 28 26
E-mail: [email protected]

You should upload your application (attn. of drs. L.J.P.M. van Mosseveld) exclusively using the button ‘Apply’ below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

-Motivation letter

-CV (including a list of grades)

-a research proposal of approx. 1 page

-a writing example in English (20 pages max.)

Interviews will take place on 29 January 2018. In preparation for the interview, you will be requested to submit a reasoned doctoral thesis design before 15 January 2018.