Assistant Professor: 'Digital Research Corpora in the Humanities'

Universiteit van Amsterdam

full-time (38 hours per week)

vacancy number W11-137

With support from a generous financial endowment by the 'Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen' (Sustainable Humanities Project), the Faculty of Humanities is able to employ a new generation of scholars. This position is one of them.

You are interested in the development and application of digital methods in the humanities. Digital research corpora of literature, art, music and language are changing the humanities in a spectacular way, leading to new questions that seemed unanswerable until very recently. The Digital Humanities or 'e-Humanities' transcend the individual humanities disciplines, and you will need to be at home in more than one discipline.


* teaching and developing teaching activities in programmes of the Department of Dutch or in the Department of Art, Religion and Cultural Studies or in the Faculty's Honours Programme Digital Humanities or in other relevant programmes (55% of the tasks)
* (co-)supervising Bachelor's and Master's theses
* independently conducting research in the area mentioned, resulting in contributions to leading international publications (40% of the tasks)
* co-supervising PhD candidates
* making a contribution to raising contract and indirect funding
* administrative duties (5% of the tasks)


* relevant PhD degree
* experience in research and excellent research skills, evidenced by publications in renowned international professional journals / book form
* a multidisciplinary background in order to be able to participate in multiple areas of the Faculty's curriculum
* teaching experience at university level and demonstrable didactic abilities and / or training, evidenced by an educational portfolio
* experience with digital and audio-visual equipment; affinity with ICT in academic education
* team spirit and organisational experience and skills
* thorough knowledge of Dutch and English; non-native Dutch speakers must achieve fluency in Dutch within two years

Further information can be obtained from:

* Prof. Frans Grijzenhout, +31-(0)20-525.2050,
* Prof. dr. Fred Weerman, +31-(0)20-525.4737,


The appointment will either be in the Department of Dutch or in the Department of Art, Religion and Cultural Studies. In addition to regular teaching duties at one of the departments you will also be required to teach a minimum of 300 hours at the other department. Research will be caried out within either the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC) or the Institute of Culture and History (ICH).

The appointment will initially be for a period of two years after which the contract may be extended by three more years, subject to satisfactory performance.

The gross monthly salary will range from €3,195 (scale 11) to €4,970 (scale 12) based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week).

Job application

Applications should be sent before 1 september 2011 to the Universiteit van Amsterdam, to the attention of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. J.F.T.M. van Dijck, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. Please state the vacancy number in the upper left corner of the envelope. You may also submit your application by e-mail to with the vacancy number in the subject field.

Applications should include:

1. a curriculum vitae
2. a research proposal (max. 500 words) related to the theme and to either the research priority area 'Cultural Transformations and Globalisation', 'Cultural Heritage and Identity' or 'Brain and Cognitive Sciences'
3. a proposal for a course that potentially fits in the Faculty's curriculum (bachelor's programme, 6 EC, given in eight weeks)

See for more information about the research priority areas and for the BA and MA programmes

The selection process will include a trial lecture. The interviews and trial lectures are scheduled for 10-14 October, 2011.

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