Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities and Society (Tenure Track)

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Jun 2023

The Department of Art and Culture, History, and Antiquity at the Faculty of Humanities, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, welcomes applications from specialists in the field of Digital Humanities and Society. We are looking for a new colleague who can support and help expand our teaching programme in Digital Humanities, while strengthening the interrelations between the arts, media and history research groups. 

The successful candidate will have a proven capacity in researching culture and media through the lens of digital methods, preferably with a focus on (audio)visual and textual data and digital cultural heritage. They are experienced in using and teaching digital methods but also critically reflect on the broader impact of digitization and Artificial Intelligence on society, and on teaching and research in the humanities. 

Your duties 

The successful candidate will participate in our Digital Humanities minor (e.g. the Introduction to Digital Humanities course) and teach digital knowledge in BA Programmes such as Media, Art, Design & Architecture or (Global) History. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following fields:

  • Digital cultural heritage, archival research and / or media studies.
  • Interrelation between textual & visual data
  • Digital (humanities) methods & approaches
  • Digital hermeneutics and critical data analysis
  • Social context of digital media


  • PhD in the Humanities (e.g. in Cultural History, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural Heritage, or other relevant discipline)
  • outstanding research potential (evidenced by a publication record appropriate to career stage)
  • demonstrated knowledge of the Digital Humanities, Digital Archives & Curation of Data
  • proven familiarity with computational methods in the Humanities
  • proven capacity for and interest in critical reflection on Datafication in Humanities (or society at large)
  • an interdisciplinary research attitude and interest in building bridges between Media Studies and Cultural History and between the Humanities and Computer Sciences
  • teaching experience (a teaching qualification such as the BKO is desirable)
  • excellent written and spoken English and (preferably) Dutch. Candidates without Dutch proficiency are expected to learn Dutch within two years.
  • ability to work in a team 

What are we offering?

We offer a Tenure-Track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years. 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 400 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students. 

The VU offers a unique research climate, which strongly supports inter- and transdisciplinary research. The candidate can join the Network Institute, the interfaculty research institute building bridges between the humanities and computational sciences. Within the interfacultary research institute CLUE+, the candidate can connect to research groups such as ?Medical & Environmental Humanities?, ?Globalisation, Capitalisation, Capitalism?, or ?Knowledge in Context?. Furthermore, the Faculty of Humanities plays an active role in the VU core theme ?Connected world?. 


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until June 9, 2023. 

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed. 

Vacancy questions

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

Name: Professor Inger Leemans

Position: Full professor


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