The position is funded by the French Research Foundation (ANR), for 3 years, to start as soon as possible. Residence in France is expected. The thesis can be written in French, English or German.

The Université Paris-Saclay was created by the combined efforts of French universities, Grandes Écoles and research bodies such as the CNRS. It is one of the leading universities in Europe and the rest of the world, covering the Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences and Health, Humanities and Social Sciences. It represents 13% of French research potential and reached top 15 position in the 2023 Shanghai ARWU ranking. At the University of Paris-Saclay, more than 150 researchers are working on Arctic and Antarctic research.

The University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) is a founding and associate member of the Université Paris-Saclay. The Malaurie Institute of Arctic Research Monaco-UVSQ (MIARC) located at the University of Paris Saclay / UVSQ conducts research in the Arctic Humanities.

Qualification requirements:

  • Master degree in German Studies, History or related fields (equivalent of “mention très bien”, “A”, “First Class Honours” or “summa cum laude”)
  • The applicant is expected to design and write a doctoral thesis on the history of the Arctic, e.g. in the field of the history of reception, history of the press, travel or missionary writing, history of knowledge, history of travels and tourism
  • The applicant should be able to work on German sources or on the reception of German-language texts about the Arctic in English. The ability to express oneself verbally and in writing in German at a level necessary to read German sources and literature of the subject is of a great advantage.
  • The applicant must have a solid command of English. Language proficiency must include the ability to read, speak, and write in this language. Language skills in other languages spoken in the Arctic are an advantage.
  • The applicant should document subject knowledge to the research area on the History of the Arctic.
  • The applicant should be able to use analytical thinking, creativity, personal initiative and work independently.
  • The applicant is expected to cooperate with colleagues at the Malaurie Institute of Arctic Research Monaco-UVSQ.

We offer:

  • PhD Diploma of the University of Paris-Saclay / UVSQ, the leading French research[1]intensive university, ranked third-best in Europe and 15 worldwide
  • As a doctoral student at MIARC you will work with a committed and motivated team.
  • As a doctoral student at MIARC you have the opportunity to take part in research, teaching and outreach activities and projects conducted at the Malaurie Institute of Arctic Research Monaco-UVSQ at national and international level.
  • Additionally, we provide a valuable opportunity to enrich your knowledge through interaction with a diverse community of doctoral students at UVSQ and our partners from several European countries and the Arctic.

Applications can be written in French, English or German.

Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Grades (last year of master is sufficient)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 2 files) is of a great advantage. It is possible to work on a project developed together with the supervisor.
  • 1-3 letters of recommendation can be added but are not mandatory

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Contact: For more information, please contact Jun.-Prof. Joanna Kodzik,

Malaurie Institute of Arctic Research Monaco-UVSQ 

Closing date: 30/06/2024