Student Assistant Early Modern History

For the editorial project The Correspondence of Cristofforo Suriano (1616-1623), the Humanities Cluster is currently recruiting a Student Assistant (0,4 fte for 3 or 6 months) in the field of early modern history.


About this vacancy

As student assistant you will contribute to the creation of a modern, annotated digital edition (with English-language abstracts) of the letters of Christofforo Suriano, the Venetian representative in The Hague.  You will assist the editor in various tasks, including general editorial work and historical research on persons, books, and events mentioned in the letters. You will also be an active participant in the research group.



Applicants must currently be doing an (R)Ma in history or a related field. The successful applicant will also have:

  • A BA degree in history, or a related field, with a specialisation in the early modern period
  • Demonstrably excellent research skills
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with archival research and historical databases
  • A background or demonstrable interest in digital techniques
  • Outstanding writing skills in English


Experience with seventeenth-century palaeography and/or a (passive) knowledge of Italian will serve as recommendation.


The Humanities Cluster is an equal opportunities employer, aiming for diversity in e.g. age, gender and cultural background. We especially welcome applications by candidates who can increase the Academy’s diversity.



We offer an appointment for 3 or 6 months (depending on the candidate’s availability) for 15,2 hours per week (0,4 fte). The gross monthly salary is € 2511 based on a fulltime appointment. The starting date is 1 september 2022.


Additional information

For more information please contact Dr Nina Lamal (


How to apply

Your application must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a CV
  • a copy of relevant diplomas
  • a sample of written work in English


Please submit your application no later than 1 June 2022 by sending your full dossier as one PDF attachment.

Interviews will take place in the final week of June 2022.


Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €2.310,- and the maximum salary is €2.511,- gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale SA cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP. The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment). For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.


Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.


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