Research Associate for Asian-Pacific and Transpacific History

The position is part of the ERC AdG TRANSPACIFIC (The Structure and Impact of Trans-Pacific Trade, 16th to 18th Centuries: The Manila Galleon Trade Beyond Silver and Silks), supervised by Angela Schottenhammer. We offer an excellent opportunity to work in international inter- and transdisciplinary research project, with a global network of scholars working on various aspects of transpacific connections and interaction.

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  • Data collection, extraction of data from historical manuscripts, inputting of data into our TRANSPACIFIC FileMaker database, including cleaning and verification of data. The work provides an ideal opportunity to get acquainted with early modern TRANSPACIFIC sources and to develop an article or a PhD thesis on a related topic, with support of the project supervisor.
  • The position is ideal for a PhD student, somebody who is preparing his/her thesis and is not or only partly funded otherwise, or somebody who wants to do an internship (see also before starting a PhD on a related topic or taking over another employment. 
  • Sources to be analysed are primarily in Spanish but some are also in Portuguese or possibly other European languages, such as Dutch, English or French and stem from various archives, especially in Europe and Latin America. 
  • The successful candidate will be employed at KU Leuven, as part of the TRANSPACIFIC project. Physical presence at the Faculty of Arts, History Department, KU Leuven, is thus obligatory.
  • Master or at least BA degree in History (or a comparable master’s degree in another discipline but with a focus on history), preferably early modern history, with a focus on Spanish American and world history. Fundamental general knowledge of the Spanish Manila galleon trade is highly recommended.
  • The candidate possesses high competence in early modern European (16th to early 19th centuries), especially Spanish, paleography, and is familiar with archival research. Good paleological skills are a requirement. 
  • In addition, an excellent command of Spanish and English, at least reading skills in Portuguese, as well as basic skills in IT and GIS technology are required. 
  • Good or at least basic knowledge in Dutch and French would be desirable.
  • The successful candidate is closely cooperating with other team members of the TRANSPACIFIC project. Working language will be English. Further information on our research, activities, and publications is available under 

We offer a 1-year 100%, 1.5-year 75%, or 2-year 50% (or longer with a somewhat smaller percentage, according to mutual arrangement) research position, starting on 1 April, or 1 May

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Applications should include cv, diplomas, one reference letter, and a motivation letter.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Angela Schottenhammer, tel.: +32 16 33 06 33, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than February 23, 2023 via the online application tool

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