Professor of Contemporary History of Europe

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

Publication date
29 November 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€5,582 to €8,127 gross per month
Closing date
28 January 2019
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language, history, and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutions in the capital city. Almost 1,000 employees are affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students. The Faculty of Humanities consists of eight departments.

Job description

Context and profile

The Professor's research is on the contemporary history of Europe. Possible focus areas include (but are not limited to): transnational histories of political thought and movements; histories of European integration; history of international relations; comparative political history; social and economic history of Europe.

The professor will lead the Modern European History chair group which at the moment comprises of ten colleagues, at teacher/docent, assistant professor and associate professor levels, with backgrounds in European history, European politics and European economics. The capacity group of European Studies is part of the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies (GER), and responsible for the BA and MA programmes in European Studies. The European Studies capacity group includes four chair groups: the Modern European History group that the professor will lead, European Governance, Modern European Literature, as well as East European Studies. The chair of the capacity group of European Studies rotates among the four professors/chair group leaders; equally rotating among GER staff are the GER Department chair, the research school ARTES, and the teaching directorship for European Studies.

There are approximately 1,000 students enrolled in European Studies programmes. The three years BA programme (taught in separate Dutch and English tracks) consists of interdisciplinary first-year core modules, including courses such as European Integration, Turning Points in European History, European Literary History, as well as The Other Europe (on the restructuring of Europe after 1989). Students then major in our five disciplinary specialisms: European History, European Economics, European Law, European Culture, East European Studies, and Literature and Culture; they also study one foreign language. The one year MA has four tracks, namely Governing Europe, European Policy, Identity and Integration, and East European Studies. There is a strong cooperation in all programmes between historians, political scientists, legal scholars, economists, geographers, and literature specialists. Details can be found at European Studies.

The professor will support the HRM of the Modern European History group (career development, professionalization, coordination); together, the team is responsible for maintaining and updating specific parts of the ES programme, including BA core modules, the majors in European history and economy, as well the respective MA tracks. The professor's teaching takes prominent positions in these clusters. We also expect cooperation with other programmes in the Department (e.g. History) and beyond, as well as a readiness to take on administrative responsibilities at Departmental or Faculty level.

The chair’s research should engage with some of the principal thematic areas of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), the relevant research school, as part of the wider Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The chair is also expected to take a leading role in the interdisciplinary and interfaculty Amsterdam Centre for European Studies. Moreover, the chair is expected to contribute to outreach and valorization, with the willingness to engage in societal and media debates on contemporary European issues.


Candidates for the position are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • hold a PhD in European history or a related field;
  • have an excellent international academic reputation and publication record in European Studies, European history, or the history of international relations or movements;
  • are experienced and enthusiastic teachers at all levels of academic training;
  • have experience in developing teaching programmes at BA and MA levels;
  • can show a track record of acquiring external research funding;
  • have experience in the supervision of PhD projects and junior researchers;
  • have an extensive national and international network with academic, political and cultural institutions;
  • have experience with collaborative projects and is able to establish productive connections with other academic disciplines within as well as outside the department;
  • are able to contribute to knowledge exchange in public as well as academic settings;
  • have proven excellent management and leadership qualities, and is a capable and enthusiastic administrator.

All foreign employees appointed at the Faculty of Humanities are expected to have a good command of both written and spoken Dutch within two years.

Please also check the document Information about chairs at the Faculty of Humanities.

Further information

For further details, interested parties may contact:


The appointment will be permanent. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2, between €5,582 and €8,127 gross per month (€77,902 to €113,420 per annum, including 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end of year payment) on a full-time basis in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.  In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Candidates are invited to submit a letter of application in Dutch or English no later than Monday, 28 January 2019, accompanied with a CV and a list of publications. The application should be addressed to The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Fred Weerman, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam and may be sent in pdf-form by email to Mr Hotze Mulder. Please indicate vacancy number 18-711 in the subject field.

Applications will be received by a selection committee headed by Prof. Thomas Vaessens. Following a procedure which may involve a formal leadership assessment and a public trial lecture, the committee will make its final recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

Important dates: the selection committee will review the applications on Tuesday 5 February 2019; on Thursday 7 February 2019 at the latest, candidates will be notified whether they are invited for a first round interview. First round interviews will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2019. Second round interviews and public trial lectures will be held on Thursday 11 April 2019. #LI-DNP

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