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Faculty of Humanities – Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies

Assistant professor of Modern Global History, with a focus on the Middle East
Publication date 17 April 2020
Closing date 5 May 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-237

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.

The Faculty of Humanities offers assistant professors the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that – partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach – are world-renowned. Moreover, you will be teaching in a dynamic context in which new teaching methods are being developed.

You will be supervised closely during the first year of your appointment. Additional didactic training is also part of the appointment. Based on the candidate’s educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration. The introductory programme includes earning the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO).

The Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies is looking for an Assistant professor (UD) of Modern Global History with expertise on the social and political history of the Middle East and its relations with the West. The candidate’s research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies (ASH). ASH is one of the five research schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

By Global History we mean a distinctive historical approach: the orientation on historical forms of exchange, mutual influence or synchronism between parts of the world. The assistant professor will strengthen the existing research and implement the Global History approach in teaching.

Within the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies (abbreviated GER), the History capacity group, divided into various chairs, provides the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in History. The master’s programme has various programs. The complete programmes can be found here.

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies represents and fosters the study of the human past from Antiquity to the present day. It brings together more than 200 academics from Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, who participate in ca. 25 research groups. ASH does not limit itself to a particular period, discipline or method, but integrates a variety of (inter)disciplinary perspectives, including history, history of art, literature and religious studies. It encourages collaborations between scholars along thematic lines (e.g. Religion, the City, Conflict), geographical focus (e.g. Mediterranean History,  American Studies, Modern Germany) and in terms of period (e.g. Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modern and Modern History).

You will be supervised closely during the first year of your appointment. Additional didactic training is also part of the appointment. Based on the candidate’s educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration. The introductory programme includes earning the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO).

Job description

The candidate holds a PhD in History, with a research focus on the political or social history of (a region of) the Middle East. Her/his publications display affinity with current global history approaches. The candidate is supposed to be an active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record. Demonstrated ability to apply for and obtain research funding will be considered a plus.

The candidate’s research fits the existing research foci of ASH. S/he has a PhD in a relevant discipline, international publications, and an international academic network. Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome.

Furthermore the candidate has relevant university teaching experience and will be able to develop and offer modules on the history of globalization, the history of the Middle East in a global context, and/or the environmental history. S/he can also contribute to existing courses in Modern History, Military History or the History of International Relations. Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond the candidate’s own research focus. The Assistant professor provides inspiring lectures and seminars in the bachelor’s and master’s in History. Teaching duties also include supervising theses and contributing to renewal and improvement of the curriculum. Within the department and the capacity groups, programs are explicitly tailored to facilitate the reinforcement of the research interests of the staff and curriculum development. The acquisition of external research funds is seen as an important instrument in this regard.


  • Conducting independent research in the broad area of global history/history of globalization/political and social history of the Middle East, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the research activities of the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies (ASH);
  • developing, coordinating and delivering teaching in Dutch (the prevailing language of instruction) and English, in the BA and MA programmes;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the Department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.


  • PhD in History;
  • an international research network in the research area concerned;
  • research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
    wide experience in different forms and levels of university teaching, at BA and MA level;
  • broad teaching skills, relevant to multiple departments in the Faculty of Humanities;
  • the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or willingness to acquire this within the first two years. Acquiring the BKO is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract;
  • experience of digital and audiovisual teaching facilities; affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • a good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organizational experience and skills;
  • teaching and admin duties require native or near-native fluency in Dutch and English; appointments are subject to the candidate’s proficiency in both, or their undertaking to acquire this proficiency as speedily as possible. Non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years. Passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language (NT2), programme II, is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract.

Our offer

The employment contract is initially temporary for a period of two years. Positive assessment and evaluation can be expected to lead to a permanent contract. The contract will commence preferably between 1 August and 1 September 2020.

The UFO profile for this position is, dependent on relevant experience, Universitair docent 2 (scale 11) or Universitair docent 1 (scale 12).

The gross monthly salary will range from €3,637 (start scale 11) to €5,656 (end scale 12), based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week).

The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

  • Prof. Remieg Aerts, Chair of the Department of History, European Studies, and Religious Studies

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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Faculty of Humanities wants to improve the diversity of its research community with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. Applications that contribute to this are particularly encouraged.

Applications, including a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically no later than 5 May 2020 (23:59) to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. F.P. (Fred) Weerman, by using the link below.

Only complete applications received via this link will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of May 2020. A trial lecture will be part of the application procedure. #LI-POST

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