Assistant Professor in Anthropology
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Assistant professor in Anthropology

Publication date 9 March 2020
Closing date 15 April 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 30,4 to 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Vacancy number 20-175

The Department of Anthropology, one of the largest departments of anthropology in Europe with an excellent reputation in both research and teaching, currently has an opening for an assistant professor of Anthropology with a specialization in visual anthropology.

What will you do?
You will actively contribute to the department and its teaching and research programs. The position will require you:

  • to contribute to the broad and diverse teaching and research profile of anthropology in Amsterdam by educational initiatives and publishing and participating in international research networks;
  • to develop and coordinate courses in the field of anthropology and in visual anthropology in particular;
  • to teach general, specialist and methodological courses in the BSc, MSc, Research Master’s- and PhD-programs of our department, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students;
  • to develop, carry out and supervise anthropological research at a high academic level, develop a line of research in collaboration with junior staff members and other researchers working at the department;
  • to acquire and help to acquire external funding for research (also alongside junior researchers);
  • to engage in activities in the public sphere and in other arenas outside academia;
  • to carry out administrative tasks.

What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a PhD degree and preferably experience as a postdoctoral researcher or (junior) faculty member;
  • a strong general knowledge of the field of anthropology;
  • a strong proven record in visual anthropology;
  • a proven record of highquality teaching at BSc- and MSc-level;
  • a strong track record in ethnographic research;
  • the ability to acquire research funding from external sources (e.g. Netherlands’ Organization for Scientific Research, the European Research Council, or other research councils; European Union, or other national and international funding agencies);
  • a commitment to carry out administrative tasks;
  • a commitment to public anthropological engagement with nonacademic actors;
  • excellent knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or Senior Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalents), or are willing to acquire such a qualification on a fairly short term;
  • working proficiency in the Dutch language or the willingness develop this within two years.

We have a preference for someone who will strengthen the diversity of our department.

Our offer
The employment contract will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of two years with conditions of a tenured employment contract agreed upon at the time of hiring. The preferred starting date is 1 September 2020. Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,673 and a maximum salary of €5,656 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale 11 or 12), as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus.

What else can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

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

Oskar Verkaaik, Departement Chair
T: +31 (0)6 54687829

Would you like to learn more about working at the University of Amsterdam? Visit our website.

Job application
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive the following documents in a single PDF file (not zipped):

  • a full academic Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications;
  • a concise statement of motivation (800 words max.);
  • a statement outlining your experience with and ideas about visual anthropology (800 words max.);
  • a statement outlining your research plans (800 words max.);
  • contact information for two academic references (no letters of recommendation).

You may apply online by clicking on the link below.

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2020. Interviews will take place in May. #LI-DNP

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