Trainee Lecturer in European Policy and European Integration (deadline 24 May 2018)

European Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a large and highly successful academic department which operates as a hub for interdisciplinary research on Europe, and provides exciting and popular degree programmes at BA and MA level to over 1,000 students. It successfully connects research and teaching in History, Culture, Politics, Law, and Economics, and focuses both on the EU and on a wider Europe, broader in both time and space.

The BA programme (taught in separate Dutch and English tracks) consists of interdisciplinary core modules like European Integration and National Thought, alongside disciplinary specialisms (Majors) in European History, Culture, East European Studies, European Law, and Economics. There is a close degree of co-operation in all the programmes between historians, culture and literature specialists, social scientists, lawyers, economists. Details of the BA and MA programmes can be found at Education European Studies.

There is a strong and vibrant research culture in European Studies, which is located in the Faculty’s Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES). Individual and small-group research is encouraged and facilitated, including frequent seminars, conferences, funding opportunities and regular research interaction with colleagues across the range of disciplines.

The Faculty of Humanities offers its lecturers many opportunities to teach in a dynamic, research-led context in which exciting new educational methods are being developed.

You will be supervised closely during the first year of your appointment. Additional didactical training is also part of the appointment. Based on the candidate’s educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration. The introductory programme may include earning the ‘basic training qualification’ (BKO).

Job description
A fixed-term, two-year appointment to carry out teaching duties in European Policy and European Integration in the Bachelor and Masters programmes for the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20.

We offer the position as an experience place for a temporary teaching position for recently promoted young academics. The teaching staff focuses on candidates who wish to acquire teaching experience in an academic environment. During their appointment, the candidates go through a professionalization process that supports them in their professional, didactic and academic development.

You must hold a degree in European Studies, History, Politics, International Relations or another relevant field and should have demonstrable working knowledge of contemporary European policy-making and the politics and history of European integration. We consider practical experience with or within EU institutions an advantage. Expertise is required to teach courses such as European Integration, the Contemporary European Union, and advanced courses on European policy and European integration (including those with a field-based component), as well as more general courses in European Studies, e.g. research methods or Philosophy of the Humanities, and Turning Points in Modern European History. Incidental teaching in the MA is also expected.


  • Provision of teaching in English and Dutch, in the BA programme, in the area of expertise; incidental teaching, under supervision, in the MA programme;
  • supervising BA theses;
  • keeping track of relevant scholarship and integrate new insights into teaching;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

We expect you to have a relevant background in the field of teaching and a proven interest in European Studies, preferably with experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment. We will consider interest and experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching an advantage.

Credentials required:

  • PhD recently obtained, in a relevant research field;
  • some teaching experience;
  • willingness to acquire the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO);
  • affinity with ICT in university teaching; some experience of digital and audiovisual teaching facilities is an advantage;
  • a good team worker
  • good organizational experience and skills;
  • good command of both English and Dutch; able to teach in English. The ability to teach in Dutch is an advantage.

Further information
For further information, you may contact:

The appointment will be temporary for two years and will start on 1 August or 1 September 2018. The UFO profile for this position is Docent 4 (scale 10). The gross monthly salary will range from €2,588 to €4,084, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week) depending on relevant teaching experience. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

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.

Your application should include a full academic CV and letter of motivation. Please submit your complete application no later than 24 May 2018 using the link on the university webpage.

Paper versions of your resume and cover letter will not be taken into consideration. Interviews and possibly a trial lecture/seminar will be held in the weeks between 4 June and 22 June 2018.

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