Assistant Professor "Cultural History and Digital Humanities" (Utrecht University)

Assistant Professor "Cultural History and Digital Humanities" (Utrecht University)

Utrecht University
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01.09.2016 -
Joris van Eijnatten

Assistant Professor in Cultural History and Digital Humanities (0.8 FTE)

Job description
The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint an assistant professor in cultural history specialised in digital humanities. Applicants should have a firm grounding in European cultural history and the theory and methodology of digital humanities; they must also have a proven working knowledge of digital humanities tools relevant to the broad historical domain. The assistant professor will be expected to engage with colleagues and students within and outside the cultural history section as well as beyond the department itself.

Research work must complement that of existing staff in the Cultural History group. Applicants should show how their research will contribute to the group’s research focus on Western modernity and to the university’s strategic research area Institutions for Open Societies.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have experience teaching undergraduate students at all levels; a PhD degree in cultural history or a related discipline; ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems and aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting external research funding;
readiness to engage with a wider audience and to assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;ability to play an appropriate role in departmental management and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department.

Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers, and candidates are required to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) within two years if they are not already in possession of one.

Candidates are expected to be proficient in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.

The initial appointment, as from 1 September 2016 at the latest, will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from € 3,400 to € 4,654 for a full time position, consistent with the CAO (Collective Employment Agreement) scale 11 for Dutch Universities. The position carries an initial 70% teaching load.
Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible terms of employment. Conditions are set by the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. More information: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 academic staff. It comprises four areas of knowledge: 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 work environment.

Additional information
A profile description is available at the website of the cultural history group. Enquiries can be made to dr. Jaap Verheul ( and/or prof.dr. Joris van Eijnatten (

Written applications should address each of the criteria mentioned under Qualifications, and include the following documents:
Cover letter;
Curriculum vitae;
Statement of research (max. 2 pages);
Copy of a key publication;
Example of a course syllabus for BA-students;
Two course evaluations;
Names and contact details of two referees.

Please use the application button below to apply. The application deadline is March 25, 2016.

Interviews with selected candidates will take place on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

The application deadline is

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