Gepubliceerd op 05-04-2016

Job: Professor of Twentieth Century Political History, Utrecht University

Utrecht University is looking to fill a professorship of Twentieth Century Political History per 1 September 2016. The chair forms part of the section of Political History of the Department of History and Art History. The research focus of the section is currently on twentieth century Western European history. The chair of Twentieth Century Political History shares that focus but also covers the political history of Europe in its entirety, with particular attention paid to global and comparative perspectives.

The successful candidate to the chair promotes education and research in the field of twentieth century political history. He/she will lead the Political History section and is jointly responsible with the chair of History of International Relations for the research group International and Political History. The successful candidate will provide teaching at undergraduate and graduate level. He/she will actively contribute to the visibility of the field of study both within and beyond the university.

The successful candidate is expected to take on an active and leading role within the Political History section. He/she will work closely with colleagues within the department and will set up new research programmes, in particular on the strategic theme area “Institutions for Open Societies”. He/she is expected to actively contribute to the Dutch Postgraduate School of Political History.

The chair holder will furthermore contribute substantially to the administrative leadership of the department and the Faculty of Humanities.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.


The successful candidate:

  • has an excellent track record as a senior researcher at an international level and has thorough knowledge of the twentieth century political history of Europe and/or its (post)colonial legacy from a comparative and global perspective;
  • has a proven ability to set up their own, innovative line of research and is capable of attracting research subsidies and/or contract research funds;
  • has proven to be a successful coach to young researchers, especially PhD candidates;
  • is a teacher who is motivated and able to motivate others, who uses their in-depth understanding of modern teaching methods and knows how to translate them into excellent and challenging education;
  • is able to set up and maintain a network of partnerships;
  • possesses the management and relational skills necessary for this position. Is also a team player who knows how to motivate others;
  • is able and willing to teach in Dutch and in English. (We expect foreign candidates to master the Dutch language within two years)

You can apply for this job until April 24, 2016.
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