Assistant Professor Contemporary Approaches to Pre-1800 Literatures: English

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You will be teaching historical literature in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative pedagogy and research-led education. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies (ASH), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research . ASH represents and fosters the study of the human past from Antiquity to the present day. It brings together more than 200 academics from Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, who participate in ca. 25 research groups.

The English Department sits within the Department of Modern and Foreign Languages (MVTC) in the Faculty of Humanities. It is located in the historical centre of Amsterdam, and home to scholars with a diverse range of research and teaching interests. It offers a three-year BA programme taught entirely in English, with a special focus on English as a world language and world literatures in English. In addition, it runs a one-year taught MA in English Literature and Culture and participates in various graduate programmes in the faculty, including the two-year research-oriented MA Literary Studies.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Designing and conducting independent research on topics in the field of literatures in English from and about the British mainland and its expanding empire, with special attention to the long eighteenth century, and relating to one or more of the following ASH priority areas: race and colonialism; global early modernity; gender and sexuality studies; medical/health/environmental humanities. This research will result 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 ASH, including strengthening the literary history profile of the school and developing and/or supporting an interdisciplinary research group;
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in English at all levels of the programme, in both the Bachelor and Master, including the new first-year course English Literature 3: The Long Eighteenth Century course and contributing to other historical literature courses;
  • supervising Bachelor and Master 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 otherwise engaging in departmental administrative tasks.

What do we require

Alongside an excellent research profile (see below), you are able to develop and provide courses on literatures in English from before 1800, including those which address the increasingly globalised British Empire. You will teach on BA courses, including a newly created English Literature 3: The Long Eighteenth Century course, and will offer research-led elective courses that contribute to the existing BA and MA English programmes and attract students from other disciplines. At the same time, you are flexible in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus (for instance, on the BA courses English Literature 1: Genres , Texts and Contexts and English Literature 2: Medieval and Early Modern Literature , and in BA and MA courses devoted to English and comparative literary and cultural history), willing to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers, and able to offer lectures and classes that appeal to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile


  • hold a PhD in English Literature with a research focus in English literatures of the long eighteenth century;
  • conduct research that aligns with one or more of ASH’s research priority areas named above;
  • participate in international academic networks;
  • have a strong publication record and produce research output of international standing, including peer-reviewed articles, books, chapters etc., as well as work of broader public interest;
  • demonstrate ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • have broad and relevant teaching experience in English Literature at BA and MA level;
  • are open to and interested in interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • have an excellent command of English. If you are not fluent in Dutch, an active and passive command must be acquired within two years of the employment contract and the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II must be passed;
  • have experience with digital and audiovisual teaching facilities and IT in university teaching;
  • have excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • hold the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or are willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Our offer

We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months. The employment is for 38 hours per week.  The preferred starting date is 1 November 2022.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between €3,821 (scale 11) to €5,943 (scale 12) dependent on relevant experience. 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.

We additionally offer:

  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 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.

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Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact the chair of the committee, Prof. dr. G.A. Wiegers via .

Job Application

If you feel the profile fits you and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the link below. The deadline for applying for this vacancy is 12 May 2022. 

Applications, including a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, a list of publications and the names and email addresses of two references, should be submitted in a single PDF document.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of May-June 2022. A trial lecture may be part of the application procedure.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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