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Assistant Professor in Anthropology

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Anthropology

Vacancy details of Assistant Professor in Anthropology
Publication date 23 April 2021
Closing date 21 May 2021
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,746 to €5,127 gross per month
Vacancy number 21-277

The Anthropology Department of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences currently has an opening for an assistant professor in anthropology with a specialization in one of the following fields: economic anthropology, political anthropology in particular on identity politics and neo-nationalism, anthropology of digital infrastructures, anthropology of Europe, or applied anthropology. The Department of Anthropology is one of the largest departments of anthropology in Europe with an excellent reputation in both research and teaching.

What will you do?

You are expected to:

  • actively contribute to the broad and diverse teaching and research profile of anthropology in Amsterdam by undertaking educational initiatives, publishing and participating in international research networks;
  • develop and coordinate courses at the Bachelor and Master level in the general field of anthropology, and in particular in economic anthropology, the anthropology of identity politics and neo-nationalism, anthropology of digital infrastructures, anthropology of Europe, or applied anthropology;
  • teach general, specialist and methodological courses in the BSc-, MSc, Research Master’s- and PhD-programs of our department, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students;
  • develop, carry out and supervise anthropological research at a high academic level, develop a line of research in collaboration with junior staff members and other researchers working at the department;
  • acquire and help to acquire external funding for research (also alongside junior researchers);
  • engage in activities in the public sphere and in other arenas outside academia;
  • carry out administrative tasks;
  • contribute to a fair and collegial working atmosphere in the department.

What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a PhD degree and preferably experience as a postdoctoral researcher or (junior) faculty member;
  • a strong general knowledge of the field of anthropology;
  • a strong proven record in general anthropology and one of the above-mentioned specializations;
  • a proven record of high-quality teaching at BSc- and MSc-level and a strong commitment to teaching;
  • a strong track record in ethnographic research;
  • the ability to acquire research funding from external sources (e.g. Netherlands’ Organization for Scientific Research, the European Research Council, or other research councils, European Union, or other national and international funding agencies);
  • commitment to supervise PhD students;
  • commitment to carry out administrative tasks;
  • commitment to public anthropological engagement with non-academic actors;
  • excellent knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or Senior Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalents), or are willing to acquire such a qualification on a fairly short term;
  • working proficiency in the Dutch language or the willingness develop this within two years.

What can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Our offer

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.

We offer a full-time contract for 38 hours per week. Employment will initially be on a temporary basis for a total period of three years (two years plus one), with conditions of a tenured appointment agreed upon at the time of hiring. The preferred starting date is 1 October 2021. Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,746 and a maximum salary of €5.127 gross per month in keeping with scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Additionally, we offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.


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 Job Application

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is an active participant in a diverse, international community. Our goal is for you to feel at home here, regardless of your background, race, orientation and/or beliefs.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive the following documents in a single PDF file (not zipped):

  • a full academic Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications;
  • a concise statement of motivation (800 words max.);
  • a statement outlining your research plans (800 words max.);
  • contact information for two academic references (no letters of recommendation).

The deadline for applications is 21 May 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

You can apply online by clicking on the following link.

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