University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Assistant Professor in Arabic Literature at UvA, Netherlands, May 2022

The Netherlands

Assistant Professor position in the fields of medieval and other historical Arabic literature is available for applicants with doctoral degree at the  Department of Arabic Languages & Cultures, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: 1st November 2022
Contract Period: 12 months (Extension Possible)
Salary: €3,821 to €5,943

Department of Arabic Languages & Cultures

University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details


  • hold a PhD in the fields of Arabic studies/literatures, and/or histories of coloniality, islam, and slavery (and ideally an intersection of multiple of these research domains). Your research aligns with one or more of ASH’s research priority areas (literary history, environmental history, history of slavery, and health humanities);
  • participate in international academic networks;
  • have a strong publication record and will 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 Arabic Literatures and Languages and/or Middle Eastern Studies at BA and MA level;
  • are open to and interested in interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • have an excellent command of Arabic and 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 be willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Job Description

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 looks to strengthen its focus on literary history, environmental history, history of slavery, and health humanities.

The Department of Arabic Languages & Cultures is part of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures (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, including two majors and a Language Acquisition programme that involves the Egyptian dialect. In addition, it runs a one-year taught MA in Middle Eastern Studies and participates in various graduate programmes in the faculty, including the two-year research-oriented RMA Literary Studies.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Designing and conducting independent research on topics in the fields of medieval and other historical Arabic literatures (possible fields of attention include studies of literature and/or medieval histories of inequalities, coloniality, islam, slavery, slave narratives, transcultural transfer, migration, and/or narrativity). 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 the BA and MA programmes in Arabic studies and Middle Eastern Studies of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and in other relevant programmes across the department and/or the BA and MA programmes in history and in European studies of the Department of History and European Studies and in literary studies of the Department of Literary Studies & Linguistics;
  • 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 you have to offer

Alongside an excellent research profile (see below), you are able to develop and provide BA courses, among other options, on Arabic cultural history (600-1600); Quranic StudiesIslamicate ArtMiddle Eastern literatures and/or (standard and/or Egyptian) Arabic language acquisition courses. You will offer research-led elective courses that contribute to the existing BA in Arabic Language and Culture, the MA in Middle Eastern Studies and other relevant BA and MA programmes, and attract students from other disciplines. At the same time, you are flexible in teaching topics beyond your own research focus, willing to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers, and able to offer lectures and classes that appeal to a wide range of students.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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 one-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.

About the Department

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.

About the Employer:


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.

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Contact details

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Ellen Rutten, chair of the department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures

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