Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Studies and Transnationalism Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Literature and Art, 1.0fte

Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Studies and Transnationalism Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Literature and Art, 1.0fte

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FASoS is looking for an Assistant Professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research related to Postcolonial Studies and Transnationalism.

Job description

You will contribute to the teaching in a variety of BA and MA programmes at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, such as the BA programmes in Arts and Culture, in Global Studies and in European Studies, and the MA programmes in Arts and Culture and in Globalisation and Development Studies. Teaching tasks include tutoring, coordinating, and lecturing courses as well as supervising internships and BA and MA theses.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is organised in a matrix structure ( You will become part of the Department of Literature and Art ( as well as the Research Programme Globalisation, Transnationalism, and Development ( In addition, you will join the Centre for Gender and Diversity (

At the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, teaching and research duties follow the regular division of 60% teaching and management, and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external funding.


Maastricht University (UM)


Your field of expertise is Postcolonial Studies and Transnationalism and your background is in a relevant humanities discipline (for instance, literary studies, visual studies, film studies, art history, cultural studies, gender and diversity studies). Your work focuses on literature and arts but in the broad sense of the word so that you easily can enter into dialogue with other humanities and more social science-oriented scholars. You have experience with interdisciplinary-, multidisciplinary-, or transdisciplinary collaboration and apply an intersectional approach.

You are excited to work in an international team to collaborate and attract research grants. Your record of international peer-reviewed academic publications or publications of similar stature is excellent. You have engaged with outreach activities that intervene in relevant public debates. You have a relevant academic and societal network.

You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in teaching coordination roles, in course development, and in thesis supervision. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximise student participation. You have affinity with team-teaching and the teaching philosophy behind our system of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.

You subscribe to the values of academic citizenship by your willingness to engage in the activities and roles that are characteristic of our specific academic environment. In particular, you are a team player and are open to collaborations that may be out of your disciplinary comfort zone.

Fluency in English is a prerequisite (Cambridge English Proficiency, level C2, orally and written). Non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (intermediate level).

Conditions of employment

We offer you a fulltime position as Assistant Professor (level 2) in tenure track. Following the new Dutch Collective Labor Agreement (CLA), you will automatically be tenured after 1.5 years on the condition of a positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3820,-  and a maximum of € 5229,- (Salary amounts apply as of 1 January 2022) gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 11 according to Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment). Each year, the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The university’s relocation policy stipulates that you need to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. Other secondary conditions include, for instance, a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.

Starting date: 15 August 2022, which is the beginning of the academic year 2022–2023


Maastricht University

UM is a European university with an international orientation, operating at the heart of society and firmly rooted in the region. Ever since it was founded in 1976, the university has worked across borders, with a particular focus on the Euregion. Here, we connect education and research internationally, analyse societal issues in their full breadth and reinforce the labour market through the triple-helix collaboration. We have an open and inclusive academic culture, an international community and a strong focus on innovative and interdisciplinary education and research. Our community is composed of students, lecturers, researchers, support staff, and alumni.

As the pre-eminent European university in the Netherlands, our core values
are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, mutual respect, integrity, democratic principles, and transparency. We take our social responsibility seriously by forging links between the university and society, from the local to the global level. Moreover, as a solid and resilient international community, we hold ourselves accountable for the future of our world. This entails paying special attention to the urgent challenges of the 21st century, such as securing a sustainable future for our society.

UM is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community ( We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position regardless of your background or identity.

More on the mission and strategy of UM:


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

In the teaching and research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), we highlight major developments in societies and cultures as they have unfolded during the modern and contemporary eras. We seek to gain understanding of the interrelationships of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change, and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with these challenges through, amongst others, practices of remembrance, governance techniques, strategies for managing knowledge, technologies, and risks and ways of dealing with diversity and inequality. Yet, understanding our present world is impossible without insight into its past. This is why historical research serves as a key element of our scholarly and educational identity.

FASoS has ca. 250 staff members and ca. 1,730 students. More than 77% of the students are non-Dutch (65 different nationalities) and 42% of our staff comes from abroad. All programmes are offered in English. FASoS offers four 3-year BA programmes: Arts and Culture, European Studies, Digital Society, and Global Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year MA programmes and two 2-year ReMA programmes. Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.

More information about FASoS is available on our website:


  • Assistant professor
  • Language and culture
  • AT2021.517


Maastricht University (UM)

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