Assistant Professor in Political History
Utrecht University

Assistant Professor in Political History (1.0 FTE)

Job description

We are looking for applicants specialised in modern or contemporary European political history, ideally with a focus on any of the following themes: the relationship between gender and politics; the history of democracy and its discontent; the history of multiculturalism and citizenship; the history of colonialism or imperialism; the history of environmental activism; or the history of political ideas. In addition, we are also particularly interested in candidates who can help us expand our scope to the history of the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Britain, comparative history, and/or (post)colonial states. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


You have

  • experience with and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduate students at all levels;
  • a PhD degree in history or a related field;
  • the ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;
  • a record (appropriate to your career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research that is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
  • 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 to contribute fully to the academic life of the department.

Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers, and candidates are required to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), if they are not already in possession of one, within a reasonable timeframe. Candidates are expected to be versatile in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for 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 €3,637 and €4,978 (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. 

The Faculty of Humanities has 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.

Would you like to join the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University? We seek to appoint an assistant professor in political history. The political history group studies political developments from the early modern period until the present day, including such topics as democracy, revolution, the history of political ideas, nationalism, and war and genocide. The group has a particular interest in long-term developments and connects the past with present-day political issues.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Prof Annelien de Dijn (Group Head), via

Applications should address each of the criteria, and include the following documents:
  • a cover letter (max. 500 words);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research (max. 750 words);
  • a key publication;
  • names and contact details of two referees.

Please use the application button below to apply. Initial interviews may be conducted over Skype. Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed in person in Utrecht. The interviews will be scheduled in March-April 2020.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.  

The application deadline is

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