Universiteit van Amsterdam – Assistant Professor in Classics

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies is looking for an assistant professor in Classics.

What are you going to do

You will provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Design and conducting independent research on Greek and/or Latin literature, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective on its role in the context of the ancient world and its reception, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the research activities of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies and of the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (OIKOS);
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in both Dutch and English, in relevant BA and MA programmes;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.


What do we require

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of Greek and/or Latin language and literature, familiarity with the cultural-historical study of the ancient world and its reception, and a strong affinity with theoretical concepts and interdisciplinary approaches in the field of Classics and Ancient Studies. Your research matches the profile of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies.

You are able to develop and provide modules on Greek and/or Latin language and literature, both for students of Classics and in interdisciplinary modules in Ancient Studies, with a a focus on the contribution of textual and literary sources to our understanding of the ancient world more at large. 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 inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile:

  • holds PhD in Classics with a research focus on (post)classical Greek and/or Latin literature;
  • holds an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • provides research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher who has built, or is building, a strong publication record;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • wide and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • excellent command (near-native fluency) of both Dutch and English: Non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years (passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II, is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract);
  • experience with digital and audiovisual audio-visual teaching facilities and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • experienced in valorization valorisation and practice-based education and/or research;
  • good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or is willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for a period of two years with the intention of converting it into a permanent contract after a positive assessment. The ideal starting date of the employment contract is 1 August 2021.

The gross monthly salary, dependent on relevant experience, will range from €3,746 to €5,826, based on 38 hours a week. This is excluding a generous holiday scheme (8%) and year-end bonus (8.3%). A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% rule’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch Universities is applicable.

We additionally offer:

  • the opportunity to collaborate in the interdisciplinary team of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA);
  • excellent library facilities and opportunities for personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Humanities – Department of Philosophy

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of 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. The faculty offers assistant professors the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that – partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach – are world-renowned.

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