Gepubliceerd op 16-01-2023

Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Art History

 The growing number of students, investments in research and committed Faculty and University support enable the Section of Art history to hire a full-time assistant professor (Universitair Docent) in Modern and Contemporary Art History. We are looking for an engaged scholar who is able to relate modern and contemporary art to the challenges facing contemporary and future societies and who values and expands cooperation with museums, art spaces and the wider heritage field.

The research focus is open, but we do favour perspectives from either a material-ecological, global and transcultural, participatory and public art history, digital or curatorial and exhibition history angle. Art History in Utrecht has over the years strengthened the axes of transcultural and global as well as material-technical art history and digital perspectives. We are committed to strengthening our interdisciplinary approaches and keep expanding our object-oriented research and teaching.

The candidate teaches in Bachelor Art History, in the Master track Modern and Contemporary Art with a focus on curating and mediating, collecting and criticism and in the Research master Art History which focuses more on global, digital and material-technical perspectives.


The successful candidate has:

  • a PhD degree in Art History with a focus on modern and contemporary art;
  • thorough knowledge of theories, criticism, histories and methodologies in relation to modern and contemporary art as demonstrated by scholarly output as well as the organisation of symposia, possibly also exhibitions or other art events and the dissemination of knowledge in a wider social field;
  • connections with museums, art spaces and heritage institutions;
  • experience with academic teaching, the willingness to teach on all educational levels, including BA, MA, and RMA; and the willingness and curiosity to teach more general courses within the field of art history at BA and MA level;
  • a clear teaching philosophy, briefly outlined in a teaching philosophy statement in which the candidate reflects on teaching beliefs and practices, and what skills and knowledge are brought to an education team. This should be included in the letter of motivation;
  • the ability to take up administrative tasks regarding teaching, and the ability and willingness to play a role in the management of the programs offered by the section Art History and/or the Department;
  • the readiness to engage with a wider audience and to assist in developing the impact of research beyond the university and/or a record of contributing to team science;
  • a supportive attitude towards colleagues, with an open mind towards creative forms of exchange and cooperation, contributing to the academic life of the department and strengthening the ties of the Art History section with other relevant partners within the University. an innovative research theme and strategy, for an assistant-professor function, outlined in a research statement included in your letter of motivation.

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

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

The department is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome all employees who contribute to the diversity of our faculty through their unique backgrounds and perspective.


We offer a position for an assistant professor (UD2), as of April 1st (1.0 FTE) for a period of one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be turned into a permanent one. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,974 and €5,439 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for 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.


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.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 1,100 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.

Art History in Utrecht provides innovative solutions and critical answers to the challenges facing art and architecture history scholarship and the heritage sector in the high-tech, globalised and socially diverse world. We aim for a positive impact and sustainable transformation of science and society through research, teaching and collaboration with the art, architecture and heritage sectors. We see it as our responsibility to share our insights with the cultural, social, and educational fields and strive for excellence in teaching, research, societal impact and leadership based on transparent, honest scholarship. We share the outcomes of our research through open access and encourage active involvement of civil society partners, heritage stakeholders and the general public in our academic work. We are committed to protecting the intellectual autonomy of researchers and actively work towards a socially safe research, teaching and working environment in which every colleague feels welcome. We encourage a climate in which everyone can thrive individually as well as form bonds that enhance the intellectual debate. We emphasise the importance of dialogue, diversity, inclusion and equality within the working environment.


For more information about this position, please contact: Dr. Patrick Van Rossem (Section Head Art History) via p.vanrossem@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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