Gepubliceerd op 16-08-2016

Assistant Professor in Art History – Modern and Contemporary Art, Utrecht University

The department of History and Art History seeks to appoint an assistant professor specialised in the history and theory of modern and contemporary art. The candidate has proven expertise in modern and contemporary art history and in art theory of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The assistant professor will be expected to engage with art institutions, inside and outside the Netherlands and build extensive networks with these institutions.

Research work must complement that of existing staff in the Art History group. Applicants should show how their research will contribute to the group’s research focus and to the university’s strategic research area Institutions for Open Societies.

The position carries an initial 70% teaching load.


The successful candidate will have:

  • experience teaching undergraduate students at all levels;
  • a PhD degree in art history or a related discipline;
  • ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
  • a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems and aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting external research funding;
  • readiness to engage with a wider audience and to assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;
  • ability to play an appropriate 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.

Candidates are expected to be proficient in both Dutch and English. Non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment, as soon as possible, will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from € 3,427 to € 4,691 for a full time position, consistent with the cao (Collective Employment Agreement) scale 11 for Dutch Universities.

Candidates who have not yet obtained the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) will initially be graded in the starting grade, consistent with the cao scale 10 for Dutch Universities.

Under the current cao Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are set by the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

The application deadline is 20 September 2016.

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