Gepubliceerd op 20-03-2022

Full Professor Long-Run Economic Development (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University is searching for a full professor on “Long-Run Economic Development”; as of 1 November 2022. The chair is part of the section of Economic and Social History (ESH) at the Department of History and Art History. The chair will be expected to play a prominent role in the multi- and interdisciplinary initiatives within the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), which is one of four main research clusters at Utrecht University. The candidate should have, or develop, a research agenda that on the one hand is multi- and/or interdisciplinary and addresses the core issues of the IOS program. On the other hand, this research agenda fits within the research program of the ESH group, which studies global inequality using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Teaching will involve the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics BA-program, BA and MA History courses, as well as collaboration in efforts to develop new possibilities for interdisciplinary education.


The chair of Long-Run Economic Development:

  • will perform research and publish internationally on economic development in the long run;
  • will play an initiating role in new initiatives from the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies and contribute 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 candidates from different research groups who are doing their research in the field of institutions and economic development;
  • will teach in the bachelor of PPE and/or bachelor/(research) master History and/or Economics;
  • will supervise bachelor and/or (research) master theses;
  • will investigate opportunities for integration of teaching between faculties on the theme of institutions and economic development and contribute to their realization;
  • will take up management tasks and board functions within the section, department and/or strategic theme.

Required competences

The successful candidate:

  • is at the top of his or her league either as a high potential or as a world research leader;
  • has a solid publication record in international journals in fields relevant to 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;
  • has extensive experience in academic teaching at all levels;
  • has experience in managing a research group and in supervising successful PhD candidates;
  • is able and willing to teach in Dutch and in English. Foreign candidates are expected to master the Dutch language within two years (this will be facilitated by the department).

We offer a 1.0 FTE position for a period of five years which, after positive evaluation, can be turned into a permanent position. The monthly salary lies between a minimum of € 5,864 and a maximum of € 8,539 gross for a full time contract (scale H2, CAO Dutch Universities). 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 on working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Over de organisatie

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 societal 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 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. 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 center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Aanvullende informatie
For more information about this position, please contact: Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Professor of economic and social history), via e.j.v.vannederveenmeerkerk@uu.nl.
Are you interested? Download Description of the Chair.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Your application can be uploaded through the link below.

Your application should comprise of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a CV and a list of publications;
  • a concise research plan which shows connection to the section’s research profile.

Candidate interviews will be held in Utrecht in week 20 or 21. A trial lecture and an assessment may be part of the application procedure.

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