Gepubliceerd op 06-05-2021

Universiteit Utrecht – Assistant Professor Cultural History

The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint a full time Assistant Professor in Cultural History (1.0 FTE). The position relates to the period after 1500.
Cultural History at Utrecht University is structured along three research domains: Transcultural Connections in Europe and the World, Uses of the Past, and Knowledge Practices. These groups take an interest in the Digital Humanities (text mining and network analysis), in the theory of (teaching) history and in such themes as postcolonialism, race, gender, the body, heritage, citizenship, public history, popular culture, (inter)nationalism, and the history of science & humanities.

Applicants will have to make clear how their profile fits with the research and teaching of the CH Group. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply, with experience of having worked toward inclusion and diversity in their career to date.


The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD degree in History or a related subject appropriate to carrying out cultural historical research and teaching;
  • experience in graduate and (research—led) post-graduate teaching, including setting up new courses and programmes that fit the curricular context;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research that is internationally acknowledged in terms of significance, originality and rigour;
  • a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems and aimed at (co-)creating research projects;
  • a philosophy of teaching, presented in the letter of motivation;
  • the ambition to broadcast scholarly knowledge via a variety of outlets, directed to scholars as well as wider audiences, such as well-respected Open Access journals, podcasts, community engagement platforms, or alternative media;
  • a supportive attitude towards colleagues, with an open mind towards creative forms of exchange and cooperation, fostering diversity, and contributing to the academic life of the department.

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

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

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. In case of a good performance, employment will be made permanent. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,746 and €5,826 (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. We offer a position, as from 1 November 2021 at the latest.

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). Here you’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Dr Dirk van Miert (Associate Professor of Early Modern History of Knowledge, Head of Cultural History section), via d.k.w.vanmiert@uu.nl

More information and application procedure

Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.