Assistant Professor in Political History (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University - Department of History and Art History

Job description
Would you like to join the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University? We seek to appoint an assistant professor in political history. The political history group studies political and social relations from the early modern period until the present day, including such topics as political reform, regime change, revolutions, wars and genocidal violence. The group has a particular interest in long-term developments and connects the past with present-day political issues.

We are looking for applicants specialised in modern or contemporary European political history, ideally with a focus on comparative or transnational dimensions. Your research work will complement that of existing staff in the political history group and will further contribute to the group’s research focus. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The position carries a 70% teaching load and 30% research time.


You will have

  • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduate students at all levels;
  • a PhD degree in history;
  • the ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research that is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
  • a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems and aiming for publications in leading journals and holding the promise of winning external funding for research;
  • readiness to engage with non-academic research users and you will assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;
  • the ability to play an important role in departmental management and you will contribute fully to the academic life of the department.

Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers and candidates are required to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), if they are not already in possession of one.

Candidates are expected to be versatile in both Dutch and English. Non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.                   

You will be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Subject to excellent performance, the initial appointment of one year will be followed by a permanent position. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from € 3,475 to € 4,757 ((scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position. In the position you’ll carry an initial 70% teaching load.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). You’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University here.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, colleagues from various disciplines collaborate intensively on major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 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 teaching 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. Enthusiastic and committed faculty members and excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

A profile description of the political history group is available at Enquiries can be made to Dr. Christianne Smit (


Are you interested and would you like to apply? Then send your written application that address each of the criteria should include the following documents:

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • statement of research (max. 1000 words);
  • a copy of a key publication;
  • an example of a course syllabus for BA-students;
  • names and contact details of two referees.

Please go to to apply. Initial interviews may be conducted over Skype. Candidates who make the shortlist, will be interviewed in person in Utrecht. The interviews will be scheduled in February 2018.    

The application deadline is

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