Gepubliceerd op 21-04-2021

Vrije Universiteit – Assistant Professor in Latin Language & Literature and Roman Cultural History (tenure track)

Job description

The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is seeking to fill a 0.6 position in Latin Language & Literature and Roman Cultural History.

Your duties
The successful applicant will be teaching in our BA programme in Greek and Latin languages and cultures (in Dutch), our interdisciplinary BA programme in Ancient Studies (Dutch and English tracks), as well as in our Master’s and Research Master’s programmes in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (in English). These programmes are offered in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam within the framework of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). In addition to language acquisition courses, the successful applicant will be teaching Latin literature and its history, Roman cultural history, as well as their receptions.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong and innovative research agenda in one of the fields mentioned, who is committed to writing applications in order to obtain research funding. A track record of cooperation with other relevant disciplines will be considered an asset.

In addition to teaching and doing research, the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the organization and administration of our programmes and to play a part in the life of the Department and of the ACASA community.


The successful candidate has:

  • a PhD in Latin language & literature or Roman cultural history
  • an excellent knowledge of Latin, sufficient to teach Latin at BA, MA, and Research MA levels
  • an excellent publication record fitting the stage of her or his career, preferably including at least one monograph (under review) and peer reviewed articles
  • relevant teaching experience as well as a teaching qualification (BKO/UTQ or similar), or a willingness to obtain such qualification within the first two years of appointment
  • a demonstrable capacity and willingness to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries within and beyond the fields of Latin literature and Roman cultural history, in teaching and in research
  • a strong cooperative attitude, team spirit, and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
  • the ability to communicate and teach in Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch within a reasonable period of time (within two years) (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
  • the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years starting 1 August 2021. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.5 – 0.6 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Greek and Latin at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Our small but very active Greek and Latin section is part of the Antiquity cluster of the Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity. Its members cooperate with archaeologists and ancient historians in the same cluster as well as with colleagues at the University of Amsterdam. Together we offer several disciplinary and interdisciplinary BA and MA programmes within the framework of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Our research is facilitated by the VU-wide interfaculty research institute CLUE+ and by OIKOS, the national Research School in Classics. Members of the section follow a variety of approaches: from linguistics and narratology to analysis of poetry, intertextuality and reception history. Patristic, Late Antique, and Byzantine literature are also well covered, as is the historical context of Classical literature.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until May 9, 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Prof. Bas ter Haar Romeny
Professor of Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern History
E-mail: bas.ter.haarromeny@vu.nl

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