Assistant Professor Heritage Studies

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Are you an experienced researcher in Heritage Studies? Would you like to contribute to our research and education on heritage and landscape transformations? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).


Job description

As an assistant professor Heritage Studies at VU, you strengthen our research and education within the Department or Arts, History and Antiquity (AHA). We are part of the Faculty of Humanities. Do you have a broad, interdisciplinary interest and an international profile? Do you participate in widely branched, interdisciplinary, international research networks? Then we would like to get to know you. We especially appreciate project-based research. We value a critical heritage studies approach and a focus on the role of heritage in spatial design and landscape transformations.

Our chair group focuses on the analysis of the relation between heritage processes and pressing societal challenges, ranging from energy transition to inclusiveness and multiculturalism. Special attention goes out to the study of spatial transformations that accompany these challenges. We do so in the context of the interdisciplinary research institute CLUE+: a highly successful and accessible platform for research cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Our educational ambition is to empower a new generation of academics and professionals. Their skills can guide transdisciplinary strategies for regenerating heritage landscapes. To that aim we combine a societally engaged research agenda with internationally and nationally visible training programmes on BA, MA and PhD level. As an example, we
currently coordinate the EU H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network Heriland. Cultural Heritage and the Planningof European Landscapes ( ). We also collaborate with a range of (inter-) national partners.

As an assistant professor Heritage Studies, you make a significant contribution to the research in our group. We value teamwork and are looking for someone who appreciates contributing to the team. Your expertise and research add major value to our research group! You also teach in the MA program in Heritage Studies ( )  and the BA program on Media, Art, Design, and Architecture. Courses to teach and develop involve academic core courses (academic skills etc.), interdisciplinary content and theory courses offered to students of all tracks of our BA program, and courses taught explicitly for the MA-program Heritage Studies.

Your duties

  • you create a stimulating educational environment for students of all levels and backgrounds (bachelor, master, PhD)
  • you conduct innovative research (within the interfaculty research institute CLUE+) and publish in the relevant national and international scientific media
  • you collaborate with your colleagues on the further development of the chair group and its networks
  • you are active in the application and acquisition of external research grants, both individually and in cooperation with colleagues

  • a completed dissertation in a discipline with an evident relevance to our chair group
  • a publication record fitting the stage of your career, preferably including a monograph (or monograph under review) and/or peer reviewed articles
  • teaching experience at BA and MA level, supported by good evaluations. You have a Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or willing to obtain it within the foreseeable future
  • high-level proficiency in academic English, including the ability to lecture in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking) 
  • good proficiency in Dutch (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking). If not, you are committed to learn within two years
  • you have a strong interest and experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching, at the interface between critical heritage, spatial heritage and design studies 
  • you have the potential to obtain research grants

What are we offering?

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years starting 1 September 2023. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3.974 (scale 11) and a maximum of € 5.439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system: Assistant Professor 2 and is vacant for 1.0 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until  3/03/2023. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. G.J. Burgers
Position: Professor of the history and heritage of Cultural Landscapes and Urban Environments

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