Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities

Faculty of Humanities – Department of Media Studies

7 januari 2019
€3,545 to €5,513 gross per month
3 februari 2019
38 hours per week

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital. There are almost 700 employees affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 6,000 students.

The Faculty of Humanities offers assistant professors the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that - partly as a result of their multidisciplinary approach - are world-renowned. Moreover, you will be teaching in a dynamic context in which new educational methods are being developed.

Together with other new assistant professors you will participate in a comprehensive introductory programme. You will be supervised closely during the first year of your appointment. Additional didactical training is also part of the appointment. Based on the candidate's educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration.

Job description

We are looking for an Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities who will bring to the position a relevant and innovative research agenda in the area of Digital Humanities and will be able to teach within the programs of Media Studies. You will be especially interested in the critical study, development and application of digital research methods, techniques and tools for the purpose of historical humanities scholarship.

In the study of information and media (broadly understood as books, artworks, audio-visual media and digital media), digital research materials are evolving in spectacular fashion, leading to new research affordances that require a critical approach to how digital media structure the reuse and interpretation of born-digital and historical data. The study of Digital Humanities within Media Studies concerns both contemporary and historical periods, and also focuses on the cultural and methodological implications of digital research.

You will be at home in more than one sub-discipline, demonstrated by experience in working with digitized data collections of different types, in historically-oriented research. In addition, you are able to combine the teaching of digital humanities with critical reflection on the implications of their use in studying historical and contemporary cultures. As our successful candidate you are expected to bring together researchers working in Digital Humanities, Media Studies and other humanities disciplines and aim to acquire funding for collaborations. You will carry out your research within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR) or the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and are expected to make an active contribution to the CREATE project at the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity, one of the University of Amsterdam’s research priority areas.


If you are our ideal candidate you have:

  • a relevant PhD degree, or PhD defense date scheduled before the start of the contract;
  • programming skills and/or skilled use of software for data analysis;
  • experience in using digital data and tools for historical humanities scholarship;
  • experience in research and excellent research skills, evidenced by publications in renowned international academic journals / edited volumes;
  • teaching experience at the university level and demonstrable didactic abilities and / or training, evidenced by an educational portfolio;
  • experience in an academic position where research and teaching are combined;
  • experience with digital and audio-visual equipment;
  • affinity with the use of ICTs in academic education;
  • the capability of functioning at all levels in more than one programme of study;
  • the capability of collaborating in interdisciplinary teams;
  • organisational experience and skills;
  • reliability as a team worker;
  • thorough knowledge of Dutch and English; non-native Dutch speakers are requested to achieve competency in Dutch within two years.

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The appointment will be for 38 hours a week. The initial appointment will be two years. Depending on teaching evaluations and professional assessment, tenure will be granted after two years. The gross monthly salary will range from €3,637 (scale 11) to €5,656 (scale 12), based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Applications including a detailed curriculum vitae and two names of referees should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof Fred P. Weerman, no later than 3 February 2019 by using the link below.

Candidates selected for interviews will be invited to the UvA on 14 or 15 February 2019.  #LI-DNP

No agencies please

Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam