Lecturer in European/East European History

 The capacity group European Studies is looking for a candidate to teach in the bachelor of European Studies, specifically in the majors of European history and of East European Studies. The candidate can also be asked to teach courses in the European Studies more generally or adjacent programmes such as the bachelor of History. The candidate has expertise in the political history of Europe and/or European integration. Your expertise testifies of a clear transnational perspective on the political history of Europe and/or has a distinct international or global focus. clear transnational perspective on the political history of Europe and/or has a distinct international or global focus.


What are you going to do


You contribute to the further development of education in the broad field of European Studies and specifically European History and Eastern European Studies, and develop new initiatives. You provide inspiring lectures and tutorials. Your teaching duties also include supervising theses and contributing to the teaching across the curriculum.


You will participate in the teaching of existing modules on European and transnational political history, such as The Other Europe, Turning Points in Modern European History, National Thought in Europe, and The Ordering of Modern Europe, alongside more specialized courses. There may be an opportunity to teach courses that build on your own expertise in European Studies and European history. Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer lectures and tutorials in the bachelor and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.


Tasks and responsibilities

  • teaching courses within the bachelor European Studies, in cooperation with the staff of the capacity group European Studies;
  • supervising bachelor and master theses;
  • keeping track of relevant scholarship and integrate new insights into teaching;


What do you have to offer


You are a dynamic and ambitious lecturer with a strong international teaching profile. You show that you have a broad knowledge of the political history of Europe (including Eastern Europe) and/or European integration, in particular from a transnational and/or international perspective. You are able to familiarize students with the methods of historical research and source criticism, and you have a strong affinity with transnational and interdisciplinary historical research.


You like to work and teach in an international environment. You are familiar with the challenges posed by teaching in an international and diverse classroom and are interested in further developing the skills that are needed to teach in such a challenging environment.


You are independent and able to cope with pressure, while you are at the same time collegial and are able to work together with others in team.


Your experience and profile

  • PhD in History or any other field relevant to the position;
  • experience with teaching in Bachelor programmes at an academic level, especially in European Studies;
  • experience with digital and audiovisual equipment;
  • affinity with IT in academic education;
  • team spirit and a willingness to participate in activities of the capacity group of European Studies;
  • willing and able to cooperate in multidisciplinary projects;
  • administrative experience and skills;
  • Good command of English; command of Dutch will be considered an advantage;
  • University Teaching Qualification, or willing to acquire this.


International experience as well as the ability to teach in both English and Dutch are an advantage as is previous experience teaching in an international and/or interdisciplinary programme.


What can we offer you


We offer a four-year, 0.8 FTE contract (University Job Classification System profile "Docent 4"). The employment contract is for 30.4 hours a week, but you may opt for working fewer hours per week if desired. Preferred starting date is 1st of October.


The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between € €2.960 to €4.670. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


What else do we offer?

  • excellent possibilities for further professional development and education;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team;
  • the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that - partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach - are world renowned.


About us


The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.


The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of history, language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.


Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.




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Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and CV. You can apply online via the link below. The deadline for applying for this vacancy is 28 August 2022.


Applications should include the following information (submitted in one .pdf):


  • a letter of motivation;
  • a detailed CV including teaching experience and publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.


Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.


The interviews will be held on 2 September 2022.


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.


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