Gepubliceerd op 03-04-2019

Assistant professor in history of information

Job description

FASoS is seeking an assistant professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the history of science and technology. A focus on the history of information, computing, and digitality broadly construed and a strong interdisciplinary are assets. We are particularly looking for applicants who can link historical perspectives to Science and Technology Studies. Experience in digital humanities and/or digital historical methods would be welcome. Research that stresses the social and cultural dimensions of data, the knowledge sciences, and/or digitality would fit especially well with the faculty’s offerings and focus.

Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences (http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/fasos-research-institute) and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme Maastricht University Science, Technology & Society Studies (MUSTS – http://www.maastrichtsts.nl).  S/He is expected to develop independent research projects and an international scholarly profile, and to attract external funding that is related to the faculty’s core research themes.

The selected candidate will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the faculty’s BA Digital Society, BA Arts & Culture, and the MA Digital Cultures. The successful candidate will division of teaching and research duties follows the devote 60% of her/his time to teaching and management and 40% to research. The research time can be extended through external funds up to 80% research and 20% teaching and management.



Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in a relevant humanities/social science discipline (e.g. history of technology, information science, science and technology studies). Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (basic level). After earning the PhD, they will have gained relevant work experience in an academic position at a university.

The candidate should be an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles. Experience with course development is an asset. The candidate is able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.

Candidates should display outstanding quality in research and be open to an interdisciplinary approach. They will have a relevant international network and a track record of potential for grant acquisition. International peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative.

The candidate is expected to be a team player, to have an open, effective management style, and be ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty.

Conditions of employment

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.

Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.

Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier. On the candidate’s request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness.

The workload will be the normal workload for the position of assistant professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching – and 40% research activities.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3.637,- and a maximum of € 4.978,- gross per month, scale level 11, based on a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).

Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The university’s relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate needs to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), (s)he will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.


Starting date: Preferably August 15, 2019



Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.





The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes.

Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.

Additional information

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website:http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos .

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to Prof. dr. C. M. Mody: c.mody@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

  1. A letter of motivation;
  2. The PhD degree certificate;
  3. A full CV & complete list of publications;
  4. A statement on teaching and research interests and how these link to the teaching and research conducted at our faculty;
  5. Teaching evaluations, if available;
  6. Two writing samples: published article(s) and/or book chapter;
  7. The contact information of two referees (including e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and relationship to the applicant).


The deadline for submitting your application is 30 April 2019.

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the department History: pzfasosvac-hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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