EURHISFIRM: a new European Infrastructure Development project (2018-2020)

For its participation to the Horizon 2020 EURHISFIRM project the Faculty of Applied Economics is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Accountancy and Finance for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Economic History – Financial Economics.

EURHISFIRM is a consortium of eleven research institutions from seven European countries and is financed by the European Commission’s Infrastructure Development Program of Horizon 2020. Its aim is to develop world-class research infrastructure ( EURHISFIRM aims at designing a European research infrastructure for long-term company data. Using this infrastructure researchers and other stakeholders will have easy electronic access to long-term data series on European companies. It will develop methods to construct national databases, to link them and to query them in a uniform way. Innovative methods will be developed to efficiently feed data to the databases, thereby enabling a “big data” revolution in the historical social sciences and unlocking European cultural heritage to a broad audience.

The person filling this vacancy will (a) compile a detailed inventory and description of all official price lists of exchanges in a number of European countries (the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Poland, …) (b) compile an inventory and description of all sources pertaining to companies and securities listed on these exchanges, and (c) propose a high-quality standard allowing to compare the concepts used in the different countries over the last 200 years. This standard will be used by other teams to homogenize data. He/she will work at SCOB, the University of Antwerp research center for historical research on financial data (, and in close cooperation with the research teams of the other members of the consortium.

Job description

  • You contribute to research in the field of financial and economic history.
  • You actively look for all necessary sources, thoroughly analyze them and document this process.
  • You investigate existing databases (regardless of their format) in order to document their scope and their potential gaps. You also compare their contents to the data standards to be developed in this project.
  • You collaborate with different research teams from several European countries.
  • You participate actively in writing academic publications.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or earn during the application period) a doctorate degree (PhD) preferably in (applied) economic sciences (with strong interests in history) or in economic history (with strong interests in financial economics). Candidates from other fields are also welcome to the extent they are willing to engage in financial-economic history.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).

We offer

  • an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of two years, with a possibility of renewal for max. 1 year;
  • the date of appointment: 1 April 2018;
  • a full time gross salary: € 4 053.77 and € 6 319.49, depending on relevant experience (at the current index 1.6734);
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Please send your application, accompanied by your CV and cover letter to before the closing date 28 February 2018.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.
  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof Dr. Jan Annaert ( or Dr. Frans Buelens (

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