Gepubliceerd op 29-10-2019

UvA Lecturer in European Culture

A fixed-term, one-year appointment to teach courses in modern European literary and cultural history, as part of the core undergraduate European Studies programme.

Candidates have a background (PhD) in European literature/cultural history and are able to teach tutorial groups on core courses such as: National Thought in Europe, European Literary History, Articulating Europe, Turning Points in European History, and Philosophy of the Humanities. These courses cover European literature, cultural history and theories and methods of analysis in the humanities. Expertise is required to develop and teach specialist courses in modern European culture, such as a 2nd year elective and a research seminar in area of specialisation. Preference will be given to candidates who have the experience and/or potential to teach across national cultures and across a variety of genres and sources.


  • Provision of teaching in English and preferably Dutch, in the BA programme, in the area of expertise;
  • the development and coordination of courses in the BA programme, in the area of expertise;
  • supervising BA theses;
  • an active contribution to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes, regarding didactics and the contents of the programmes, and their evaluation;
  • keeping track of relevant scholarship and integrate new insights into teaching;
  • taking part in committees, working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.


The ideal candidate:

  • will have a relevant background in the field of teaching and a proven interest in European Studies, preferably with experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment. Interest and experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching will be considered an advantage;
  • has a PhD in a relevant research field, or PhD within reach (i.e. thesis has been accepted by the PhD defense committee);
  • has solid experience of different forms and levels of delivering university teaching, at BA level, including thesis supervision;
  •  has (willingness to acquire) the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO);
  • has affinity with ICT in university teaching; some experience of digital and audiovisual teaching facilities is an advantage;
  • is a good team worker;
  • has good organizational experience and skills;
  • has good command of both English and Dutch; able to teach in both languages.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: one year.

The appointment will be temporary for one year and will start preferably 1 January 2020, or 1 February 2020 at the latest. The UFO profile for this position is Docent 4 or 3 (scale 10/11) with a gross monthly salary ranging from €2,709 to €4,978, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week), depending on relevant teaching experience. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Humanities – Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies
The Faculty of Humanities offers its lecturers many opportunities to teach in a dynamic, research-led context in which exciting new educational methods are being developed.The faculty offers its lecturers many opportunities to teach in a dynamic, research-led context in which exciting new educational methods are being developed. You will be supervised closely during the first year of your appointment. The introductory programme includes earning the ‘basic teaching qualification’ (BKO).

European Studies at the University of Amsterdam is a large and highly successful academic department which operates as a hub for interdisciplinary research on Europe, and provides exciting and popular degree programmes at BA and MA level to over 1,000 students. It successfully connects research and teaching in History, Culture, Politics, Law, and Economics, and focuses both on the EU and on a wider Europe, broader in both time and space.

The BA programme (taught in separate Dutch and English tracks) consists of interdisciplinary core modules like European Integration and National Thought, alongside disciplinary specialisms (Majors) in European History, Culture, East European Studies, European Law, and Economics. There is a close degree of co-operation in all the programmes between historians, culture and literature specialists, social scientists, lawyers, economists. Details of the BA and MA programmes can be found here.

There is a strong and vibrant research culture in European Studies, which is located in the Faculty’s Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES). Individual and small-group research is encouraged and facilitated, including frequent seminars, conferences, funding opportunities and regular research interaction with colleagues across the range of disciplines.

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