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Are you exceptionally interested in social science and specifically in the discipline of sociology? The Department of Sociology at University of Amsterdam has an opening for two Assistant professors of Sociology!

closing date: 1 March 2020

Level of education: PhD

Hours: 38 hours per week

salary indication: €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month


Are you exceptionally interested in social science and specifically in the discipline of sociology? Is it your ambition to become an excellent teacher and researcher at a leading university? Are you willing to be part of our departmental community and to play an active role in the organization of teaching and research? Do you have a strong profile in either i) migration sociology, ii) urban sociology, iii) welfare state sociology, iv) digital sociology, v) the sociology of climate/sustainability, or vi) work/labour sociology, or a combination of these specialisations? The Department of Sociology at University of Amsterdam has an opening for two Assistant professors of Sociology, in these fields of specialisation only.

What are you going to do?

You will be actively contributing to the department, its teaching programs, the research group (the department is organised into three research ‘programme groups’), the interdisciplinary centres, and so forth. The post will require you:

  • to contribute to the broad and diverse teaching and research profile of sociology in Amsterdam by educational initiatives and publishing and participating in national and international research networks;
  • to develop and coordinate courses in the field of sociology and tailored to meet societal demand and the needs of students;
  • to teach general, specialist and methodological courses in the BSc-, MSc, Research Master’s- and PhD-programs of our department, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students;
  • to develop, carry out and supervise empirical sociological research at a high academic level, develop international leadership in this field, develop a line of research in collaboration with junior staff members and other researchers working at the programme groups in sociology and the wider Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR);
  • to acquire and help to acquire external funding for research (also alongside junior researchers);
  • to engage in activities in the public sphere and in other arenas outside academia;
  • to carry out administrative tasks.

What do we require of you?

You will have:

  • a PhD degree and preferably experience as a post-doc researcher or (junior) faculty member;
  • a strong general knowledge of the field of sociology, including a clear track record in at least one of the sociological specializations: i) migration sociology, ii) urban sociology, iii) sociology of welfare states, iv) digital sociology, v) sociology of climate/sustainability, or vi) sociology of work, or a combination of these specialisations;
  • a proven record of high-quality teaching, preferably at BSc-, MSc- and PhD-level. Alongside this we expect a strong commitment to teaching general and specialist courses in the BSc and MSc programs in Sociology and in the interdisciplinary Research Master Social Sciences;
  • a strong track record in empirical social-scientific research in one or more of the specializations mentioned, thus concerning urgent societal problems, as exemplified in a strong publication record in internationally peer reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized presses;
  • the ability to acquire research funding from external sources (e.g. Netherlands’ Organization for Scientific Research, the European Research Council, or other research councils, European Union, or other national and international funding agencies);
  • a thorough mastery of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
  • a track record in administration and commitment to carry out administrative tasks;
  • a proven commitment to public or policy sociology and/or engagement with non-academic actors;
  • adequate knowledge of Dutch, or the willingness to develop a working proficiency in Dutch language within two years.

You are:

  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or Senior Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalents), or willing to acquire such a qualification on a fairly short term.


What can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Our offer

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of two years, with conditions for a tenured appointment agreed upon at the time of hiring. The preferred starting date is 1 September 2020. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary will range from €3,637 (start scale 11) to €5,656 (end scale 12) depending on relevant work experience and qualifications. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Cao) is applicable. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for ongoing study and development. 


For more information regarding this vacancy and the application process, please visit the official webpage.