Assistant Professor in Architectural History (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Humanities
Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (universitair docent) in Architectural History (architectuurgeschiedenis), specialized in modern and contemporary architecture. We prefer a candidate who can build bridges in teaching and research to architectural history in earlier periods (already consolidated in the department) to heritage and conservation studies, and/or to modern and contemporary art history, and/or to at least one of the three axes of the art history section: transcultural, technical and digital.


As our successful candidate you will have:

  • a PhD degree in architectural history;
  • thorough knowledge of the history of architecture in general and a proven specialization in the history of modern and contemporary architecture, as demonstrated by scholarly output (publications, conference papers, etc.), and the ability to contribute to at least one of the three axes of the art history section: transcultural, technical and digital. Preferably you also have some experience with public engagement;
  • experience in academic teaching at least on BA level, preferably also on MA level. You are able to teach on various levels, including our MA track on architectural history & heritage conservation (architectuurgeschiedenis & monumentenzorg). Teaching on BA level may also include general art history courses as well as architectural topics of earlier periods;
  • the ability to play a role in departmental management and 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) within two years if they are not already in possession of one. You are expected to be proficient 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 a period of one year, starting 1 May 2022 at the latest. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be made permanent. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,807 and €5,922 (scale 11-12 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 organisation

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.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Prof Koen Ottenheym (Professor of Architectural 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. The letter of motivation (max 2 pages) should at least contain a concise reflection on your general teaching objectives and methods, as well as a short outline of your research plans for the coming years.

Initial interviews may be conducted via Teams. Interviews are scheduled to take place on 17 and/or 24 January 2022.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

The application deadline is 7 January 2022.