Post-doc opportunity: AnthropoSouth”: Latin American Oil Revolutions in the Development Century

Postdoctoral researcher

In the AnthropoSouth”: Latin American Oil Revolutions in the Development Century project
Activity Rate: 75%
Maximum period of contract: 3 years
Expected start date: to be agreed
General Description of the Position
Postdoctoral position as part of the SNSF-funded “AnthropoSouth”: Latin American Oil Revolutions in the Development Century Eccellenza Project, under the leadership of Prof. Antoine Acker (Department of International History and Politics). The researcher will be affiliated to the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) at IHEID.
A description of the project is available on CIES’s website:
The Role of the Postdoctoral Researcher:
  • Developing and implementing an individual project under the guidance of the project leader and in partnership with the other team members. The project will be integrated into, or dialogue with, AntropoSouth’s interest topics. If they wish, the recruited person will be encouraged to develop this work into a monograph project.
  • Scientific publications.
  • Presenting the research findings at conferences in Switzerland and abroad.
  • Regularly participating in the collective activities of the project.
  • Developing partnerships internationally as well as with NGOs and other non-academic networks.
  • Participating in the conception of databases and - optional - visualization tools.
  • This vacancy does not involve any teaching position; however, the recruited person will have the possibility to occasionally participate in class sessions.
Profile sought
  • A PhD degree completed or near completion (or equivalent degree).
  • You have, or are willing to develop, a research project on the history of petroleum or a very close topic, that will address or include a region in the Latin American continent, and/or the interaction between Latin America and other world regions.
  • Strong interest in transnational connections in energy history. Project ideas approaching oil history from an environmental perspective and/or race and gender issues, the history of science and technology, or the history of social movements will be particularly welcome.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Experience in Latin American archives.
  • Additional language skills.
  • Experience in computer programming and in processing statistical data.
  • Research budget allowing short or extended research trips, translations, editing and academic training programs.
  • Possibility of applying for FNS’s complementary measures under certain eligibility conditions (Flexibility Grant, mobility, “subside égalité”).
  • An exciting and multicultural work environment at IHEID, with a dynamic team and a project embedded in a wide array of international collaborations.
Please send an application file containing:
  • A motivation letter – if the applicant does not attach a project proposal to their file, the letter should include one paragraph developing an idea for a post-doctoral project.
  • A detailed CV with a list of publications, if applicable.
  • A copy of a published article/chapter or thesis chapter.
  • A copy of your university degree certificates, alongside a copy of the official transcripts.
  • The name and contact details of 2 references.
  • Optional: a post-doctoral project proposal on a topic related to the history of petroleum in Latin America (2 to 5 pages).
We kindly ask you to submit your application file either in Word or in PDF format, in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Experiences outside of the academic world will also be valued in the assessment of applications, and gaps in the CV due to family or health conditions will be taken into account. Members of groups underrepresented in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.
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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability status, race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
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