Four-year research fellowship in History (open rank: PhD / post-doc) – “Capuchin missionaries and papal nuncios in the Portuguese Atlantic”

The Historical Institute of the University of Bern invites applications for a four-year position in History. The  appointment  will  be  at  the  level  of  PhD  student  or  post-doc  research  fellow,  depending  on  the successful candidate’s qualifications. The position is scheduled to start on November 1, 2018.
The research fellow will be a member of the project Atlantic Italies: Economic and Cultural Entanglements (15 th -19 th  Centuries), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2018-2022) and directed by Dr. Roberto  Zaugg.  This  project  explores  economic  entanglements  and  related  cultural  phenomena (consumption,  material  culture,  knowledge  circulation)  that  developed  between  Italian-speaking
territories  and  the  Atlantic  world.  For  more  information,  please  refer  to

In this context, the research fellow is expected to develop an individual project on Capuchin missionaries and papal nuncios as actors of economic entanglements between Africa, Brazil, Portugal and Italy, from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century.
The prospective research fellow is expected to have good knowledge of Italian, Portuguese and English, as well as (at least basic) Latin reading comprehension and practical experience in working with early modern manuscript sources. Previous knowledge of German language is not a necessary requirement.
Graduate students applying for a PhD position have to hold a MA degree (or equivalent) in History or a related field by July 31, 2018. Doctoral students applying for a post-doc position have to earn their PhD by the same date.
In  addition  to  the  salary,  the  University  of  Bern/Swiss  National  Science  Foundation  will  sponsor  travel expenses  related  to  research  in  European,  Angolan  and  Brazilian  archives  as  well  as  to  international conferences. The research fellow will be expected to live in Switzerland during her/his contract.
Please, submit the following documents by e-mail as a single PDF-file to by June 15, 2018:

  • a letter of motivation: please explain what makes you a suitable candidate for this position and why you are interested in it;
  • a CV (with portrait picture);
  • a certificate of an MA (or equivalent) or PhD degree;
  • a transcript of records;
  • the names and e-mail addresses of two possible referees whom the University of Bern may contact;
  • your  MA  thesis  (or  a  significant  seminar  paper)  or  your  PhD  thesis  –  if  possible  with  examiners’ report;
  • if available: any scholarly publications.

The letter of motivation and the CV should be written in English.
The job interviews will take place in Bern on August 24, 2018. The selected candidates will be notified by July 15, 2018. Interviews with candidates from outside Europe will be conducted by skype.
For further information, please contact Dr. Roberto Zaugg:

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