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The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University seeks to appoint an assistant professor (0,7 fte teaching and 0,3 fte research).

The position is attached to the subject area Islamic and Arabic Studies within the Department. The subject area Islamic and Arabic Studies offers a dynamic, research-oriented context with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and curriculum development. Research and teaching in Islamic and Arabic Studies at Utrecht University is carried out in close collaboration with the subject area Religious Studies, as well as with other programmes within the Faculty of Humanities and beyond.

Islamic and Arabic Studies at Utrecht University

Islamic and Arabic Studies at Utrecht University is a growing and ambitious teaching and research unit within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, with a particular strength in wedding the study of Islamic textual traditions with up-to-date teaching and research methods in Islamic Studies and in the broader field of the Study of Religion. We are committed to the Study of Islam as a discipline anchored in cultural studies, with a particular focus on the religious aspects of the Islamic tradition, and on the historical continuities and diverse forms of expression in Islam from its origin in the late-antique Mediterranean to the current, (post-)secular world.

For more information, see the Islam and Arabic research website and the bachelor’s programme Islamic and Arabic Studies (in Dutch only).

Your responsibilities:

teaching at all levels of the BA Islam and Arabic and Religious Studies and the MA programs, as well as in interdisciplinary programs;contributing to the curriculum formation of the BA and MA;developing and/or continuing a line of research that connects to the broader remit of the department’s research and that will result in international publications and the creation of national and international scholarly networks;generating ideas for and preparing research proposals for external funding at national and international level;contributing to the administration and organization of the Department’s teaching and research activities;contributing to the subject area’s joint effort to disseminate its expertise to the public.
Profiela PhD in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies, or in cognate fields such as Religious Studies or Anthropology;research competence in at least one Middle Eastern language, preferably Arabic;an international publication track-record commensurable with the number of years of professional experience since the PhD;ability to situate contemporary Islamic phenomena in a long-term historical perspective and vice-versa, to understand and interpret the historical dimensions of Islam in the light of their contemporary repercussions.

Desirable qualifications:

ability for interdisciplinary work and interest in collaborating with other disciplines in the Humanities and beyond;proven potential for attracting research grants;demonstrated record of excellence in teaching at BA and MA level.

The position is full-time and the initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to excellent performance, this will be followed by a permanent position. The successful candidate will be asked to teach in Dutch two years after the initial appointment.

Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from € 3,324 to € 5,171 for a full time position, consistent with the CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) scale 11 – 12 for Dutch Universities.

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

Over de organisatie

Utrecht University strives for excellence in teaching and study performance. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with respect to four core themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Utrecht University has a strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow.

The Faculty of Humanities has around  seven thousand students and nine hundred staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Aanvullende informatie

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Christian Lange, email


Candidates are invited to send the following materials before May 15, 2015:

Letter of motivation;Names and contact information of two academic referees who might be contacted for a written reference.

Interviews will be held on 5 June 2015. Invited applicants will be asked to provide a short statement of teaching philosophy (max. 2 A4). Please use the application button below.

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