University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Assistant Professor Position in European or Latin America -Contemporary Illiberal and Authoritarian Regimes – UvA, Netherlands, Apr 2022

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The University of Amsterdam invites applications for an Assistant Professor in European and/or Latin American Studies to provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods, at the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies and Hermetica, the Netherlands – Apr 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: between Aug 01 and Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 12 Months
Salary: 3,821 EURO/Month

Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies and Hermetica

University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of the fields of illiberalism/authoritarianism/contentious politics. You are an Area or Regional Studies specialist, with a disciplinary background in the Humanities or Social Sciences and proven commitment to doing interdisciplinary research. Your primary focus lies with either Europe and its neighbourhood or Latin America, but you are also able to engage with the politics of illiberalism and authoritarianism in other regional contexts.  Your research matches the profile of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES).

You are able to develop and provide modules on contemporary illiberal/authoritarian regimes at the BA and MA levels. Important is the proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile:

  • you hold a PhD in a relevant field, with a research focus on illiberalism, authoritarianism or contentious politics;
  • you maintain an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • you provide research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • you are an active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • you have the demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • you have broad and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level, and an interest in teaching in broad programmes such as European Studies;
  • you have an excellent command of English; if Dutch is not your mother tongue, 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;
  • you have excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • you acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or are willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek an Assistant Professor in European and/or Latin American Studies to provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

The position will be embedded within the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies and Hermetica, in the capacity group European Studies or in the capacity group Latin American Studies (CEDLA).

What are you going to do

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • designing and conducting independent research on illiberalism and/or authoritarianism, including questions of resistance, protest and contestation against illiberal and authoritarian tendencies and regimes, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books. The candidate researches how authoritarian and illiberal regimes subvert and co-opt the democratic and (neo-) liberal order, in Europe and its neighborhood or in Latin America, and the effects of illiberalism on national as well as regional and international politics.  A focus on gender perspectives and/or on contentious politics is welcome, as is attention to the politics of data and the digital;
  • 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 Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies;
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in Bachelor and Master programmes to which the candidate’s profile has affinity, in particular European Studies and/or Latin American Studies; flexibility in teaching, including the ability and willingness to offer courses on topics beyond the own specialisms;
  • 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 carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8338

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 3 April 2022. Applications, including a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, a list of publications and the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation, should be submitted in one .pdf.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held between 11 April and end of May 2022. A trial lecture may be part of the application procedure.

About the Faculty

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.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details


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 contract is for 38 hours a week. Preferred starting date is between 1 August and 1 September 2022.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between €3,821 (scale 11) and €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.

We additionally offer:

  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

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