Assistant Professor in Global Economic and Social History with a focus on modern Latin America (tenure track)

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    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
    Cultural studies
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    03/11/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Amsterdam


The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Global Economic and Social History, with a specialization in the history of Latin America (1800 up to present). Starting date will be 1 February 2022. The successful applicant will play a central role in teaching our courses on Global Economic and Social History (GESH). 30% of working time will be available for research. VU historians are actively involved in the CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History, and Heritage and in national and international research networks and schools.

Your duties

  • teaching and developing courses in GESH and participating in other courses in the broader Geschiedenis (Dutch) and History and International Studies (English) BA programmes as well as in our MA programmes; supervision and evaluation of bachelor’s and master’s theses. Examples of courses that you may be asked to teach are the first-year introductory course on global history (World History 1800–present) and the second-year courses on the history of capitalism (Handel en kapitalisme) and on Transatlantic Connections
  • initiating and performing outstanding research leading to new publications
  • preparing or participating in the writing of grant applications
  • administrative or management tasks, including an active role in recruiting new students

More Information


We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years, Starting at 1 February 2022. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation. After a successful evaluation, permanent employment will be granted.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,807 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,211 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.7 FTE.

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)
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 3 November 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. Pepijn Brandon
Position: Professor designate of Global Economic and Social History
E-mail: p.brandon@vu.nl

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • a completed PhD thesis in History that demonstrates a clear affinity with methods of Global Economic and Social History, with a focus on the modern history of Latin America
  • a proven track record of independent research, as demonstrated by publications (one or more books; chapters in volumes; articles in academic journals) and contributions to public debate
  • experience in working with Latin American archival collections (which may include digitized collections), and an academic network (or network in development) with connections to scholars and institutions located in Latin America
  • relevant teaching experience (as evidenced by excellent teaching evaluations) as well as a teaching qualification (BKO/UTQ or similar), or a willingness to obtain such qualification within the first two years of appointment
  • the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
  • the ability to communicate and teach in Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch within two years (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)


  • versatility in the use of digital humanities methods
  • demonstrated ability in writing research proposals to acquire external research funding
  • openness to building connections between your own areas of expertise and ongoing research projects within the Global Economic and Social History group that might fall outside your immediate specialism (including, but not limited to: environmental history; migration history; the history of capitalism, colonialism, and decolonization)

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
1081 HV
De Boelelaan 1105

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