Assistant Professor in Cultural History (1.0 FTE) – Universiteit Utrecht

The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint a fulltime Assistant Professor (UD2) in Cultural History

Job description

The Cultural History section within the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor in Cultural History. We are looking for a colleague who has affinity with our interdisciplinary and international approach to cultural history. An interest in transnational cultural connectivity, entanglement, or hybridity is desirable, as is an affinity with knowledge areas such as postcolonialism, knowledge transfer, popular culture, heritage, memory, and public history. You will be expected to contribute to a recently revised undergraduate curriculum, which places Europe in a global perspective.
This is a teaching intensive position (70% teaching – 30% research). Due to a large influx of Dutch-language students, the candidate is expected to be proficient in both Dutch and English.


The candidate we are looking for has:

  • a PhD degree in History or a related discipline;
  • experience teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, including teaching outside your area of expertise;
  • a clear teaching philosophy;
  • an interest to engage with stakeholders and wider audiences to co-create knowledge and to assist in developing the impact of research beyond the university sector;
  • the ability to play a role in the management of the section or the department, and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department;
  • language proficiency in both Dutch and English.

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.

Conditions of employment

This is an appointment of 1,0 FTE for the duration of 1 year. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The minimum gross salary is €3,974 and the maximum gross salary is €5,439 (scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) per month, at a full-time employment.

Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme. More information on working at Utrecht University.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, 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 center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Cultural History is one of the most interdisciplinary groups at the History and Art History department: we are trained as historians, but also bring expertise in archaeology, philosophy, philology, and journalism. Together we study the ways in which people produce culture (through institutions, bodies, and networks), circulate it (through education, books, newspapers, images, and digital media), and reproduce it (through memory practices and heritage politics). Our outlook is international, placing the cultural history of Europe and the Netherlands in a global context of interconnectivity. Our group is clustered in three groups: Uses of the Past (studying the production of heritage and memory in contemporary and past societies), Knowledge Practices (exploring the cultural dimensions and networks defining knowledge production and expertise), and Transcultural Connections (analysing and reflecting on the circulation of culture across the globe and societal impact of (post)colonialism). The group plays a central role in three MA programs and the BA education of the department. We also collaborate with other groups across Utrecht University (e.g., Descartes Centre and Graduate School of Teaching).

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jaap Verheul( or Dr. Pim Huijnen (


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