Gepubliceerd op 15-04-2016

Assistant professor in Dutch History, University of Amsterdam

The History Department at the University of Amsterdam is seeking candidates for a regular (vaste) position of Assistant professor (Universitair Docent) in Dutch History of the 19th and 20th century.

The Dutch History group within the History Department contributes to all aspects of the programmes’ teaching at the BA and MA levels. At the BA level you will be expected to teach, develop and help administer the general survey in Dutch history (c. 1600-2000), general sources and methods classes, and electives that may be broadly thematic or period-specific. At the MA level you will be required to contribute to the taught and research programs through offering elective courses and tutorials to advanced students.

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) will be the research home of the new post holder. You will be expected to participate in one or more of its research groups and/or centres. Ample opportunities for cross-disciplinary research exist and are strongly encouraged within and beyond the Humanities Faculty.
The Faculty of Humanities offers assistant professors the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that – partly as a result of their multidisciplinary approach – are world-renowned. Moreover, you will be teaching in a dynamic context in which new educational methods are being developed.

Given the History Department’s desire to expand beyond its current geographical coverage, applicants with a research and teaching focus on Dutch history that includes postcolonial, transnational or comparative approaches are encouraged to apply, especially those interested in social, cultural and urban history. Command of the Dutch language is of course essential. 

New staff members follow a full programme of professional integration and can expect significant feedback on their work. Additional didactical training is also part of the appointment. Based on the candidate’s educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration. The introductory programme includes earning the ‘basic teaching qualification’.

Other tasks

  • pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils;
  • supervising BA and MA theses;
  • active contribution to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes, regarding didactics and the contents of the programmes, and their evaluation;
  • supervising and training students;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out administrative tasks.


  • Eligible candidates will have earned their PhD’s in History (or a field directly relevant to the advertised position) by the date of the appointment;
  • a research network, preferably international, in the research area concerned;
  • proven record of research funding applications;
  • demonstrated experience in, and enthusiasm for, teaching in different forms and on all academic levels;
  • Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or willingness to acquire this within a relatively short time-frame;
  • experience of digital and audiovisual teaching facilities;
  • affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • a good team worker, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • proven organizational experience and skills;
  • excellent command of Dutch, good command of English and ability to teach in both languages.

You can apply for this job until April 22, 2016.
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