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Doctoral Position in Global or Extra-European History

The Chair History of the Modern World in the Department of Human, Social and Political Sciences offers a

PhD position in Global or Extra-European History.

he position is for four years and the thesis will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné. The beginning is March 1st, 2021 (or at the candidate’s earliest convenience).

Job description
The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné and the doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in his team. He or she is expected to present interim results at national and international conferences, write his/her PhD thesis and publish two scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals during the four years of the contract.

The chair will contribute to the costs of the successful applicant’s research stays in Swiss and international archives, as well as travel expenses for conferences with an annual lump sum of CHF 3’500. The chair ‘History of the Modern World’ offers an inspiring research environment in an international team of doctoral and postdoctoral students, and regular exchanges with Global Historians from around the world. Successful applicants will have full access to modern infrastructure in one of the world’s leading research universities located in the heart of Europe. The salary is according to ETH regulations.

Your profile
Applicants should hold an M.A. (or an M.Phil.). Applications are welcome from candidates with a background in 18th to 20th century Global History; Imperial/Colonial History, African History, Middle Eastern History, South East Asian History, East Asian History and related fields. Applicants should be proficient in English (ideally native or near-native speakers). Preference will be given to candidates who additionally master at least one non-European Language (such as Arabic, Swahili, Burmese or Chinese etc.). Knowledge of German and/or French is a welcome asset, but not mandatory. Scholars with a project pertaining the history of Switzerland in its global or colonial contexts are also encouraged to apply.

Applications (in English) with curriculum vitae, documentation of qualifications, a sample, a 2-3 pp. summary of the proposed PhD project, a chapter from the M.A./ M.Phil thesis or an article, a letter of reference by at least one academic teacher, and a letter of motivation addressed to Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné, must be submitted through our online portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is November 25th, 2020.


ETH Zurich
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Délai de candidature: 
25. Novembre 2020
For further information please visit our website www.gmw.ethz.ch and/or contact Mrs. Béatrice Schatzmann-von Aesch: beatrice.schatzmann@gmw.gess.ethz.ch