Assistant Professor Economic History and International Relations EUR (deadline 14 February 2018)

Job description

Education (60 percent)|
The candidate is expected to perform teaching and supervising tasks in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in history. These multidisciplinary programmes aim to develop an understanding of present societies through courses about global history, economic and business history, international relations and socio-cultural history. Students explore both the uniqueness of certain events and long-term patterns. Courses on theory and methods further ensure that they become aware of different approaches and methods in the historical discipline. Electives on urban history, business history of fashion, text & context, and historical games prepare students to analyse modern society as a highly qualified graduate with broad academic knowledge. Rotterdam’s unique approach to history is clearly visible in years 2 and 3 of the multidisciplinary Bachelor’s programme and the Master History of Society. Since 2017 the history department collaborates in an Erasmus Mundus Programme with the Universities of Glasgow, Barcelona and Göttingen. The Assistant Professor will also be involved in this international programme.

Research (40 percent)
The Chair Economic History and International Relations focuses on processes of regional economic integration and transnational relations. While in the 19th and 20th centuries politicians were often nationalistic, companies became multinational or had intense international relations. The aim of this programme is to analyse the tension between these two developments, including the history of economic and political integration and disintegration. Linked with that is the question why certain economic activities became important in specific economic regions and then disappeared again. The research combines applied economic theory and theories of international relations with qualitative and quantitative history, and geographical information systems. The candidate’s research focus has to fit within this programme.


  • A PhD degree in History or closely related discipline.
  • A broad knowledge and mastery of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • International publications in the field of Economic History and International Relations.
  • Proven experience with qualitative and quantitative research into the Creative Industries.
  • Prior teaching experience and the proven ability to inspire students.
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written Dutch and English.
  • Non-Dutch speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).
  • Strong team-playing, organizational and communication skills.
  • Management skills.
  • Experience in international academic settings.

We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. This means that we are looking for a person who can complement our team well.

Conditions of employment
Employment starts August 1, 2018. The initial contract will be running for a term of 1 year, which – depending on performance – will be extended for an indefinite duration.

The conditions of employment correspond with the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) of the Dutch Universities. Salary is subject to training and experience and corresponds to Scale 12 (CAO NU), with a minimum of €4.210,- and maximum €5.405,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract.

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek.

Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam
Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in a professional environment, where development is encouraged through an active career and mobility policy. The Erasmus University Rotterdam highly appreciates flexibility: we have a 38-hour workweek, flexible working hours, possibilities to work part-time, and maternal/paternal leave. Moreover, the University has a company childcare scheme, possibilities to participate in a terms of employment option model, company savings program and life insurance schemes and favourable collective insurance schemes. Employees can also make use of facilities such as sports facilities and library.

Contract type: Temporary, 1 year, which – depending on performance – will be extended for an indefinite duration


Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication includes the Departments of History, Media and Communication and Arts and Culture Studies Erasmus University. The ESHCC offers high-quality education, based on academic research, at the interface between the Humanities and the Social Sciences. We educate our ambitious Dutch and international students in a stimulating learning environment. After having completed their studies, our students have acquired knowledge, insight and skills that enable them to make an important and inspiring contribution to a society that is becoming increasingly more international and in which diversity plays a major role. The ESHCC is home to more than 1.700 students and some 230 faculty and staff members.

Additional information
Additional information can be obtained through one of the following links: About the Erasmus University Rotterdam

About the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Prof.dr.H.A.M. Klemann or Prof.dr.B.Wubs

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