Personal Assistant Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (0.6 FTE)

Hours per week: 
24 to 24
Faculty of Humanities
keten Beleids- en Bestuursondersteuning
Application deadline: 
24 January 2020

Job description

The Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges is looking for a Personal Assistant (0.6 FTE) to support the administrative and organizational duties of Professor Johan Schot.


About Professor Johan Schot

Johan Schot is Professor of Global Comparative History at the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges at Utrecht University (UGlobe). He is Director of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and the Deep Transitions research project. Professor Schot’s interests orientate around action-driven research that focuses on integrating disciplines and providing the historical perspective to support positive societal change.


About your opportunity

As a key member of Professor Johan Schot’s team, you will offer an exemplary level of service to all contacts that interact with the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges and provide a range of administrative support (organizing meetings, managing agenda’s, taking minutes, filing expenses etc.). Reporting to Prof. Schot, the Personal Assistant will directly support his work, collaborate with colleagues across UGlobe to advance institutional priorities, and act as a welcoming representative of prof. Schot and Utrecht University.


We are looking for a candidate who:

  • has affinity with the research topics of Johan Schot;
  • has strong writing skills in at least English;
  • has experience providing administrative support to academic leadership in a busy academic office;
  • has experience coordinating the logistics of events and/or meetings in an academic setting;
  • has strong computer skills, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • has demonstrated ability to efficiently coordinate administrative processes;
  • has excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and work with multiple interruptions;
  • is preferably available for a minimum of 12 months.


This is an appointment of 0.6 FTE. The appointment starts with a one year contract, subject of an evaluation the second contract period is released. The gross salary starts with €2,261 and the maximum gross salary is €3,052 per month in the first year of employment (scale 7 according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) for a full-time employment.

Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %. Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme. More information on 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 encompasses the disciplines of history, art, philosophy, music, literature, language, religion and media. Our education and research are primarily aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context.

In an era of rapid globalization, issues of human rights, conflict & security, sustainability, and equity are increasingly interconnected. The Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation between Utrecht University researchers, its students, and societal stakeholders from across the globe. Our aim is to critically understand and confront in transformative ways those global challenges that intersect human rights, conflict & security, sustainability, and equity. 

Additional information

For more information or questions please contact Susanne Keesman (project manager) at or +31 30 253 84 70.

Applications can be submitted by clicking “apply now” below. Applications through e-mail can unfortunately not be considered.

For more information on Johan Schot’s research see his personal website and the website of the TIP Consortium.


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

Please apply by sending your cv (max 2 A4) and cover letter (max 1 A4).

The application deadline is 24 January 2020. Interviews will be scheduled on 3 and 5 February.

The application deadline is 24 January 2020.