Lecturer in Political Science
University of Amsterdam

Lecturer in Political Science 

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Humanities
Educational level:  Master
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  23 June 2024
Vacancy number:  13085

You will be working at the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies, more specifically at the European Studies, which comprises various chair groups responsible for the  Bachelor and MA degrees of European Studies. You can find the full curriculum here: Study programme - Bachelor European Studies - Universiteit van Amsterdam (uva.nl).


What are you going to do?


You will be teaching work groups and seminars in the Bachelor’s in European Studies.


Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of a lecturer or senior lecturer, you will be teaching mostly in the BA programme European Studies. You will primarily be teaching seminars and work groups in the interdisciplinary first-year programme and the major track European politics.


Your main tasks will be:

  • teaching seminars and work groups; offering tutorials;
  • supervising Bachelor’s theses;
  • attending meetings and lectures, preparing for teaching, updating and translating course materials or assignments and selecting teaching methods, in consultation with colleagues and the senior lecturer;
  • marking assignments and papers, providing input on tests and test questions and entering marks;
  • coordinating practical matters around your own teaching working group (such as handling administrative matters and communicating with students);
  • providing individual supervision to students (mentoring, coaching and supervising internships).


What do you have to offer?


You are active in the research field of European politics, ideally political behaviour and public opinion, and can communicate about this field accessibly and clearly. You are interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research. You are enthusiastic about teaching, and you have a keen eye for the diverse backgrounds and specific needs of students. You can handle a considerable work load in teaching, which is sometimes unevenly split over the semester.


Your experience and profile

Candidates need to have the following qualifications:

  • You have an MA or PhD degree in political science or a related field;
  • you have attained the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If you have not attained the UTQ you are required to start with the UTQ track upon commencement of your employment contract and obtain the certificate within three years of employment;
  • you are pedagogically/didactically competent (able to cater to students’ starting situation, to teach a curriculum that has already been developed, to supervise students and to make an active contribution in meetings with fellow lecturers);
  • you have a good command of the Dutch language or are willing to learn Dutch  If you do not speak Dutch, we offer the opportunity to take and pass the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II;


The following are a plus:

  • Knowledge of quantitative research methods
  • Experience in teaching
  • Ability to teach both in English and in Dutch


What can we offer you?


We offer temporary employment for a period of four years with a probationary period of two months. The employment contract is for 30.4 hours a week. The preferred starting date is 01 August 2024.


Your salary, depending on relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between € 3,226 to € 5,090 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. Favourable tax agreements may apply to applicants moving from abroad. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


What else do we offer?

  • excellent training and development opportunities, including participation in our Lecturer Development Programme and time reserved for professional development;
  • a position in which taking initiative and providing input are greatly appreciated;
  • attaining the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ);
  • the opportunity to participate in the Dutch as a Second Language programme II;
  • an inspiring academic and international work environment in the heart of Amsterdam;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team.


About us


The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 42,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.


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.




If you have any questions about the position or the department, please contact:


Job application


If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and CV. You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until 23 June 2024.


Your application should include the following information:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a detailed CV including list of publications and detailed information on teaching experience
  • the names of two academic referees


Please submit the required information in 1 pdf by uploading in the required field ‘CV’.


The first round of interviews will be held in the beginning of July 2024 in Amsterdam. A trial lecture may be part of the application process.



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.


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