ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Padova
RESEARCH FIELDHistory › Contemporary history
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)Established Researcher (R3)
APPLICATION DEADLINE22/12/2016 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONItaly › Padova
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK34
OFFER STARTING DATE01/02/2017
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / ERC
REFERENCE NUMBERProt. 385514_2016
Research activity related to the project titled ERC-Starting Grant “The Dark Side of the Belle Époque. Armed Associations and Political Violence in Europe before the First World War. The Case of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
This postdoctoral research will be carried out within the framework of the project “The Dark Side of the Belle Époque. Political Violence and Armed Associations in pre-WWI Europe (PREWArAs)”, funded by the European Research Council. The project is a comparative study on armed associations operating in all major European countries in the 20 years before the I World War. The candidate will examine armed associations in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Examples of armed associations include militias, paramilitary movements, pre-military groups and rifle clubs. The project aims to compare the practices, social backgrounds and political cultures of members of armed associations, and their connections with broader contexts. It also aims to develop interpretative frameworks to deepen and innovate our comprehension of crucial subjects, such as the origin of mass politics, the nationalisation of the masses and even the causes and effects of the Great War.
The 24 month research grant is worth a gross amount of 25,177 Euros per annum.
A PhD and a specialisation degree are required; postgraduate certificates will be positively evaluated.
Candidates are selected by a comparative evaluation of their qualifications, academic and professional curriculum vitae, publications, interview and two reference letters. Candidate applications shall be evaluated by a Selection Committee appointed by the Head of the Department; the Selection Committee shall comprise three members who are experts in the field of research, one of which is the Research Project Supervisor.
The Selection Committee has 100 points to evaluate the candidates and they shall be awarded for:
- qualifications: PhD, specialisation degree, postgraduate certificates (awarded in Italy and abroad) – (max. 20 points).
- the curriculum vitae: performance of documented research activity at public and private organisations with contracts, grants or appointments (both in Italy and abroad) relevant to research stated in this selection announcement – (max. 20 points).
- publications: quantity and quality of publications, including PhD theses (the Selection Committee will evaluate only the first four publications uploaded in the online application (https://pica.cineca.it/unipd/), including the doctoral thesis) - (max. 20 points).
- the interview and the reference letters – (max. 40 points).
The date of the interview is set for 12 january 2017 at 10:00 in the office of prof. Matteo Millan, at the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World, Via del Vescovado 30, Padova, Italy.
Candidates may take the oral examination virtually, subject to the Commission’s prior agreement and by means of teleconferencing tools that include audio and video via Skype.
Candidates must explicitly state in their online application that they would like to avail themselves of the online option for the oral examination. They shall provide their Skype contact/name and guarantee that the computer desk from where they will be holding the interview is supplied with a working webcam – indispensable for ascertaining the candidate’s identity – and has microphone and headphones/speakers.
After the submission of the online application, candidates have to indicate the names and email addresses of two lecturers, researchers or professors, working at universities or research institutes in Italy or abroad . The referees will receive an email, inviting them to complete an online reference letter. Reference must be personally written and sent by the referees using the online procedure, before the deadline of 22 december 2016 at 13.00 (CET).
Candidates have to submit the application in time to acquire the reference letters and have to check that the referees complete the online procedure by the deadline of the notice (22 december 2016).
Reference letters submitted after this date or attached or sent in different ways will not be taken into consideration.
Reference letters are mandatory.
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Required Research Experiences
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE4 - 10
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELHistory: PhD or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: GoodGERMAN: ExcellentHUNGARIAN: Excellent
The candidate will study the armed associations operating in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In particular, he/she will define the case studies to be examined (at least 6 different armed associations) and collect and analyse the related primary sources in local and national archives and libraries. The collected sources have to be made available even to the other members of the project team. Therefore, the candidate is expected to spend his/her time working in multiple archives and libraries, and to have: good skills in the collection and analysis of primary sources; excellent language competencies in German and Hungarian; a good command of English which is the common language of the project team. The candidate has to be highly motivated and engaged in collaborating with other members of the project team.
By the end of the first year, the candidate will have defined the case studies (at least 6 different armed associations) and will have begun collecting primary sources in national and local archives and libraries. By the end of the fellowship, the candidate will have completed the collection of primary sources.
Good expertise in Austro-Hungarian history (in particular for the period 1880s-1914) and/or in historical methodologies related to the study of political violence.
EURAXESS offer ID: 159281