Assistant professor of Political and Legal Governance of the EU
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities – Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies

Assistant professor of Political and Legal Governance of the EU
Faculty of Humanities – Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies

Working at the UvA

Assistant professor of Political and Legal Governance of the EU

Publication date 11 June 2019

Closing date 25 August 2019

Level of education PhD

Hours 30,4 hours per week

Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Vacancy number 19-376


European Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a large and highly successful academic department that connects research and teaching in Law, Economics, Culture, History and Politics, and focuses both on the EU and on a wider Europe, broader in both time and space.


There is a strong and vibrant research culture in European Studies, which is located in the Faculty’s Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES). Individual and small-group research is encouraged and facilitated, including frequent seminars, conferences, funding opportunities and regular research interaction with colleagues both in European Law and across our range of disciplines.


In teaching, the BA programme (taught in separate Dutch and English tracks) consists of interdisciplinary core modules like European Integration, Turning Points in European History and European Literary History, alongside disciplinary specialisms (Majors) in European Law, Economics, History, East European Studies and Literature and Culture. The MA programme has four separate streams, including modules on aspects of European governance. There is a close degree of co-operation in all the programmes between historians, lawyers, economists, and literature specialists.


More information about European Studies teaching and research programmes on our website.


The Faculty of Humanities offers assistant professors many opportunities to collaborate with leading researchers, and to teach in a dynamic context in which exciting new educational methods are being developed.


Together with other new assistant professors you will participate in a comprehensive introductory programme. 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 'basic teaching qualification' (BKO).


Job description

As Assistant professor in Political and Legal Governance of the EU you will be expected to provide teaching in the broad area of contemporary European studies in first-year introductory courses, advanced bachelor courses, and at the MA level. Teaching duties may include broad-ranging courses on EU institutions and EU law, as well as more specialized courses with a possible focus on: the EU internal market, fundamental rights, EU migration law, as well as EU external relations and international security. Experience and affinity with teaching in an interdisciplinary programme will be considered an advantage.

Successful candidates will be expected to be active researchers, with a well-developed international publication record and research that engages with one of the themes of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) with which you will be affiliated. The School’s research is focused on three broad areas: European Identities, Institutions/Governance/Governmentalities, and Europe and the World. European Studies also participates in the Faculty research priority area ‘Cultural Heritage and Identity’. You should be able to bring your research experience to the classroom and the supervision of BA and MA students.



  • Conducting independent research in Political and Legal Governance of the EU /or European Studies, resulting in academic publications;
  • pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils;
  • contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation in your area of specialty;
  • the development, coordination and provision of teaching in the BA and MA programmes, in the area of European governance and European Law;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and coaching students;
  • an active contribution to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes, regarding didactics and the contents of the programmes, and their evaluation;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.



The candidate must hold a PhD degree in a pertinent discipline and demonstrable research and teaching experience in the broad area of political and legal governance of the EU. Interest and experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching will be considered an advantage.


Credentials required:

  • university degree, and PhD in a relevant discipline;
  • an international research network in the research area concerned;
  • research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • wide experience of different forms and levels of delivering university teaching, at BA and MA level;
  • the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO, or foreign equivalent), or willingness to acquire this within a relatively short time-frame;
  • 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;
  • good organizational experience and skills;
  • excellent command of English and willingness to learn Dutch.


Further information

For further information you may contact:

  • Dr Peter-Wim Zuidhof, Departmental Teaching Coordinator



The appointment will be temporary for four years. The appointment will commence preferably on 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible after that date, but no later than 1 January 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 appointment (38 hours a week).
The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


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.

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 25 August 2019 to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Fred Weerman, by using the link below.

Interviews will be held the week of 16 September 2019. Trial lectures/seminars will be held in the two weeks after the interview week.  #LI-DNP

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