Vacante: Postdoctoral Researcher for Digital Humanities and Hispanic Studies – Radboud University

Apply until 1 September 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher for Digital Humanities and Hispanic Studies

Gross monthly salary: € 3,974 – € 5,439
Required background: PhD
Organizational unit: Faculty of Arts
Application deadline: 15 September 2022

Last May, Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme handed over his family archive to Radboud University. Would you like to conduct research on this extensive collection that can offer new perspectives on Spanish and European history? Then you have a part to play as a postdoc.

The Faculty of Arts of Radboud University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on the Bourbon de Parme family archive, which was recently donated to the university’s Catholic Documentation Centre (KDC). As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be a part of the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH) as well as the department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MTC).

As a post-doctoral researcher, you will conduct research on the Bourbon de Parme family archive. The archive consists of five cubic metres or 60 linear metres, with documents mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries and written mostly in Spanish, but also in French, Italian, German and Latin. The archive contains personal correspondence between the members of the Bourbon de Parme family, diaries and notes from its principal representatives, important documents from the Partido Carlista, and also about 20.000 photographs made by María de las Nieves de Braganza during her travels around the world at the beginning of the 20th century. You will (1) carry out your own research related to the materials included in the archive, making use of digital humanities and publish about it in relevant international journals; (2) promote the collection with lectures, the organisation of symposia, etc., and (3) guide the archivist (to be appointed) in the digitalisation and archiving of the material. Priority will be given to the exploration of the photographic collection and the diaries and notes linked to it.

Your research will be embedded in RICH. You will participate in one of its research groups and contribute to the institute in general. You will set up research collaborations on these topics with the present staff of the research institute. You publish about your research in highly qualified journals, conference proceedings, or edited volumes. You will be expected to teach a limited number of courses in our Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programmes (approx. 20% of your appointment).


  • You hold a PhD in a relevant field.
  • You have demonstrable expertise in digital humanities and/or visual culture. Additionally, expertise in Spanish political history, tourism studies or gender studies is recommended.
  • You have a track record of international high-profile scholarly publications.
  • You have the proven ability to attract external research funding.
  • You have administrative and organisational skills.
  • You hold a Cambridge Certificate (CPE2 level) in English or equivalent, or you are committed to obtaining this certificate within six months.
  • You speak and read Spanish fluently; knowledge of French, German, Italian and Latin is recommended.
  • You are willing to live in the Netherlands during the contract period.

We are

The Faculty of Arts is committed to knowledge production with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration between the disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximately 2,500 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills that will be assets to our study programs and research profiles.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University’s primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Brigitte Adriaensen, Professor in Hispanic Studies at or

Practical information and applying

You can apply until 15 September 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Brigitte Adriaensen. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A motivation letter including a description of your research agenda of approx. 500 words.
  • Your CV including a list of publications, a description of your teaching experience, and the names and contact details of two references.
  • A writing sample, relevant to this vacancy, preferably in English.

The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 28 September. If needed, a second round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 5 October. You would preferably begin employment on 1 November 2022 (1 January 2023 at the latest).

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