Gepubliceerd op 08-09-2015

Vacature: Professor of Archival Studies (Archiefwetenschap) – University of Amsterdam


Archival Studies at the UvA treats the records continuum from a non-custodial and de-institutionalized point of view, and as a discipline encompasses all phases of archivalism and archiving: from the conscious or unconscious decisions to archive material, through records creation, records use and records selection, including the study of the archive as cultural heritage. Social practice is the point of departure rather than formal organization, and the focus is on balancing societal interests rather than institutional ones.

Archival Studies at the UvA is the only academic programme in the Netherlands that leads to the official diploma of archivist (‘Archivaris A’).

The professor of archival Studies has a broad view of the domain as a whole, is comfortable with an interdisciplinary approach, and has specialised expertise in a relevant sub-domain. The candidate has the ability to identify links between his/her own field and other research areas and study programmes in the field of media and information at the Faculty, such as information studies, new media and digital culture, digital humanities, journalism, etc. In doing so, he/she is able to actively contribute to the continuation, development and advancement of archival studies both within and beyond the Faculty network, as well as at a national and international level. The candidate also has a successful academic track record and reputation, and possesses demonstrable leadership and administrative qualities, which can be used both within and outside of the capacity group.


  • A PhD in archival studies or a related field;
  • an international reputation in the field of archival studies;
  • an excellent academic publication record;
  • research matching one of the Faculty’s research priority areas;
  • an experienced and enthusiastic teacher on all levels of academic training;
  • experience in developing new teaching programs;
  • a proven track record of acquiring external research funding;
  • experience in the supervision of PhD-tracks;
  • an extensive national and international network with other academic and cultural institutions;
  • the ability to establish productive connections with other academic disciplines within as well as outside the department;
  • proven management and leadership qualities.


The appointment will be permanent. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2, between €5,103 and €7,431 gross per month (€71,217 – €103,707 per annum, including 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end of year payment) on a full-time basis in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.


University of Amsterdam

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

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language, history, and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutions in the capital city. Almost 1,000 employees are affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students. The Faculty of Humanities consists of eight departments.

For further details, interested parties should contact:

Hotze Mulder, secretary of the selection committee 
T: +31 (0)20 525 3066 or

Prof. Richard Rogers, chair of the committee 
T: +31 (0)20 525 3352

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