Gepubliceerd op 06-05-2019

Assistant Professor in Ancient History and Classical Civilization (0.8 FTE)

Job description

Would you like to join the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University? We seek to appoint an Assistant Professor in ancient history and classical civilization. The ancient history and classical civilization group studies the history of the Mediterranean and the ancient Near East over a time span ranging from 800 B.C.E. to 500 C.E. The focus is on topics such as migration and borders, cultural interaction, East-West contact, identity formation, the role of religious practices, and heritage studies. The group is particularly interested in developing its expertise in the field of digital humanities.

We are looking for applicants specialised in ancient studies, ideally with a focus on any of the following themes: migration; cultural interaction; or heritage studies. In addition, we are particularly keen on talking to candidates who can help us develop our budding work in the field of the digital humanities on the basis of a proven track record in that particular area. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The position carries an initial 70% teaching load and 30% research time.


You will have:

  • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduate and graduate students at all levels;
  • a PhD degree in Ancient History or a related field;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research that is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
  • a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial research problems and aiming for publications in leading journals, and holding the promise of winning external funding for research;
  • experience in engaging with non-academic research users and to assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;
  • ability to play a role in departmental management and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department.

Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers, and candidates are required to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), if they are not already in possession of one, within a reasonable timeframe.

Candidates are expected to be versatile in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within three years.

Conditions of employment

You will be appointed Assistant Professor. Subject to excellent performance, the initial appointment of one year will be followed by a permanent position. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from €3,637 to €4,978 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions ( terms of employment options model). You’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University here: terms of employment .


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.

The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

A profile description of the ancient history and classical civilization group is here available. Enquiries can be made by contacting Leonard V. Rutgers, via l.v.rutgers@uu.nl.

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Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.