Assistant Professor in Ancient History (tenure track)

Assistant Professor in Ancient History (tenure track)

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5 Sep 17 Oct Amsterdam

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FTE: 0.8

Job description

The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is seeking to fill a 0.8 position in Ancient History - a field with a strong tradition in interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Your duties
The successful applicant will be teaching in our interdisciplinary BA programme in Ancient Studies (Dutch and English tracks) as well as in our Master's and Research Master's programmes in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (in English). These programmes are offered in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam within the framework of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). In addition, the successful applicant will be teaching in the BA programme in History of the Vrije Universiteit.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong and innovative research agenda, who is committed to writing applications in order to obtain research funding. A track record of cooperation with other relevant disciplines will be considered an asset.

In addition to teaching and doing research, the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the organization and administration of our programmes and to play a part in the life of the Department and of the ACASA community.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a PhD in Ancient History or Ancient Studies on a subject in Greek, Roman, or Near Eastern history from any period between 1000 BCE and 800 CE
  • a demonstrable capacity and willingness to operate beyond the boundaries of one cultural or geographical area in teaching and in research, combining, for instance, Greek and Near Eastern History
  • a strong affinity with interdisciplinary research and teaching and with a global approach to history
  • an excellent publication record fitting the stage of her or his career, preferably including a monograph (or monograph under review) and peer reviewed articles
  • relevant teaching experience as well as a teaching qualification (BKO/UTQ or similar), or a willingness to obtain such qualification within the first two years of appointment, and an interest in novel, inspiring teaching methods
  • a strong cooperative attitude, team spirit, and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
  • the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
  • a knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch within a reasonable period of time (within two years) (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking, all in view of day-to-day communication and administrative tasks)

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years, starting 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service, and outreach. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum of €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • child day care facilities available on campus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from 'fake news' in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 350 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.

Ancient History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Our small but very active section of Classics and Ancient History is part of the Antiquity cluster of the Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity. Its members cooperate with archaeologists in the same cluster as well as with colleagues at the University of Amsterdam. Together we offer several disciplinary and interdisciplinary BA and MA programmes within the framework of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Our research is facilitated by the VU-wide interfaculty research institute CLUE+ and by OIKOS, the national Research School in Classical Studies. Members of the section Classics and Ancient History conduct research in a wide variety of academic fields: from linguistics and literary studies to reception and cultural history. Their research covers a long period in history and a broad geographical area: from the Ancient Near East and Classical Greece and Rome, to Patristic, Late Antique, and Byzantine history and culture.


  • Assistant professor
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 12480


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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