Assistant Professor of Medieval English Literature

Assistant Professor of Medieval English Literature

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8 Mar 6 Apr Utrecht

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Job description

We are looking for a colleague who can enthuse and inspire students at undergraduate and graduate level through seminars, lectures and supervision. You will contribute to the research, teaching and public engagement of the department of Languages, Literature and Communication from a specialisation in Old or Middle English Literature.

Your job
In this position, you will develop and strengthen the teaching and research of medieval English literature, within the BA programme English Language and Culture and in the department at large. This will be in collaboration with colleagues from the division of English and with those from the other languages, notably Celtic and Classical Languages and Cultures and Literary Studies. In addition, you will contribute to one or more of the MA programmes: the two-year Research MA Programmes: Ancient Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Comparative Literary Studies; and the one-year MA Literature Today. You will also contribute to undergraduate courses in early modern and modern literatures in English.

As part of your affiliation with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry affiliation, you will join the Utrecht University Centre for Medieval Studies.


Utrecht University


You have the willingness and ability to contribute actively to the formation of learning communities of staff and students. In addition, you:
  • hold a completed PhD in Medieval English Literature (or closely related field), by the time of appointment;
  • have undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching experience in the same domain and preferably also in other periods;
  • have a research specialisation within Medieval English Literature, as evidenced by a record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrates the ability to conduct research which is internationally recognised as contributing to the field;
  • have a realistic medium-term research plan, aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for obtaining external research funding;
  • display an interdisciplinary attitude: the willingness and ability to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research;
  • have excellent communication skills and are capable of inspiring team spirit;
  • have native or near-native competence in English, and a willingness to become proficient in Dutch within 2 years of appointment;
  • hold, or are willing to obtain, the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The UTQ is recognised by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment.

(Personal) leadership and responsibility are part of your job. That is why you recognise yourself in the following core values that are central to the Faculty of Humanities: professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connection and safety. These core values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and to others.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
  • an employment contract for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent employment contract;
  • a working week of 38 hours, of which 40% consists of research and 60% teaching;
  • a gross monthly salary between €4,332 and €6,737 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 11-12 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.

Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE model; this makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.


Universiteit Utrecht

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 strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 1,100 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 centre of Utrecht, where the faculty is located, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The department of Languages, Literature and Communication has 11 sections. They nurture a tradition of intensive and harmonious cooperation. Bachelor's programmes are attached to all sections, except Translation/Intercultural Communication/Education, which only has Master's programmes. The sections work closely together in one- and two-year Master's programmes. Teacher-training programmes are housed within the interfaculty Graduate School of Teaching. Our research is housed in two research institutes: the Institute for Language Sciences (ILS) and the Institute for Cultural Studies Research (ICON). As a researcher you will be part of ICON. Staff are internationally oriented and come from many countries.

You will work within the English Language and Culture Section, a transdisciplinary and international group that combines expertise in the linguistics, literature, and cultural history of the English-speaking countries.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€6737 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3688



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