UvA | Lecturer Cultural History (docent 4)

Job description

You will be working at the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies, more specifically at the European Studies, which comprises various chair groups responsible for the Bachelor and MA degrees of European Studies. You can find the full curriculum here.

What are you going to do?
You will be teaching work groups and seminars in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in European Studies.

Tasks and responsibilities
Under the supervision of a lecturer or senior lecturer, you will be teaching mostly in the BA programme European Studies, which has several tracks; you will be teaching groups in various tracks, including those related to cultural studies and cultural history.

Your main tasks will be:

  • teaching seminars and work groups, offering tutorials;
  • attending meetings and lectures, preparing for teaching, updating and translating course materials or assignments and selecting teaching methods, in consultation with colleagues and the senior lecturer;
  • marking assignments, theses and papers, providing input on tests and test questions and entering marks;
  • coordinating practical matters around your own teaching working group (such as handling administrative matters and communicating with students);
  • providing individual supervision to students (mentoring, coaching and supervising internships).


You are active in the research field of cultural history, and can communicate about this field accessibly and clearly. You are interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research.You are enthusiastic about teaching, and you have a keen eye for the diverse backgrounds and specific needs of students. You can handle a considerable work load in teaching, which is sometimes unevenly split over the semester.

Your experience and profile

  • You have an MA degree in a relevant discipline;
  • You have attained the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If you do not yet have the UTQ, you will be obliged to take part in the UTQ track.
  • You are pedagogically/didactically competent (able to cater to students’ starting situation, to teach a curriculum that has already been developed, to supervise students and to make an active contribution in meetings with fellow lecturers).
  • You have a good command of the Dutch language or are willing to learn Dutch.
  • You are able to teach in English.

Preference will be given to candidates with some experience in teaching.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary employment contract for a period of four years with a probationary period of two months. The employment contract is for 30,4 hours a week. Preferred starting date is 01 January 2024.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between € 3.226 to € 5.090. 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 training and development opportunities, including participation in our Lecturer Development Programme and time reserved for professional development;
  • attaining the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ);
  • a position in which taking initiative and providing input are greatly appreciated;
  • the opportunity to take and pass the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language (NT2), programme II;
  • an enthusiastic and supportive team eager to welcome new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international work environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Humanities

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 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 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.

Additional information

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