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Assistant Professor Position in Contemporary European History in a Global Context – Utrecht University, May 2022

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The Utrecht University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in contemporary European History in a global context, in the section History of International Relations (HIR) within the Department of History and Art History, 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: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 3821 EURO/Month

Faculty of Humanities

Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD degree in contemporary European history, the history of international relations or a related discipline;
  • experience teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, with a keen interest in teaching innovation, curriculum development and a commitment to thesis and internship supervision in the BA-track and MA-programme 'International Relations in Historical Perspective'. We expect you to be comfortable teaching outside your specific field of expertise;
  • a demonstrated interest to engage with stakeholders and wider audiences to co-create knowledge and to assist in developing the impact of research beyond the university sector;
  • the ability to play an appropriate role in departmental management, thematic hubs and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department;
  • The UU works with the Triple methodology (link), which leads to balanced teams in which there is room for your own strengths, but also for your added value for the team. In this case the Europe in the World hub is looking for a colleague who brings experience and strength in the field of connecting European issues with a global context.

Responsibilities/Job Description

At HIR we study the history of international relations and global configurations of power and politics from an empirically grounded perspective, and with a keen interest in theoretical innovation. The section is organized along three thematic hubs ‘Conflict and Security’, ‘Global and Imperial Relations’ and ‘Europe in the World’, each with their own vibrant intellectual communities. We increasingly work and teach at the cross-sections of these fields, on issues such as peace and diplomacy, but also environmental governance, decolonization, war, violence, terrorism and technology. We value team science, research-informed teaching and jointly run a series of ambitious educational programmes and community engagement learning labs. We aim to be both outspoken and nuanced in our public engagement activities. Ideally, candidates have a demonstrated interdisciplinary interest in both history and international relations and experience in multi-archival research. The thematic hub ‘Europe in the World’ focuses on the history of Europe in its broadest sense as one marked by wars and crises and by phases of international cooperation and even integration. Our aim is to uncover their driving forces by analysing the role of transnational ideas and networks, state and non-state actors, and (multilateral) institutions and policies. In particular we seek to historicise the increased entanglement of national, European and global levels of governance and the actors who moved across them. Currently the Europe in the World group is involved in a range of projects on:

  • multilateralism, both within certain regions, ideological blocs and international organisations as well as between them;
  • European governance of cross-border policy fields in a global context;
  • international diplomacy, foreign policy and European security.

Our research is closely linked to the Bachelor's track and the Master's programme 'International Relations in Historical Perspective'.We are looking for applicants specialized in the field of contemporary European history in a global context with a keen interest in teaching and a specialization that ideally complements our expertise (e.g., global health, migration/displacement, sustainability). Please note that teaching will make up 65% of this full-time position, leaving 35% for research.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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 curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.The letter of motivation should also include a teaching philosophy (1 page max.) and a research statement (1 page max) according to the outlines below.

  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigor; for example as demonstrated with a monograph in review/forthcoming with an internationally respected publisher, and/or an international peer reviewed journal article;
  • a clear teaching philosophy, in which you reflect on your teaching beliefs and practices, and what skills and knowledge you bring to an education team;
  • an innovative research theme and strategy, posing innovative and pressing questions related to the field of contemporary European history in a global context, and/or aiming to contribute to team science, engaging in interdisciplinary/international research projects, and aiming for publications in leading journals, with the potential for attracting external research funding.

Interviews will take place in person if possible at all. Please note that interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 in Utrecht. The preferred starting date is 1 August 2022.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Humanities   external linkhas 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 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 center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

About the Employer:


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for a period of one year with the prospect of permanence after a positive evaluation. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,821 and €5,230 (scale 11 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  external link (multiple choice model). For more information: working at Utrecht University  

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact:Laurien Crump  external link(Associate Professor in the History of International Relations), via [email protected]  external link.

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