Vacature: Assistant Professor in Urban Studies or Heritage Studies Maastricht University (Deadline 12 March)
Assistant professor in Urban Studies or Heritage Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Literature & Art, Maastricht University, 1.00 fte, 6-year tenure-track position.
FASoS is seeking an assistant professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in Urban Studies with a focus on Creative Cities, OR in Heritage Studies with a focus on Built Heritage.
Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme Arts, Media and Culture. S/He is expected to develop international research projects and to attract external funding that is related to the interfaculty research Maastricht Centre for Arts, and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH).
The selected candidate will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA programme Arts & Culture and the MA programme Arts & Heritage of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We are particularly looking for a colleague to teach topics on creative cities, creative classes, cultural development policies and social and economic impact of urban development and/or heritage interpretation and education (including digital use of heritage) and use and reuse of post-industrial spaces. Being able to teach topics related to arts & culture management is a plus. The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.
Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in a relevant humanities/social science discipline (e.g. cultural sociology, cultural history or cultural geography) with a focus on either creative cities, or built heritage. Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (basic level).After earning the PhD, they will have gained relevant work experience in an academic position at a university.
The candidate should be an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles. Experience with course development is an asset. The candidate is able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.
Candidates should display outstanding quality in research and be open to an interdisciplinary approach. They will have a relevant international network and a track record of potential for grant acquisition. International peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative.
The candidate is expected to be a team player, to have an open, effective management style, and be ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty.
In view of recruitment policies and the composition of our corps of assistant professors at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Maastricht University in general, female candidates with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.
Conditions of employment
Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.
The successful candidate will be appointed as an assistant professor on a 6-year tenure track. During this period, the candidate will have the opportunity to demonstrate his/her teaching and research talents, an entrepreneurial approach, and a team spirit in line with pre-defined criteria. Upon a positive evaluation, the candidate will be able to apply for tenure (appointment for an indefinite period of time) in the position of assistant professor.
The workload will be the normal workload for the position of assistant professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching – and 40% research activities.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 2.552,– and a maximum of € 4.691,– gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 10-11, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
The university’s relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate needs to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), (s)he will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
Contract type: Temporary, 6 years
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,000 students and 4,000 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 75% of the students are non-Dutch (almost 40 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year Bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers six different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research Master’s programmes.
Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.
Starting date: Preferably 15 August 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos
Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to: Dr. E. Sitzia (+31(0)43 3883051;
Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Local university provisions also apply. For more information please see the website:www.maastrichtuniversity.nl / Support / UM employees