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LIMES vacancies

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    You are invited to apply for a 4-year PhD position in the project “LIMES – the hardening and softening of borders”. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847596.

    LIMES is a doctoral programme for 13 talented PhD candidates in the domain of the humanities and social sciences, centred on the theme of ‘The Hardening and Softening of Borders: Europe in a Globalising World’. Conducting research within this framework means working on the frontline of societal and scientific innovation, and is therefore particularly attractive for a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers. Moreover, Maastricht – located in the heart of the transnational Meuse-Rhine Euroregion – offers excellent opportunities to function as springboard for the mobility of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). A rich training programme encompassing general research skills, methods, public outreach, and dissemination of knowledge is provided. Tailor-made secondments at one of the external partners are further geared towards extending the employability of LIMES graduates for academic as well as non-academic positions.

    The overall topic of LIMES – the hardening and softening of borders – is related to current societal challenges in Europe and the world. Borders – as reality and metaphor – exist not only on the edge of the territory of the nation-state or the European Union, but also in numerous respects within and beyond these geographical units, not least in the minds of people. Borders are intrinsically moveable and permeable, and it is precisely this malleability that LIMES researchers focus on.

    The keystone of the LIMES project is mobility. The programme offers research options in two clusters, one related to the mobility of persons and the other to the mobility of information and commodities. Within these two clusters, applicants can choose between a number of innovative projects which leave room for personal interests and specializations.

    Further information is available on the website:; the application deadline is 26 August 2019.

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