Gepubliceerd op 25-03-2020

Utrecht University Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History (1.0 FTE)

The section of Economic and Social History aims to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenured) as of 1 September 2020. In principle, the position involves 70% teaching and 30% research. The Assistant Professor will be involved in high-quality teaching and supervision tasks within the regular programmes offered by the Department of History, on the BA, MA and RMA level. Moreover, the position involves multidisciplinary teaching, e.g. in the PPE programme and in the context of the university’s strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. It will also involve the development of new parts of the curriculum pertaining to environmental history. The Assistant Professor is expected to further develop his/her research agenda within the field of Economic and Social History, aiming for publications in leading journals, with a potential for attracting/securing external research funding.


The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD in Economic and Social History or a related discipline;
  • a firm grounding in economic and, particularly, social history, evidenced by a strong publication profile and ample teaching experience;
  • a focus on innovative research within the field of economic and social history, preferably experience with internationally comparative research;
  • a demonstrated interest in environmental history and/or the historical study of sustainable use of resources.

Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers, and candidates are required to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) within two years if they have not yet acquired 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.

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year, which will become a permanent contract in case of good performance. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €3,637 and €4,978 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement 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.

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.

The Economic & Social History group at Utrecht University has an internationally renowned reputation. Our research aims at a better understanding of long-run developments in economy and society. We analyse (long-term) historical change, including fundamental transitions or crises, by making comparisons between different world regions, and between social groups. Thus we study processes of growing (in)equality between and within societies. Also, we attempt to contribute to societal debates by studying how past societies coped with crises and external shocks, analyzing successes and failures of specific institutions. Our approach requires clear hypotheses inspired by relevant social science theory. We test these employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative analyses. We aim to convey these principles of multidisciplinary, question-driven research in our teaching, and motivate our students to consider present-day socioeconomic problems in a long-term historical perspective.

For more information about this position, please contact: Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (Head of the section Economic and Social History), via e.j.v.vannederveenmeerkerk@uu.nl.


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