Gepubliceerd op 30-01-2023

Assistant Professor in Digital Heritage (1.0 FTE)

This vacancy is part of a broad recruitment campaign. Utrecht University’s Faculty of Humanities is looking for more than 40 talented and passionate assistant professors. Based on their subject matter expertise, they will contribute to strengthening our interdisciplinary education and its connection with urgent social themes.

We are looking for colleagues who find it interesting and challenging to teach and conduct research within more than one disciplinary and institutional context. Such a cross-boundary perspective is most successful and satisfying when working from a specialisation. We are therefore looking for colleagues who unite a subject specialisation with a discipline-transcending perspective and who can give shape to multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary team teaching and team science from a specific subject expertise within and between the broad domains of Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Cultural Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication (or who want to develop further in this).

The section Cultural History seeks to appoint a fulltime Professor (Universitair Docent) in Digital Heritage. Digitization drastically impacts the ways cultural heritage is studied, preserved, archived, and shared in contemporary societies. The ideal candidate has hands-on experience with analysing, visualizing and/or publishing cultural heritage materials computationally. The assistant professor will teach in the BA History and the new MA Cultural History and Heritage. Within these programs the candidate will translate discussions from critical heritage studies (or related fields like archive studies or museum studies) to students and supervise theses in this field. The assistant professor must be committed to teaching both method and theory to a broad range of students. The research focus and speciality of the position is open but must bridge critical heritage studies and digital humanities.

The Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University deploys the extra resources from the Administrative Agreement (Bestuursakkoord) in such a way that they are beneficial for team collaboration and the sustainability of humanities research.


We are looking for colleagues who:

  • have teaching and research expertise in the domain of digital heritage;
  • hold a completed PhD in a relevant discipline (history, heritage studies, archive or museum studies, archaeology, cultural studies, digital humanities) with a focus on digital heritage;
  • have practical experience with digital heritage/history;
  • have a theoretical knowledge of the central debates in heritage studies;
  • have a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link that domain in teaching and/or research with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
  • have an open attitude and are able to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
  • are interested in team teaching and team science to address social issues;
  • have experience or interest in computational and/or data-driven perspectives in History and Art History. This will be considered an advantage.

Candidates are expected to be able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment.

All our assistant professors have obtained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ, in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The BKO is recognized by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment.

(Personal) leadership and responsibility are part of your job. That is why you recognise yourself in the following core values that are central to the Faculty of Humanities: professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connection and safety. These core values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and to others. Read more about our core values and how they translate into concrete behaviour.

Candidates with affinity, experience and/or appealing research and educational plans in the field of the following social issues are particularly invited to respond:

  • Human artificial intelligence – Responsible design and use of AI applications, digitisation and technology;
  • Cultural heritage and identity – Material and intangible heritage;
  • Languages and cultures – Language variation, literacy and inclusion in the digital society – Multilingualism, transculturality and second language acquisition in education and organisations; and
  • (in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance) Prosperity, participation and citizenship in a digital world – Communication, information and social inequality.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The allocation is permanently set to 40% research and 60% teaching. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% free space that will not be scheduled. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE model; this makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.

Within Utrecht University, we find it important that employees continue to develop within their own position or towards the next. We offer coaching and a variety of training opportunities.


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 strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff are affiliated to the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty comprises four areas of expertise: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Cultural Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. Through education and research in these areas, 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 excellent facilities in Utrecht’s historic city centre, where the faculty is housed, ensure an inspiring working climate.

You will work in the section Cultural History. The section employs around 40 researchers, lecturers and support staff. We closely collaborate with the other staff of the Department of History and Art History in shaping the BA and Research Master History. The section also coordinates its own MA in Cultural History and Heritage and a specialization track in the BA. Our focus in research and teaching transcends Europe and the Netherlands and embraces a global perspective. Our section has three key focus areas: Uses of the Past (exploring how societies use and mobilize heritage and history), Knowledge Practices (studies how knowledge and expertise is constructed and circulated), and Transcultural Connection (analyses the circulation of cultural practices and norms across the globe and reflects on the impact of (post)colonialism). Our group is very interdisciplinary and ambitions to expand collaborations with other departments and sections at Utrecht and beyond.


For more information about this position, please contact Pim Huijnen, at p.huijnen@uu.nl.

Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff and guests.


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