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Assistant professor in European Studies with a focus on Climate Change and Conflict

The Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies in the Faculty of Humanities is looking for an Assistant professor (UD) with a research …

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Kloveniersburgwal, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 3637 - € 5656 per maand


The Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies in the Faculty of Humanities is looking for an Assistant professor (UD) with a research focus on 'Climate Change and Conflict'.

While Europe is still a major contributor to global warming, the European Union presents itself as an engine in the international fight against global climate change. The candidate for this assistant professorship does research on the geo-political, governmental, social and/or economic problems and conflicts that come with climate change and anti-climate change policies, within Europe and/or in relation to Europe's international environments. This position is meant to contribute to a new interdisciplinary and transregional research line within ARTES, in cooperation with colleagues working on Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia. ARTES focuses on how global encounters have shaped and continue to shape trans-regional relations, including those between Europe and other world regions, from formal and long-standing colonial and post-colonial encounters, to myriad networks of material and intellectual exchange.

The ideal candidate should hold a PhD in either the humanities or the social sciences, with a research focus on climate policies and/or climate change-related conflicts in contemporary Europe and/or in relation to Europe's international environments. The candidate should be an active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record. Demonstrated ability to apply for and obtain research funding will be considered a plus.

The candidate’s research should be directly connected with the existing research foci of both ARTES and ACES.

Next to team spirit, the candidate has an excellent PhD in a relevant discipline, international publications, an international academic network, and a research proposal that speaks directly to the profile of the position. Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome. The candidate has solid university teaching experience and will develop and offer modules on climate change and conflict in one or several tracks of the European Studies BA and MA programmes. Important is also proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond the candidate's own research focus: the holder of this position will be expected to also teach some of the existing modules of European studies, preferably in the tracks of European law, economics, and/or governance.


  • Conducting independent research in the broad area of European Studies: climate change and conflict, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals or edited volumes;
  • 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 Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES);
  • developing, coordinating and delivering teaching in English (and possibly Dutch), in the BA and MA programmes European Studies and/or other programmes;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students;
  • 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.


  • PhD in a relevant discipline;
  • an international research network in the research area concerned;
  • research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • wide experience of different forms and levels of delivering university teaching, at BA and MA level;
  • broad teaching skills, relevant to multiple departments in the Faculty of Humanities;
  • excellent organizational experience and skills;
  • the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), or willingness to acquire this within the first two years;
  • experience of digital and audiovisual teaching facilities; affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • a good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organizational experience and skills;
  • teaching and admin duties require native or near-native fluency in Dutch and English; appointments are subject to the candidate’s proficiency in both, or their undertaking to acquire possible thorough knowledge of Dutch and English as speedily as possible; non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years. Passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language (NT2), programme II, is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract.


The contract is initially temporary for a period of two years. Subject to a positive assessment, it will be converted to a permanent contract. The start of the contract is scheduled for 1 August 2020.
The scope of the employment contract is 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE). The UFO profile of assistant professor applies to this position (salary scale 11/12, depending on relevant work experience). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:

  • Prof. Remieg Aerts, Chair of the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies