Lecturer in French Language and Culture (4 year fixed term)

Lecturer in French Language and Culture (4 year fixed term)

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6 Jun 27 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

You will be working at the department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures, more specifically at the capacity group French, which is responsible for the Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Culture, minor in French and components of French Language and Culture in other degree programmes. You can find the full curriculum here: https://studiegids.uva.nl/xmlpages/page/2023-2024/zoek-opleiding/opleiding/7552.

☒ This position is only open for UvA employees.

What are you going to do?
French is taught in a range of programmes to students with different proficiency levels and different educational goals. The department Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures has a vacancy for a suitably experienced lecturer to teach language proficiency courses in French to these students, helping them to master the language in support of their educational programme objectives.

You will teach a curriculum that has already been developed, but also contribute to further improving education in the broad field of additional language acquisition of French and identify opportunities for improvement. You can be deployed on a broad range of educational duties for the various courses in French and teach inspiring lectures and seminars. In addition, your educational duties will include supervising theses and contributing to innovations and improvements of the curriculum across the entire department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Under the supervision of the lecturer or senior lecturer, you will be teaching at the French Language and Culture department, which will include teaching in the field of language acquisition courses plus other content courses, depending on your expertise;
  • attending meetings and lectures, preparing for teaching, updating and translating course materials or assignments and selecting teaching methods, in consultation with colleagues and the senior lecturer;
  • marking (final) assignments, theses and papers, providing input on tests and test questions and entering marks;
  • coordinating practical matters around your own teaching working group (such as handling administrative matters and communicating with students);
  • supervising theses and providing other individual supervision to students (mentoring, coaching and supervising internships).

What do you have to offer?
You are experienced in teaching French as an additional language to learners from a range of prior educational backgrounds and experience. You are able to teach language acquisition courses to students who specialise in French language and culture, as well as to students who take French as part of another programme, such as European Studies or Linguistics

Your experience and profile
Candidates need to have the following qualifications:
  • you have an academic degree in a relevant discipline at least as Master’s level;
  • you have attained the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If you have not attained the UTQ you are required to start with the UTQ track upon commencement of your employment contract and obtain the certificate within three years of employment;
  • you are pedagogically/didactically competent (able to cater to students’ starting situation, to teach a curriculum that has already been developed, to supervise students and to make an active contribution in meetings with fellow lecturers);
  • you have a good command of the Dutch language. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer the opportunity to take and pass the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II;
  • you are able to teach in English.

What can we offer you?
We offer temporary employment for a period of four years with a probationary period of two months. The employment contract is for 34 hours a week. The preferred starting date is 01 August 2024.

Your salary, depending on relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between € 3,226 to € 5,090 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. Favourable tax agreements may apply to applicants moving from abroad. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

What else do we offer?
  • excellent training and development opportunities, including participation in our Lecturer Development Programme and time reserved for professional development;
  • a position in which taking initiative and providing input are greatly appreciated;
  • attaining the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ);
  • the opportunity to participate in the Dutch as a Second Language programme II;
  • an inspiring academic and international work environment in the heart of Amsterdam;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team.

About us
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 42,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

If you have any questions about the position or the department, please contact during office hours:
  • Bertus van Rooy, a.j.vanrooy@uva.nl
  • Chair of Department Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures

Job application
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and CV. You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until 27 June 2024.

Your application should include the following information:
  • a letter and detailed CV;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.

Please submit the required information in 1 pdf by uploading in the required field ‘CV’.

The first round of interviews will be held in the course of July.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • Lecturer
  • Language and culture
  • max. 34 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 13109


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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