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Τwo-year postdoctoral position in Εconomic history, Laboratory for the Economics of Africa's Past (LEAP), Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

02-11-2023 11:54

The Laboratory for the Economics of Africa's Past (LEAP) and the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University in South Africa invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in economic history.

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, possess a robust research trajectory, and have the aptitude to publish in top-tier economic history journals. The primary role of the postdoc will be to undertake research in the realm of economic history, with a preference for research centred on African economic history, though this is not a strict requirement.

The successful candidate will join LEAP and contribute to the newly established Chair in Economics, History and Policy, including organising a seminar series and workshops. We strongly encourage candidates with an interest in research communication to apply. The candidate is not expected to teach undergraduate or graduate courses.

• Applicants must hold a PhD degree in economics or economic history. Applicants must have graduated within the last five years.
• Applicants must have a strong interest in (African) economic history. An interest in research dissemination and communication would be an added advantage.
• Skills such as data management, historical GIS, R visualisation or OCR transcription would be an added advantage.

• Two-year fixed term, subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory academic progress.
• Starting from March 2024 (the starting date is flexible).
• Fellowship value: R400 000.
• Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees, and their fellowships are awarded tax-free. Although they are therefore not eligible for employee benefits. The University reserves the right NOT to make an appointment if suitable candidates do not apply.

Application process:
Interested candidates are invited to apply online (via including CV, proof of qualification, cover letter, a job market paper, and three letters of reference (including your supervisor's). For more information on the position, please contact Prof Johan Fourie (johanf[at]

The closing date is Jan 15, 2024, but will be accepted until the position is filled.


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