Chair of Global Economic and Social History
The Faculty of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is seeking to fill the Chair in Global Economic and Social History (GESH).The successful …
- De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 32 - 40 uur
- € 5190 - € 8371 per maand
The Faculty of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is seeking to fill the Chair in Global Economic and Social History (GESH).
The successful applicant will assume leadership of a dynamic research group which focuses on economic developments in a societal context, from 1800 to the present, linking local and global developments, and with a special interest in the challenges of Eurocentrism. The character of the chair is explicitly interdisciplinary, and the chair holder is expected to establish collaborations within the faculty and beyond – in particular with the VU School of Business and Economics. The Global Economic and Social History Chair presently concentrates on the history of capitalism, history of overseas trade networks, history of labour, history of migration and forced displacement patterns, maritime history, and history of knowledge societies and economies.
In terms of teaching, Global Economic and Social History has a key position in the three-year Bachelor’s Programme History and International Studies, the one-year Master’s specialization in Global History and International Studies, and the Global History track of the two-year Humanities Research Master’s Programme of the VU Graduate School of Humanities. Teaching is research based and includes undergraduate survey courses as well as specialized seminars. Some courses are also open to students of the VU School of Business and Economics.
In addition to doing research and taking up research leadership, supervision, and teaching, the successful applicant will also be expected to play a part in the life and administration of the department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity, as well as in the Faculty of Humanities as a whole.
- PhD degree in a relevant field, and with proven expertise in economics
- extensive research experience in Global Economic and Social History and current historiographic and theoretical debates in this field, beyond a focus on Europe and North America, supported by a list of outstanding publications, and preferably connected to one of the Chair’s existing research themes: history of capitalism, history of overseas trade networks, history of labour, history of migration and forced displacement patterns, maritime history, and history of knowledge societies and economies
- proven outstanding competence in academic teaching in Global Economic and Social History and related fields, in particular in international, diverse classrooms, while supporting more diversity in teaching and learning
- sustained competence in academic leadership, including supervision of doctoral students and management experience of larger academic teams
- the ability also to take on a more generalist role beyond one’s own specialization in teaching, contributing to research programmes, and supervising young scholars in Global Economic and Social History
- the ability to collaborate across disciplines and across Faculties; the ability to design research projects and teaching modules in connection with pressing social issues and with partners from outside academia
- (near) native proficiency (C1 level at least) in English. For those who are not native speakers of Dutch also a willingness to acquire at least a passive understanding of the Dutch language within two years after appointment
- proven outstanding competence in applying for research funding and willingness to design and submit new research proposals
- experience in establishing effective and enduring relationships with scholarly institutions and societal stakeholders like heritage institutions, finance and business, and wider society
- interest in addressing the history of the Netherlands in a global context
ConditionsThe nature of the initial appointment depends on the qualifications and track record of the successful applicant, and may either be temporary with the intention of permanent appointment upon a mutually positive assessment, or (in case of exceptional qualifications and experience) permanent from the start. Preferred starting date is September 1, 2021.
On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,190 (scale 13) and a maximum of €8,371 (scale H2), depending on qualifications and experience. The job profile will be UHD (Associate Professor) or Hoogleraar-2 (Full Professor), based on the Dutch university job ranking system, and is vacant for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE. In case of an appointment as Associate Professor, we will offer a tenure track towards Full Professorship.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- solid pension scheme (ABP)
- optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
Additional informationAre you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button before February 8, 2021 and upload the following documents:
- a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria mentioned above
- your CV and publication record
- a research programme (max. 2.000 words) focused on the period from 1800 to the present
- the names and e-mail addresses of two scholars whom we may contact for a reference letter
The evaluation, interviews and selection process will take place in February and March 2021. An assessment event at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or on line can be part of the selection process.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Professor Susan Legêne
Position: Dean of the Faculty of Humanities