Gepubliceerd op 03-03-2021

Chair (Full Professor) Long-run development of Global Wellbeing (1.0 FTE)

HOURS PER WEEK: 38 to 40

FACULTY: Faculty of Humanities

DEPARTMENT: Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis


Job description

Utrecht University is searching for a professorship in the ‘Long-Run Development of Global Wellbeing’. The chair forms part of the section of Economic and Social History (ESH) of the Department of History and Art History. The Chair will be expected to play a prominent role together with scholars at Utrecht University in the multidisciplinary initiatives within the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS). He/she should have, or develop, a research agenda that on the one hand is interdisciplinary and addresses the core issues of the IOS programme and, on the other hand, fits within the research programme of the ESH group, which addresses global inequality with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Teaching will involve the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics BA-programme, BA and MA History courses, as well as collaboration in efforts to develop new possibilities for interdisciplinary education.

The Chair of Long-Run Development of Global Wellbeing:

  • will perform research and publish internationally on institutions and wellbeing in the long run;
  • will play an initiating role in new initiatives of the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies and will be contributing to their coordination;
  • will collaborate with Researchers within the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies inside and outside the Faculty of Humanities;
  • will (co)supervise PhD students who are doing their research in the field of institutions and wellbeing from different research groups;
  • will teach in the Bachelor’s of PPE and/or BA/(R)MA History and/or Economics;
  • will supervise Bachelor’s and/or (Research) Master’s theses;
  • will investigate opportunities for integration of teaching between faculties on the theme of Institutions and Wellbeing and contribute to their realization;
  • will take up management tasks and board functions within the section, department and/or strategic theme.


The successful candidate:

  • is at the top of his or her league either as a high potential or as a world research leader;
  • has an excellent publication record in international journals in fields relevant for the research area described;
  • shows potential for doing outstanding multi- or interdisciplinary research;
  • has expertise in quantitative research methods and working with big (historical) datasets;
  • has a keen eye for the societal relevance of the research in his or her field, and actively seeks to contribute to public engagement/outreach;
  • has demonstrable experience in acquiring additional and external funds to extend the research within the thematic pillar;
  • has extensive experience in academic teaching as well as experience in managing a research group and in having supervised successful PhD students.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for five years in an international working environment. Subject to excellent performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €5,749 and €8,371 (consistent with the Collective Employment Agreement scale for Professors of 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). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

Utrecht University strives for excellence in teaching and research. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with respect to four core themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences, and Sustainability. Utrecht University has a strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering today’s and tomorrow’s social questions.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. Through its research and teaching in these domains, 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 facilities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

For informal inquiries please contact Leen Dorsman (Head of Department GKG), via l.j.dorsman@uu.nl, Please note that an assessment may be part of the selection procedure.

More information regarding the chair position can be found here.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Your application should comprise of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae and a list of publications;
  • a concise research plan which shows your connection to the research profile.

Please note that a trial lecture and an assessment may be part of the application procedure.

The application deadline is 11 April 2021.


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