Assistant Professor in Early Modern Cultural History of Knowledge (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 a full-time Assistant Professor in Early Modern Cultural History, preferably in the History of Knowledge (1.0 FTE).

Cultural History (CH) at Utrecht University is structured along three research domains: Transcultural Connections in Europe and the World, Uses of the Past, and Knowledge Practices. These groups take an interest in the Digital Humanities (text mining and network analysis), in the theory of (teaching) history and in themes such as postcolonialism, race, gender, the body, heritage, citizenship, public history, popular culture, (inter)nationalism, and the history of science & humanities. Applicants will have to make clear how their approach to early modern history of knowledge fits in with the research and teaching of the CH Group at large.


The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD degree in early modern cultural history, preferably in the history of knowledge;
  • experience in graduate and postgraduate teaching, including setting up new courses and programmes that fit the curricular context, in particular Early Modern History and the History of Knowledge;
  • the ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses in the MA Culture, the RMA History and the RMA History & Philosophy of Science, and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;
  • a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications, demonstrating the ability to conduct research that is internationally acknowledged in terms of significance, originality and rigour;
  • a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems with the potential for (co-)creating research projects in order to attract external research funding, drawing on an established international network;
  • a philosophy of teaching, presented in the letter of motivation;
  • the ambition to broadcast scholarly knowledge via a variety of outlets, directed at scholars as well as wider audiences, such as well-respected Open Access journals, podcasts, community engaged platforms, or alternative media;
  • a supportive attitude towards colleagues, with an open mind towards creative forms of exchange and cooperation, contributing 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.

Candidates 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. In case of a good performance, employment will be made permanent. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746 and €5,862 (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 Dirk van Miert (Associate Professor in Early Modern History -  or Gertjan Plets (Head of the Cultural History Group -


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 letter of motivation, your curriculum vitae, and your research plan via the ‘apply’ button below. The letter of motivation (max two pages) should at least contain a concise reflection on your philosophy of teaching.

Initial interviews may be conducted via Teams.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

The application deadline is 10 December 2021.