Researcher-Lecturer in the field of genocide studies - NIOD - Amsterdam

Researcher-Lecturer in the field of genocide studies - NIOD - Amsterdam

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8 May 29 May Amsterdam

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NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies is looking for a Researcher-Lecturer in the field of genocide studies (4 years, 0.7 fte, 26 hours per week).

Job description

General description

Genocide is the complex process of the systematic persecution and destruction of a group of people by a state or armed group. It is estimated that in the 20th century, some 40 to 60 million defenceless people fell victim to deliberate extermination, including six million Jews in the Holocaust. The 21st century has not fared much better, so far with mass murder in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Syria, and elsewhere. The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies has a specific scientific and social responsibility for research into these histories of mass murder. That is why this vacancy fits into the research strategy of the institute.

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies team conducts scholarly research into modern episodes of mass violence and genocide. It provides academic teaching (BA, MA, and postgraduate levels) on these topics and contributes to the internationalisation of research by establishing and expanding networks and partnerships at home and abroad. The team also promotes social debate in the Netherlands by organising public lectures and film symposiums. NIOD also wants to further develop its expertise in this area in the future. After all, it is of great social importance that the ever-emerging questions about the causes, courses, and consequences of mass violence can be answered on the basis of sound academic knowledge.

  • NIOD is looking for a postdoctoral researcher / university lecturer with demonstrable experience, capacities and ambitions to provide expertise on the topic of genocide;
  • The newly recruited lecturer will operate as a postdoc researcher in the Research Department of the NIOD, within the framework of the Research Agenda 2020-2024;
  • The newly recruited staff member will be involved as lecturer in the teaching provided by the NIOD, in particular to strengthen the MA program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam;
  • The newly recruited colleague is expected to reinvigorate the Holocaust and Genocide Studies team by offering support in the coordination of the MA program, initiation of student activities, and organization of public events.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • A completed dissertation on a topic related to the position;
  • Demonstrated expertise and clear vision on research and teaching on genocide;
  • Demonstrated teaching experience and enthusiasm for teaching;
  • Entrepreneurial attitude in terms of public engagement.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €2.960,00 and the maximum salary is €4.670,00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP. The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment). For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.



The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded on 8 May 1945 to map out the history of the Second World War in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies through independent research. During the past decades this expertise has been extended to research into mass violence and genocides in Europe and elsewhere in the world. The NIOD is a scientifically independent and at the same time strongly socially oriented institute.

Apart from scientific research, NIOD opens its collections to both professionals and private individuals. NIOD is located in a monumental building of the Dutch Government Property Department in the centre of Amsterdam. It manages in-house 3 kilometres of archives, a library with 75,000 titles and a large photo collection. NIOD has about 75 employees. It is one of the 15 institutes of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). The Communication and Information team is responsible for internal and external communication and public activities, spokesperson management and the management of NIOD's online and social media.


  • Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society
  • 26.6—28 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1546


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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