Universitair Docent Politieke Geschiedenis / Assistant Professor of Political History
The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is seeking to fill a 1.0 position in Political History.
The research and teaching of the Political History group analyses political history from a European and international perspective (1800-present). We focus on the exercise and legitimation of power in history by colonial empires, nation-states, organisations and individuals. In recent years particular attention has been paid to the role of the EU, the history of corruption and good governance, democracy, the ‘politics of remembrance’ (including the remembrance of the holocaust, slavery and colonialism), as well as theory of history and the (mis)uses of the past for political purposes. Concerning the latter, from our perspective, political history requires a reflection on the historian’s societal task.
- teaching and developing courses, spread out over the year, in our Political History programs as well as the broader History and History and International Studies programs; supervision of bachelor and master theses and internships. Examples of courses that you might be asked to teach are European History 1800-present, Research Seminar Political History
- initiating and performing outstanding research leading to new publications
- preparing or participating in the writing of grant applications
- administrative and management tasks, including tutoring and an active role in recruiting new students
- a completed PhD thesis in History that demonstrates a clear affinity with the field of European or Dutch political history
- good publication record fitting the stage of your career, preferably including a monograph (or monograph under review) and/or peer reviewed articles
- a university teaching qualification (Dutch BKO or equivalent), or commitment to obtain this qualification in the first year
- good proficiency in Dutch; CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking, all in view of teaching, archival research, day-to-day communication and administrative tasks. Improved proficiency in Dutch is required within two years after appointment
- high-level proficiency in academic English, including the ability to lecture in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
- teaching experience (as evidenced by good teaching evaluations) in relevant topics for this job
- a clear teaching philosophy
- demonstrated ability in writing research proposals to acquire external research funding
- expertise in political history and methods of humanities research with a focus on Dutch and European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- specialisations might include gender and intersectionality, contemporary politics, nationalism, human rights, the history of political thought, fascism, citizenship, state formation, social movements, political biography, and the politics of media and visual culture
- openness to building connections from your own areas of expertise to ongoing research projects and to co-teaching courses that might fall outside your immediate specialism, within the Political History section, the History department and the Faculty of Humanities
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 1 year.
A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years, starting 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service, and outreach. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11)and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- solid pension scheme (ABP)
- optional model for designing a personalised benefits package
- the possibility to work partly from home
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.
Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.
Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.
Documents required for application
- Cover letter,
- Curriculum Vitae,
- a 1-page teaching philosophy statement, in which you reflect on your teaching beliefs and practices (if applicable), and what skills and knowledge you bring to an education team;
- a 1-page research plan outlining your plans for the next 3 years;
- a writing sample (a representative article or a book chapter);
- names and contact details of two referees
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: dr. D.G. Hondius
Position: UHD en Opleidingsdirecteur Geschiedenis BA/MA