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PhD Position "African History (Late 15th - Early 19th Century)"

The Department of History of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, is one of the biggest historical institutes in continental Europe. It is home to about 150 scholars who teach and do research as well as to almost 2000 students (BA, MA, PhD).

The Department of History invites applications for a PhD position in « African History (Late 15th – Early 19th Century) ». The successful candidate will be a member of the research group lead by Prof Roberto Zaugg, which includes scholars working on different topics and geographical areas.

Further information on Prof Roberto Zaugg and his research activities : HERE and HERE.

Your responsibilities :

 The successful candidate will develop a PhD project and write a doctoral thesis on a topicrelated to the history of sub-Saharan Africa between the late 15th and the early 19thcenturies. Projects focussing on entanglements between African regions and the widerworld are particularly welcome. The main focus of the research group lead by ProfRoberto Zaugg is West and West-Central Africa ; however, also proposals related to otherAfrican regions will be considered.
 The successful candidate will be required to teach courses for undergraduate students (inEnglish or German) and to take part in the academic activities of the Department ofHistory.
 She/he will be expected to present the results of her/his research at conferences and towrite articles for scholarly journals.
 She/he will be required to take up residence in Switzerland.

Your profile :

The candidates are expected to have very good knowledge of English. Previous knowledge of German is not a necessary requirement. However, the successful candidate will be expected to take German courses during her/his contract.
 Additional language skills in both European and African languages are clearly a plus.
 The candidates are expected to have previous experience in working with manuscriptsources.
 The candidates are expected to hold an outstanding MA degree (or equivalent) in History.

Deadline : by 15 September 2019