Tailored opportunities: Two PhD position in History (A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century) at the Maastricht University (UM), Netherlands


Applicants are invited for a PhD position in the project “Moving Animals: A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century”. The project is funded by a NWO Vici grant awarded to the principal investigator, Raf De Bont.

‘Moving Animals’ will combine perspectives from the history of science, cultural history and environmental history, in order to analyze (1) the ways in which humans have gained (both scientific and ‘vernacular’) knowledge about animal movement, (2) how this movement has been represented in the media, (3) how animal mobilities have been actively managed and have become the object of governance.

Research project
The project ‘Moving Animals’ will study how the long-distance movement of wild animals has been understood, represented and managed in the course of the twentieth century. While historians of globalization have extensively studied the movement of humans, commodities and ideas, they overall had little attention for animal movement and the ways in which it has been perceived and managed by humans.

The project will consist of four interlinked subprojects – focusing respectively on invasive species, animal reintroductions, zoo trade and seasonal migrations. Apart from a PI and a Post-Doc, two PhDs will work on the project. The PhD researchers will analyze the historically changing human interaction with respectively invasions of ‘alien species’ (PhD1) and reintroductions of locally extinct species (PhD2). The PhD researchers are expected to collaborate closely with the other participants in the project.


You hold a MA/MSc degree in history, Science and Technology Studies or a related discipline (or are expected to obtain such a degree by 1 January 2020). Particularly experience with research in the history of science, cultural history, animal history or environmental history is seen as an advantage.

You have received excellent grades and you have an obvious interest in academic research, particularly qualitative research methods. You have good organizational skills. You are capable of autonomously conducting original research as well as working in a team. You write and communicate fluently in English; knowledge of other languages is considered an asset.


Deadline for application is 01/10/2019 23:59 – Europe/Brussels Deadline for application is


Send your motivational letter and CV to secr.hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Don’t forget to mention AcademicTransfer and the job number: AT2019.289 in your letter.

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

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