Assistant Professor Literary and Cultural Heritage of the Ancient World

Assistant Professor Literary and Cultural Heritage of the Ancient World

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21 Feb 19 Mar Amsterdam

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Job description

In the context of the sector plan for the Humanities titled 'Tradition in transition', the faculty currently has a vacant Assistant Professor position as part of the research theme Cultural Heritage and Identity. Within this research theme the focus is on material and immaterial heritage, including digital Humanities, and on cultural heritage and societal changes.

What are you going to do?

You will provide education in the dynamic context of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research, more in particular the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and material Culture (AHM) or the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies (ASH), depending on your research interests. You are expected to take an active role in the research school and join one of the thematic research groups.

The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology is the department that houses research and teaching in the fields of ancient studies, classical languages and archaeology, combining interdisciplinary and disciplinary projects and courses in a lively environment focusing on innovative teaching and research across traditional borders. The department hosts Bachelor and Master programmes in Ancient Studies, Archaeology and Classical Languages, in cooperation with its counterpart at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • developing, coordinating and teaching disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in both Dutch and English, in the Bachelor and Master programmes of Ancient Studies and Classical languages (BA Classics, BA Ancient Studies, MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations);
  • designing and conducting independent research on topics in the field of the literary and cultural heritage of the ancient world, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the research activities of the research schools ASH or AHM, and of the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (OIKOS);
  • supervising Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.
  • actively contributing to the interdisciplinary collaboration of the sector plan research theme Cultural Heritage and Identity.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of the immaterial, and especially the literary heritage of the Greek and Roman World, a proven affinity with the cultural reception of the Classics in the broadest sense, and a strong drive to build bridges between the disciplines and approaches represented in ACASA and beyond. Your research matches the profile of either the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) or the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies (ASH).

Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers, and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programs that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile:
  • a PhD in humanities with a research focus on literary and cultural aspects of the ancient world;
  • a profound knowledge of (and disciplinary background in) Latin language and literature, also in later periods, and well versed in literary theory and concepts;
  • holds an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • provides research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher who has built, or is building, a strong publication record;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • broad and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • good command (near-native fluency) of both Dutch and English. If you do not speak Dutch, an active command must be acquired within the first two years of the employment contract and the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II must be passed;
  • good team player and versatile at all levels, capable of interdisciplinary co-operation;
  • experience with digital and audiovisual teaching facilities and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • experienced in valorization and practice-based education and/or research;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), or willingness to acquire this within the first two years of the employment contract.
In view of the composition of the team, a background in the ongoing impact of the Greco-Roman world on the literary and cultural history of Europe is a pre.

Conditions of employment

We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months. The employment is for 38 hours per week. Preferred starting date is 01 August 2023.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between € 3,974 (scale 11) to € 6,181 (scale 12) dependent on relevant experience. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the '30% ruling', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

We additionally offer:
  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Humanities

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

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.

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  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3974 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 11257


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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