Post-Doc for Research program Four Centuries of Labor Camps: War, Rehabilitation, Ethnicity

Job opportunity, IISH, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The IISH conducts advanced research on the global history of work, workers, and labour relations and to this end gathers data, which are made available to other researchers as well.

As of December 1st, 2015, there will be an opening in the research department of the IISH for a


Post-doc (m/f)
(28,5 hours a week (0,75 fte), location: IISH)
For a period of 29 months

To work on the:
Research program Four Centuries of Labor Camps: War, Rehabilitation, Ethnicity
Project: “Colonial Enlightenment and Punishment in the Netherlands Indies: From chain gang to Upper Digul 1750-1942”

The research program Four Centuries of Labor Camps: War, Rehabilitation, Ethnicity is a joint enterprise of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) and the International Institute of Social History (IISH), both located in Amsterdam. The aim of the program is to produce an integrated, worldwide history of labor camps which will overcome chronological boundaries. Program leader is professor Pieter Spierenburg who will closely collaborate with professors Marcel van der Linden (IISH) and Peter Romijn (NIOD) as members of the program’s steering committee.

Job requirements
• PhD in history or another discipline with a historical component
• At least three years of professional experience on topics related to the program
• Fluent in Dutch and English, Indonesian serves as a recommendation

This is a part-time position of 28,5 hours per week for a period of two years and 5 months at the IISH.

We offer:
The position involves a temporary appointment with the Stichting IISG for 2 years and 5 months with a 2-month period of probation. The gross salary ranges from € 3.324,- to € 4.551,- (scale 11 CAO-Dutch Universities) based on a full working week (38 hours) and depending on relevant work experience.
The Stichting IISH offer an extensive package of fringe benefits, such as 8,3% year-end bonus, 8% holiday pay, a good pension scheme, 6 weeks holiday on an annual basis.

More information
The project description can be viewed at the website The vacancy concerns part of the project, which will be confined to the 19th and 20th centuries. Inquiries may be directed to the Program Leader at NIOD, professor Pieter Spierenburg, e-mail address For more information about the appointment, please contact Marjoleine Cornelissen (Head Human Resources & Facilities) or Ben Stroomberg (Human Resources Advisor), e-mail address The IISH can be contacted at +31 (0)20-6685866.