Employment: Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History, VU University Amsterdam

Closing date 29th November 2013

Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History,
VU University Amsterdam.

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VU unit: Faculty of Arts
Vacancy number: 13315
Date of publication: October 10, 2013
Closing date: November 29, 2013

VU University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 25,000 students.

The Faculty of Arts of VU University Amsterdam, located in Amsterdam’s burgeoning Zuidas district, is a dynamic faculty with expertise in the areas of language, communication, art, culture and history. The teaching we provide in our degree programmes covers the full breadth of the disciplines involved while offering unique opportunities for truly in-depth, focussed study. Our research is firmly embedded in the university’s various interfaculty research institutes. In addition, the faculty is a real innovator in the field of social entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.

The faculty has five departments. The Department of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient Studies is responsible for the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Archaeology, Classics and Ancient Civilisations as well as the interdisciplinary Research Master Ancient Studies.

Job description
The chair in Ancient History is part of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient Studies; the successful candidate will also teach courses within the Department of History. His/her teaching and research cover a broad domain, spanning the Greco-Roman world and the Ancient Near East. The chair is assisted by a lecturer/assistant professor in Greco-Roman history and a lecturer/assistant professor appointed for the teaching of Ancient Near Eastern languages (esp. Akkadian) and literature. The chair participates in the research cluster “A New Mediterranean Panorama: the Identity of the Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BC – AD 2000”, which is accommodated by the Research Institute CLUE. We seek a scholar whose research focuses on the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean without restricting the call to a specific field or academic background/education. Emphasis is laid on a broad and interdisciplinary approach.

In the years ahead, study programmes will be integrated within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), run jointly by the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The new professor is interested in issues at the interface of his or her own field of expertise and other specialisations within the domain of ACASA. He/she is broadly available for the education programme of the Department. In the field of research, the new professor’s activities are to result in the successful acquisition of external grants and funds for Ph-D. students and post-docs.

VU University Amsterdam has launched a substantial drive to innovate teaching and research in the years ahead, which will also feed into defining and structuring its partnership with the UvA. In the area of teaching, such innovations include the development of a new BA programme and of several MA tracks recently launched at ACASA.


The prospective professor:

  • has a PhD on an historical topic in the field of Ancient Studies;

  • has an international reputation in his/her field;

  • is fully committed to a broad interdisciplinary approach of the Ancient World and able to establish productive connections with other academic disciplines within the department;

  • has an excellent international publication record;

  • has an extensive international network, as evidenced by participation in international research projects and research networks;

  • is a committed lecturer who provides inspiring teaching (positive teaching evaluations);

  • has experience in developing new teaching programs;

  • has experience in the supervision of PhD-students;

  • has a proven track record of acquiring external research funding;

  • has evident communicative and organisational skills and proven experience with administrative tasks;

  • foreign candidates are expected to learn Dutch within two years as well as being fluent in English.

Further particulars
The selection process may involve a trial lecture and/or an assessment. The employment contract will have a duration of two years. In case of a positive evaluation this will be followed by a permanent employment contract. If the applicant has not yet acquired externally funded research projects, a tenure track position may be offered. The terms and conditions of employment and our generous benefits can be found on our website www.workingatvu.nl

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel range from a minimum of € 5003,00 gross per month up to a maximum of € 7285,00 gross per month (salary scale H2) based on a fulltime employment. The Faculty of Arts is seeking to fill the following vacancy as of 1 September 2014.

Information and application

For additional information contact the secretary of the selection committee:
Dr. K. Kleber, phone +31 20-5986478, e-mail: k.kleber@vu.nl or Prof. 
Nico Roymans, phone +31 20-5986369, e-mail: n.g.a.m.roymans@vu.nl

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae. Written applications should be sent before November 29, 2013 to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Arts
to the attention of: A.W. Mulder, managing director
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It is also possible to apply by e-mail to: vacature.let@vu.nl via the Apply button below.

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mailheader or at the top of your letter and on the envelope.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.


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