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Assistant professor of Sociology

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

Assistant professor of Sociology
Publication date 4 November 2020
Closing date 30 November 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,746 to €5.127 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-666

Are you a promising early-career scholar, with a thematic profile on inequality, institutions and life courses, and with a strong commitment to teaching and research? The Department of Sociology has an opening for an Assistant professor of Sociology. The assistant professor will focus on sociology in general and the study of inequalities, institutions, life courses and quantitative research methods in particular. Your thematic profile includes one or more of the following: labour markets, social stratification, social networks, (welfare state) institutions, migration, ethnic inequality, climate/sustainability, housing & neighborhoods, digital society, public and political attitudes, health, life course, family.

You will be embedded in the programme group Institutions, Inequalities, and Life courses (IIL). Members of this programme group examine institutions in a broad way as the formal and informal rules and arrangements in society that govern individual behavior and social relationships. They study how institutions, such as welfare state regulations and policies, impact social stratification over the life course, in education, the labour market, family relationships, and health. Categories of stratification that are typically studied are social class, ethnic and migration background and gender.

The IIL programme mostly uses quantitative methods and data, such as (longitudinal) survey data, register data, (field)experimental data, big data, social network data and macro data, often using an internationally comparative perspective. An important objective of the IIL group is to invest in the collection, development, enrichment, and dissemination of cross-national, longitudinal and (field)experimental data.

What will you be doing?

You will be actively contributing to the department, its teaching programs, the research group, the interdisciplinary centres, and so forth.

The post will require you:

  • to contribute to the broad and diverse teaching and research profile of sociology in Amsterdam by educational initiatives and publishing and participating in national and international research networks;
  • to teach courses in the field of sociology tailored to meet societal demand and the needs of students;
  • to teach courses in quantitative research methods and statistics;
  • to develop, carry out and supervise empirical sociological research at a high academic level, develop a line of research fitting in the programme group, department and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR);
  • to be actively involved in the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS);
  • to acquire and help to acquire external funding for research;
  • to engage in activities in the public sphere and in other arenas outside academia;
  • to carry out administrative tasks.

What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a PhD degree in sociology or a related discipline;
  • affinity with the field of sociology;
  • a proven record of high-quality teaching. Also a commitment to teaching general and specialist courses in the BSc and MSc programs in Sociology and in the interdisciplinary Research Master Social Sciences;
  • research experience in quantitative empirical research connected to the priorities of the Programme Group Institutions, Inequalities and Life Courses, as exemplified in publications in internationally peer reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized press;
  • the potential to acquire research funding from external sources;
  • adequate knowledge of Dutch, or the willingness to develop a working proficiency in Dutch language within two years.

You are:

  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or Senior Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalents), or willing to acquire such a qualification on a fairly short term.

Further information

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Our offer

The position will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of three years, with conditions for a tenured position agreed upon at the time of hiring. The preferred starting date is 1 January 2021. Based on a full-time employment contract (38 hours a week), the gross monthly salary will range from €3,746 to € 5,127 (scale11) depending on relevant work experience and qualifications. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for ongoing study and development. 

What else can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) is the largest social-science educational and research institution in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves around 9,000 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programs in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Human Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, International Development Studies and Educational Sciences. The academic staff is employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,200 employees at the Faculty, located in a number of buildings in the center of Amsterdam.

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.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive:

  • a concise statement of motivation (800 words max.);
  • a statement outlining your teaching philosophy and reflecting on previous teaching evaluations (800 words max.);
  • a statement outlining your research plans (800 words max.);
  • names and addresses of two referees;
  • your CV and list of publications.

All documents should be collected and sent as one single pdf document. At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing.

You may apply online by clicking on the link below. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020.
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