Assistant Professor Design Cultures, Tenure Track

Assistant Professor Design Cultures, Tenure Track

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9 May 5 Jun Amsterdam

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We are looking for a new colleague to strengthen our research and education in the field of Arts and Culture within the Department of Arts, History and Antiquity (AHA) of the Faculty of Humanities. We seek a colleague with a broad, interdisciplinary in...

Job description

We seek a colleague who can make an individual contribution to the research in our group and to teaching in our BA program on 'Media, Art, Design and Architecture' and in the MA specialization of Design Cultures. Courses to teach will involve academic core courses (academic skills etc.), interdisciplinary content- and theory-courses offered to students of all tracks of our BA program, and courses taught explicitly for Design Cultures. We expect the candidate to participate in widely branched, interdisciplinary, international networks with research in one or more of the above-mentioned fields. We offer a realistic and tailor-made tenure track.

Your duties
  • create a stimulating educational environment for students of all levels (bachelor, master, PhD)
  • conduct innovative research (within the interfaculty research institute CLUE+) and publish about it in the relevant national and international scientific media
  • working together with your colleagues on the further development of the chair group
  • active in the application and acquisition of external research grants, both individually and in cooperation with colleagues


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a completed dissertation in a discipline with an evident relevance to the field of art & culture and a focus on design history or theory
  • research output appropriate to the level of the position
  • teaching experience at BA and MA level, supported by good evaluations
  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or willing to obtain it within the foreseeable future
  • good command of both the Dutch and the English language (willingness to learn Dutch)
  • a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching, concerning the added value of integrating research on design history and theory with two or more of the areas of architectural history, media studies, art history and theory, heritage studies.
  • potential to obtain research grants
  • track record in publishing in international peer-reviewed journals or at a university press

Conditions of employment

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor for the duration of 5 years starting 1 September 2022. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3.821 (scale 11) and a maximum € 5,230 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from 'fake news' in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.


  • Assistant professor
  • Doctorate
  • 11767


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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