PhD-position at senior FWO project on oldest medieval borough charters!

(20-06-2023) Vacancy for four-year (1+3) PhD-position in medieval studies (early urban history) at Ghent University's history department

Ghent University's Department of History is hiring 1 PhD researcher (m/f/x) for an FWO Senior Research project on the pragmatic, socio-economic and legal historical context in which the oldest borough charters in the Low Countries and northern France were negotiated and codified (late 11th-early 13th centuries).

The original full title of the project is "A Pragmatic Reality: The Performance and Codification of Collective Agency in the ‘Age of Freedom’ of Urban Communities in the Southern Low Countries and Northern France (late 11th - early 13th Centuries)".

The project is led from Ghent University (professors Els De Paermentier and Jan Dumolyn, Dept. of History and prof. Dirk Heirbaut, Dept. of Metajuridica, Private and Corporate Law) in collaboration with the Free University of Brussels (professors Georges Declercq and Bart Lambert, Dept. of History). The place of employment will be Ghent University (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35, Ghent, Belgium).

Please note that starting date of employment will be decided in consultation with the selected candidate but will be no later than 1 November 2023. Hard deadline for candidates to apply is 12 September 2023. You can find the full job text here in English or Dutch.

Master’s students who will obtain their Master’s degree in September 2023 are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be informed about the results of the first selection shortly after the date of submission. The interviews with the selected candidates will take place in the week of 18-22 September 2023.
For more information and/or application, please contact Prof. Els De Paermentier (