Two Assistant Professors In Contemporary Political History (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University


August 9, 2021


Two Assistant Professors in Contemporary Political History (1.0 FTE)

Job description

We are looking for applicants specialized in contemporary political history, who can contribute to teaching and research, as well as the organisation and outreach of the section of Political History within the Department of History and Art History. We welcome applicants working in the field of political history in the broadest sense. Desired fields of expertise include the history of political economy and the (welfare) state; the history of empires, and (post)colonial and imperial states; the history of political violence, (civil) war and genocide; the history of political elites and leadership; the history of governmentality and its instruments; the history of political mobilization, political activism and identities in the context of civil society; and the history of environmental politics, including the political dimension of rural development, natural conservation, climate change and pandemics. Candidates who can help us expand the comparative perspective and geographical scope of our sections to cities, (post)colonial states and beyond Europe may receive additional consideration.


You have:

  • a PhD degree in history or a related field;
  • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduate students at all levels;
  • the ability to contribute to research-led graduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of graduate students;
  • a record (appropriate to your career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research which is rigorous, relevant and innovative in academic and societal perspective;
  • 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 to assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;
  • the ability to play a role in departmental management and contribute fully to the academic life of the department.
  • Offer

    We offer two positions (1.0 FTE each) for a period of one year. In case of a good performance, an indefinite employment is one of the possibilities. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,764 and €5,127 (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 (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

    About the organization

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

    Additional information

    For more information about this position, please contact: Ido de Haan (Professor of Political History), via

    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. Send a letter (max 2 pages) about your motivation to work with us and the contribution you think you can make to our section, as well as a curriculum vitae (including an overview of your teaching experience), list of publications, and a one-page statement about your past, present and future research trajectory.

    The application deadline is 09/08/2021

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