Assistant Professor in English Literary and Cultural History
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities
Netherlands

Assistant professor in English Literary and Cultural History


Publication date 25 February 2020
Closing date 1 April 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-129

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.

The English Literature Section of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures (MVTC) within the Faculty of Humanities is looking for an Assistant professor with teaching and research interests at the intersection of English literature and cultural history. The research of the candidate will be part of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH).

ASH is one of the five research schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. Candidates may have expertise in any relevant world region and era, but their research should focus on one or more of the following themes: exile, migration, colonialism; history of the humanities; literature and the environment.

The Assistant professor will conduct research within the ASH priority areas, and will be expected to teach courses across different periods of English Literature at both BA and MA levels.

Job description

The candidate should hold a PhD in English Literature, and have a sound track record of research in one or more of the themes mentioned above, namely: exile, migration, colonialism; history of the humanities; and/or literature and the environment.

The ideal candidate will be able to give evidence of collegial teamwork, and in addition to a PhD, international publications, and an international academic network, will have a research profile that speaks directly to the ASH priority areas, and a university teaching track record that coincides with the core curriculum of the English Literature Section. The successful candidate should also have proven flexibility in teaching beyond his or her own immediate research focus, and a willingness to teach in new areas should the department require this.

Tasks:

  • Conducting independent research in the broad area of English literature and history, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably from national and European Research Councils; 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);
  • teaching, coordinating, and developing courses in the English Literature Section of the MVTC;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students;
  • participating in departmental committees and working groups, and carrying out administrative tasks as required.

Requirements

  • PhD in English or relevant degree;
  • 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 of 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 University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or willingness to acquire this within the first two years;
  • a good team worker; versatile at all levels, and 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 thorough knowledge of Dutch and English 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.

Further information

For more information, please contact:

  • Prof. Arjen Versloot, Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures

Employment contract

The contract is initially temporary for a period of two years. Subject to a positive assessment, it will be converted to a permanent contract. The start of the contract is scheduled for 1 August 2020.
The scope of the employment contract is 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE). The UFO profile of assistant professor applies to this position (salary scale 11/12, depending on relevant work experience). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

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 1 April 2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Fred Weerman, by using the link below.

Only complete applications received via this link will be considered.

The interviews will be held on Wednesday 22 April 2020. A trial lecture will be part of the application procedure. #LI-DNP

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