Assistant Professor History of International Relations (1.0 FTE)

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Assistant Professor History of International Relations (1.0 FTE)

Job description

This vacancy is part of a broad recruitment campaign. Utrecht University's Faculty of Humanities is looking for more than 40 talented and passionate assistant professors. Based on their subject matter expertise, they will contribute to strengthening our interdisciplinary education and its connection with urgent social themes.
We are looking for two assistant professors to join the History of International Relations section. This is a position that includes 60% teaching and 40% research time. The section is organised in three thematic clusters: ‘Conflict and Security’, ‘Global and Imperial Relations’ and ‘Europe in the World’. We especially welcome applicants working at the cross-section of these themes. We seek to expand our expertise in teaching and research on the following themes: Colonial and (Trans)Imperial History; Identity and Citizenship in a Globalizing World; Post-Conflict/Disaster Reconstruction; and to expand our temporal and geographical scope. Ideally, candidates have a demonstrated interdisciplinary interest in both International History and IR/Conflict Studies and experience in archival research.
We are looking for colleagues who find it interesting and challenging to teach and conduct research within more than one disciplinary and institutional context. Such a cross-boundary perspective is most successful and satisfying when working from a specialisation. We are therefore looking for colleagues who unite a subject specialisation with a discipline-transcending perspective and who can give shape to multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary team teaching and team science from a specific subject expertise within and between the broad domains of Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Cultural Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication (or who want to develop further in this).


We are looking for colleagues who:

  • have teaching and research expertise in the domain of Global/International History, IR and/or Conflict Studies and are willing to teach beyond their specialism;
  • hold a completed PhD in History, IR, Conflict Studies or a related discipline;
  • have a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link that domain in teaching and/or research with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
  • have an open attitude and are able to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
  • are interested in team teaching and team science to address social issues.

Candidates are expected to be able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment.
All our assistant professors have obtained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ, in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The BKO is recognized by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment.
(Personal) leadership and responsibility are part of your job. That is why you recognise yourself in the following core values that are central to the Faculty of Humanities: professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connection and safety. These core values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and to others. Read more about our core values and how they translate into concrete behaviour.
Candidates with affinity, experience and/or appealing research and educational plans in the field of the following social issues are particularly invited to respond:

  • Human artificial intelligence - Responsible design and use of AI applications, digitisation and technology;
  • Cultural heritage and identity - Material and intangible heritage;
  • Languages and cultures - Language variation, literacy and inclusion in the digital society - Multilingualism, transculturality and second language acquisition in education and organisations; and
  • (in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance) Prosperity, participation and citizenship in a digital world - Communication, information and social inequality.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The allocation is permanently set to 40% research and 60% teaching. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% free space that will not be scheduled. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions , including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University .
Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE model; this makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes . Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed , contribute to an inspiring working environment.
You will be based at the section History of International Relations (HIR). Jointly the fifty staff members are responsible for a series of educational programmes: the MA programme International Relations in Historical Perspective, and the MA programme Conflict Studies and Human Rights; the IR track within the BA programme History; and the minors Conflict Studies and International Relations. In addition, we contribute to general courses in the BA History and collaborate with colleagues in other programmes (e.g. the minor Middle East). We value research-informed teaching and team science. The section is organised in three thematic clusters 'Europe in the World', 'Global and Imperial Relations', and 'Conflict and Security'. Increasingly, we work and teach at the cross-sections of these fields, on issues such as decolonization, polarization, war and technologies, and global environmental governance. HIR connects the past with present-day issues in our teaching, research and public engagement activities. We seek to diversify the thematic, geographical and temporal scope of the section.

Additional information

Would you like to know more about this position? Then contact Liesbeth van de Grift (Chair History of International Relations) via .
Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff .

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
To apply, please send your application via the 'apply' button. We would like to receive the following information with your application:
  • your motivation letter;
  • your CV and publication list;
  • a concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of the section History of International Relations (max. 400 words);
  • a concise teaching plan, articulating your ideas and any questions about the development of your teaching over the next few years (max. 400 words).

Job interviews will take place at March16th (first round) and March 30th (second round) in Utrecht. An online interview, a trial course or an assessment may be part of the application procedure. The start date is 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The application deadline is
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