Professor of Contemporary History of Europe

Professor of Contemporary History of Europe

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3 Dec 28 Jan Amsterdam

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The Faculty of Humanities has a vacancy for a Professor of Contemporary History of Europe. 

The Professor's research is on the contemporary history of Europe. Possible focus areas include (but are not limited to): transnational histories of political thought and movements; histories of European integration; history of international relations; comparative political history; social and economic history of Europe.

The professor will lead the Modern European History chair group which at the moment comprises of ten colleagues, at teacher/docent, assistant professor and associate professor levels, with backgrounds in European history, European politics and European economics. The capacity group of European Studies is part of the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies (GER), and responsible for the BA and MA programmes in European Studies. The European Studies capacity group includes four chair groups: the Modern European History group that the professor will lead, European Governance, Modern European Literature, as well as East European Studies. The chair of the capacity group of European Studies rotates among the four professors/chair group leaders; equally rotating among GER staff are the GER Department chair, the research school ARTES, and the teaching directorship for European Studies.

The professor will support the HRM of the Modern European History group (career development, professionalization, coordination); together, the team is responsible for maintaining and updating specific parts of the ES programme, including BA core modules, the majors in European history and economy, as well the respective MA tracks. The professor's teaching takes prominent positions in these clusters. We also expect cooperation with other programmes in the Department (e.g. History) and beyond, as well as a readiness to take on administrative responsibilities at Departmental or Faculty level.

The chair’s research should engage with some of the principal thematic areas of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES), the relevant research school, as part of the wider Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The chair is also expected to take a leading role in the interdisciplinary and interfaculty Amsterdam Centre for European Studies. Moreover, the chair is expected to contribute to outreach and valorization, with the willingness to engage in societal and media debates on contemporary European issues.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


Candidates for the position are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • hold a PhD in European history or a related field;
  • have an excellent international academic reputation and publication record in European Studies, European history, or the history of international relations or movements;
  • are experienced and enthusiastic teachers at all levels of academic training;
  • have experience in developing teaching programmes at BA and MA levels;
  • can show a track record of acquiring external research funding;
  • have experience in the supervision of PhD projects and junior researchers;
  • have an extensive national and international network with academic, political and cultural institutions;
  • have experience with collaborative projects and is able to establish productive connections with other academic disciplines within as well as outside the department;
  • are able to contribute to knowledge exchange in public as well as academic settings;
  • have proven excellent management and leadership qualities, and is a capable and enthusiastic administrator.

All foreign employees appointed at the Faculty of Humanities are expected to have a good command of both written and spoken Dutch within two years.

Please also check the document Information about chairs at the Faculty of Humanities.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be permanent. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2, between €5,582 and €8,127 gross per month (€77,902 to €113,420 per annum, including 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end of year payment) on a full-time basis in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.  In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language, history, and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutions in the capital city. Almost 1,000 employees are affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students. The Faculty of Humanities consists of eight departments.

There are approximately 1,000 students enrolled in European Studies programmes. The three years BA programme (taught in separate Dutch and English tracks) consists of interdisciplinary first-year core modules, including courses such as European IntegrationTurning Points in European HistoryEuropean Literary History, as well as The Other Europe (on the restructuring of Europe after 1989). Students then major in our five disciplinary specialisms: European History, European Economics, European Law, European Culture, East European Studies, and Literature and Culture; they also study one foreign language. The one year MA has four tracks, namely Governing Europe, European Policy, Identity and Integration, and East European Studies. There is a strong cooperation in all programmes between historians, political scientists, legal scholars, economists, geographers, and literature specialists. Details can be found at European Studies.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Language and culture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5582—€8127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 18-711


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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