The University of Geneva (General History Department), the Graduate Institute Geneva (International History Department) and the University of Lausanne (Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies) are offering
3 PhD research assistant positions
- Start date: 1 September 2018
- Contract duration: four years
- Position percentage: full-time (100%)
- Gross annual salary: Sfr. 47,040 (first year), Sfr. 48,540 (second year), Sfr. 50,040 (third and fourth years)
- Host institution: each institution will host one of the three positions
- Work location: University of Geneva (the three PhD students will work together in a team that includes a postdoctoral researcher and an IT engineer)
The three PhD research assistants will be part of the project “Rockefeller Fellows as Heralds of Globalization: the Circulation of Elites, Knowledge and Practices of Modernization (1920s–1970s).” The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and co-led by Ludovic Tournès (University of Geneva), Thomas David (University of Lausanne), and Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute) in collaboration with the Rockefeller Archive Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY, USA).
- Masters degree in history or equivalent degree in another social science;
- Proficiency in either French or English with at least passive knowledge of the other; proficiency in a third language an asset, depending on the thesis topic chosen. Candidates without French language proficiency must commit to learning French during their first two years.
- Familiarity with the field of transnational history and with network and database analysis; interest in multidisciplinary studies; aptitude for collaborative work.
Candidates are free to choose their thesis topics. However, project coordinators will take the topic’s compatibility and/or the candidate’s personal interest in the research project into account when considering applications. Priority will be given to topics in the following areas:
- The development of social sciences programs within universities, research institutes, and international organizations;
- Humanities, culture, and global heritage;
- African elites and decolonization;
- The reconfiguration of the public health and economic fields in Central and Eastern Europe;
- The circulation of development practices, particularly in education, public health, hygiene in rural areas, social policies, or agriculture;
- The founding of public administrations in newly independent States during the 20th century, particularly in the Middle East;
- Fundamental research and applied research in biomedicine.
PhD students working on the project will be required to:
1. Prepare a doctoral thesis;
2. Publish papers related to their thesis topic;
3. Contribute to collaborative research on the project, including the creation of a database of Rockefeller Foundation fellows (approximately 11,000 individuals from 80 countries between 1917 and 1970);
4. Take part in organizing workshops and conferences related to the project.
The three project coordinators will provide appropriate supervision and an inspiring work atmosphere as part of a team of historians actively engaged in research.
Application Checklist :
- Statement of purpose letter
- Copies of all university diplomas
- Electronic copy of a research paper (Masters thesis, seminar or conference paper, or other academic publication)
- Thesis proposal (welcome but not required)
Interviews with selected candidates will be held during 10–15 February 2018.
Send all application materials to:
Université de Genève, Département d’histoire générale
5 Rue Saint-Ours, 1211 Genève 4
…or via email to Ludovic.Tournes@unige.ch.
Please contact Ludovic Tournès at either of the above addresses with any questions you may have.
Application deadline: 7 February 2018
Université de Genève, Département d’histoire générale,
5 Rue Saint-Ours,
1211 Genève 4