Researcher-lecturer in the field of mass violence in an international context -NIOD

Researcher-lecturer in the field of mass violence in an international context -NIOD

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7 Oct 11 Nov Amsterdam

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The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded on 8 May 1945 to map the history of the Second World War in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies through independent research. In recent decades, this expertise has been extended to research into mass violence and genocides in Europe and elsewhere in the world. NIOD is a scientifically independent and at the same time strongly socially oriented institute.

In addition, NIOD manages three kilometers of archives, a library with 75,000 titles and a large photo collection. Both scientists and private individuals can contact the NIOD for information or to consult the extensive collection. The NIOD is located in a monumental building at Herengracht 380, in the center of Amsterdam. The NIOD has approximately 80 employees. It is one of the 15 institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

There is a vacancy at the NIOD. We are looking for:


in the field of mass violence in an international context
(4 years, fulltime, 38 hours per week)

Genocide is a complex process of systematic persecution and destruction of a group of people by a state or armed group. It is estimated that in the 20th century, some 40 to 60 million defenceless people fell victim to deliberate extermination, including six million Jews in the Holocaust. The 21st century has not fared much better, so far with mass murder in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Syria, and elsewhere. The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies has a specific scientific and social responsibility for research into these histories of mass violence, situated and studied in an international context. That is why this vacancy fits into the research strategy of the institute.

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies core team conducts scholarly research into modern episodes of mass violence and genocide. It provides academic teaching (BA, MA, and postgraduate levels) on these topics and contributes to the internationalisation of research by establishing and expanding networks and partnerships at home and abroad. The team also promotes social debate in the Netherlands by organising public lectures and film symposiums. NIOD also wants to further develop its expertise in this area in the future. After all, it is of great social importance that the ever-emerging questions about the causes, courses, and consequences of mass violence can be answered on the basis of sound academic knowledge.

  • NIOD is looking for a postdoctoral researcher / university lecturer with demonstrable experience, capacities and ambitions to provide expertise on the topic of mass violence, with special focus on concepts, theories and methods, and expertise in mass violence in one region, e.g. Southeastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East, or Central Africa.
  • The newly recruited lecturer will operate as a postdoc researcher in the Research Department of the NIOD in conjunction with programs in the field of genocide studies, transitional justice, and war, within the framework of the Research Agenda 2020-2024.
  • The newly recruited staff member will be involved as lecturer in the teaching provided by the NIOD, in particular to strengthen and reinvigorate the MA program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
  • The newly recruited colleague is expected to be able to act as a leader, in terms of formulating coherent research, offering attractive teaching, take initiatives for relevant collaboration with external partners, and co-organize public events.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • A completed dissertation on a topic related to the position.
  • Demonstrated expertise and clear vision on research and teaching on mass violence.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience and enthusiasm for teaching.
  • Knowledge of and experience in relevant networks at home and abroad.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude in terms of research, teaching, and public engagement.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

The appointment is at the KNAW for the benefit of the NIOD and offers the prospect of full-time employment for a fixed period of 4 years. Start date as of 1 January 2023 if possible. An A-level (MIVD) screening is part of the hiring procedure.

Working conditions:
Depending on relevant work experience, the salary is €3.974 to a maximum of €5.439 (Scale 11 CAO universiteiten). The KNAW offers attractive fringe benefits, such as an 8.3% end-of-year bonus, an 8% holiday allowance, a good pension scheme, 6 weeks of annual holiday and the option to buy/sell holidays.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1171


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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