HOURS PER WEEK: 38 to 40
FACULTY: Faculty of Humanities
DEPARTMENT: Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 26 February 2023
The vacancy is part of a broad recruitment campaign in which the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Utrecht is looking for more than 40 talented and passionate assistant professors, who, based on their subject matter expertise, want to contribute to strengthening our interdisciplinary education and its connection with urgent social themes.
We are looking for colleagues who find it interesting and challenging to teach and conduct research within more than one disciplinary and institutional context. Such a cross-boundary perspective is most successful and satisfying when working from a specialisation. We are therefore looking for colleagues who unite a subject specialisation with a discipline-transcending perspective and who can give shape to multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary team teaching and team science from a specific subject expertise within and between the broad domains of Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Cultural Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication (or who want to develop further in this).
The Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University is looking for assistant professors who find it interesting and challenging to teach and conduct research within more than one disciplinary and institutional context. In our opinion, such a cross-boundary perspective is most successful and satisfying when working from a specialisation.
We are therefore looking for colleagues who unite a subject specialisation with a discipline-transcending perspective and who can give shape to multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary team teaching and team science from a specific subject expertise within and between the broad domains of Philosophy and Religious Studies/History and Art History/Media and Cultural Studies/Languages, Literature and Communication (or who want to develop further in this).
The Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University deploys the extra resources from the Administrative Agreement (Bestuursakkoord) in such a way that they are beneficial for team collaboration and the sustainability of humanities research.
We are looking for candidates who:
- have teaching and research expertise in the field of Italian Studies;
- hold a completed PhD in Italian Studies or in a comparable knowledge domain;
- have a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link that field in teaching and/or research with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
- have an open attitude and are able to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
- are motivated to contribute to the nation-wide academic teaching of Italian Studies in the Netherlands and are willing to teach in courses offered by Italian Studies programs outside Utrecht;
- are interested in team teaching and team science to address social issues.
- Experience or interest in computational and/or data-driven perspectives on Language, Literature and Communication will be considered an advantage.
All our assistant professors have obtained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification external link (UTQ, in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). The BKO is recognized by all 14 Dutch universities. Candidates who do not yet have a BKO or an international equivalent will receive support to obtain this qualification in the first two years of their appointment.
(Personal) leadership and responsibility are part of your job. That is why you recognise yourself in the following core values that are central to the Faculty of Humanities: professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connection and safety. These core values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and to others. Read more about our core values external link and how they translate into concrete behaviour.
Candidates with affinity, experience and/or appealing research and educational plans in the field of the following social issues are particularly invited to respond:
- Human artificial intelligence – Responsible design and use of AI applications, digitisation and technology;
- Cultural heritage and identity – Material and intangible heritage;
- Languages and cultures – Language variation, literacy and inclusion in the digital society – Multilingualism, transculturality and second language acquisition in education and organisations; and
- (in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance) Prosperity, participation and citizenship in a digital world – Communication, information and social inequality.
We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) of which the allocation is permanently set to 40% research and 60% teaching for one year in an international working environment. Within the 60% for teaching, there is 10% free space that will not be scheduled. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year and a considerable number of holidays.
In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions external link, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University external link.
Utrecht University works with the TRIPLE external link model; this makes it possible to recognise and value multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research. The model also embraces job diversification and dynamic career paths: there is room to develop your own strengths and look at how you complement and strengthen the team as a whole.
Within Utrecht University, we find it important that employees continue to develop within their own position or towards the next. We offer coaching and a variety of training opportunities external link.
About the organisation
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University external link, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes external link. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
Around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff are affiliated to the Faculty of Humanities external link. The faculty comprises four areas of expertise: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Cultural Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. Through education and research in these areas, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and excellent facilities in Utrecht external link‘s historic city centre, where the faculty is housed external link, ensure an inspiring working climate.
Faculty members of the Department Languages, Literature and Communication external link (TLC) of the Humanities Faculty specialize in West-European languages and cultures in a global perspective. They study language, language behaviour and the way in which people communicate through language. They also study literature and culture from Classical Antiquity to the 21st century. The department is committed to cross-discipline research and teaching. The undergraduate programme Celtic languages and culture external link and the graduate programmes Translation studies external link and Intercultural communication external link are unique in the Netherlands.
You will work in the Italian Studies section external link that is part of the department of Languages, Literature and Communication. This is a team chaired by a full professor and comprising 8 colleagues, 4 male and 4 female. Half of these colleagues have Italian as their native language, the other half Dutch. This team is responsible for a wide range of courses, in various programmes at BA, MA and RMA levels: the BA Italian, the BA Liberal Arts and Sciences, the academic masters Intercultural Communication, Literary Translation, Professional Translation and Linguistics, and the research masters Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Comparative Literary Studies and Linguistics. Collaboration and co-teaching with colleagues from other Italian Studies departments in The Netherlands is appreciated and stimulated, as part of Masterlanguage and the national sectoral plan for the languages. The research of the Italian Studies team members is situated within the profile and organization of the two research institutes in the domain of the department of Languages, Literature and Communication: the Institute for Cultural Inquiry external link (ICON) and the Institute for Language Sciences external link (ILS).
Everyone deserves to feel at home external link at our university. We therefore welcome staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, regardless of race, skin colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, origin, neurodiversity, disability or age.
If you recognise yourself in this profile, we would like to invite you to apply. Please send us your application details via the application button below. Your application details consist of:
- cover letter;
- CV and publication list;
- concise research plan showing alignment with the research profile of department/team/department (max. 400 words).
- concise teaching plan, articulating your ideas and any questions about the development of your teaching over the next few years (max. 400 words)
To obtain an even better (or additional) picture of your experience, knowledge and competences, we may consult your public information on LinkedIn.
Job interviews will take place in March in Utrecht. An online interview, a trial course or an assessment may be part of the application procedure. The start date is August 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.
The application deadline is 26 February 2023.