Research School for Economic and Social History


Senior Research Fellow position (European University Institute, Florence) – deadline 4 July 2022

The EUI has an open vacancy for a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History and Civilization within the ERC-funded project CAPASIA: European Factories of the Indian Ocean, 1500-1800, led by Professor Giorgio Riello.

  • The Senior Research Fellow will carry out research work in an independent manner and collaborate on the research work of the project. Main tasks include:
  • Investigating the system of factories of the Indian Ocean over the period 1500-1800, the system of commodity procurement, the structure of and relationship between factories, and factories’ contribution to the origin of global capitalism;
  • Carrying out research on specific aspects of the project by engaging with a variety of primary and secondary sources in archives and libraries in Asia, Europe and North America including factory records, prints, maps, views of factories, and materials in a number of European and non-European languages;
  • Writing and publishing independently and in collaboration with the Project leader and Research Fellows on selected topic areas and on the main project; working and coordinating a co-authored volume, and co-authored articles;
  • Working in collaboration with the Technical Officer towards the development of a dedicated online platform and the project’s databases;
  • Leading the project’s contribution on the expanding public debate on global history, global economic history, and the history of capitalism by organising a programme of workshops, public panels, conferences, podcasts, online exhibitions and outreach activities;
  • Leading the public outreach programme and academic activities of the project;
  • Identifying and engaging public stakeholders and leading public debate on the project’s findings and methodologies;
  • Assisting visiting international academics and PhD researchers who will contribute to the project;
  • Mentoring Research (postdoctoral) Fellows;
  • Co-teaching relevant subject areas for the EUI doctoral programme;
  • Aiding the process of sharing and discussion by the research team, in order to build a more comprehensive empirical understanding of factories as hubs for the production and exchange of commodities and information.

Applications should be received ultimately by 4 July 2022 midnight (Florence Time) via the online application form.

Full info (PDF)

Online application form EUI