Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities

Position Assistant professor Digital Humanities and Cultural History Utrecht University

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/securing 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 € 3,357 to € 4,597 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.

Under the current CAO Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions http://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/terms-of-employment.

Conditions are set by the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. For more information visit Working at Utrecht University http://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university.

About the organization

Utrecht University http://www.uu.nl/en seeks to achieve excellence in teaching and student performance. The university is equally ambitious in its four research themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Utrecht University is committed to community outreach and contributes to answering the social questions of today and tomorrow. The Faculty of Humanitieshttp://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/faculty-of-humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 academic staff. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History http://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/department-of-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 of the cultural history group http://www.uu.nl/en/research/cultural-history is available at the group's website. Enquiries can be made to dr. Jaap Verheul (j.verheulatuu.nl) and/or prof.dr. Joris van Eijnatten (j.vanEijnattenatuu.nl).


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 this link http://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/ApplicationForm.cfm?PortalID=4124&VacatureID=781392 to apply.

Initial interviews may be conducted over Skype. Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed in person in Utrecht.

The application deadline is 14/01/2016

| 09.12.2015