Thursday, November 15, 2012

CD 05/01/13 - Netherlands: 1 Professor (Historical Archaeology North of the Alps) at University of Amsterdam

Source: Dick van der Vaart

The department of History, Archaeology and Area Studies has a vacancy for a professor of:

Historical Archaeology North of the Alps
1.0 fte (permanent position)

The chair in Historical Archaeology North of the Alps encompasses a broad spectrum of teaching and research.

The chair in Historical Archaeology North of the Alps covers a broad domain, spanning the archaeology of all of North Western Europe over the period from the later Middle Ages into the Modern period. There is a special emphasis on the development of settlements in their dif-ferent landscapes and social contexts. The chair demands a fundamental knowledge of new methods and techniques and an approach that pairs a cultural and historical perspective with a sensitivity to aspects of heritage and identity.

In the years ahead, study programmes will be integrated within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), run jointly by the UvA and VU University Am-sterdam. The new professor is interested in issues at the interface of his or her own field of expertise and other specialisations, extending beyond the domain of ACASA to encompass history, heritage studies and other relevant disciplines and, where applicable, to the Centre for Medieval Studies. The new professor will be expected to contribute to the long-term devel-opment of education and research in the field of archaeology by drawing on and intensifying such collaborations. His or her area of teaching will be tied to one or more of the curricular specialisations. In the field of research, the new professor’s activities are to result in the suc-cessful acquisition of external grants, funds and/or doctoral positions.

The UvA 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 VU University Amsterdam. In the area of teaching, such innovations include the development of a new BA programme and of several MA tracks recently launched at ACASA, as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration to reconfigure and set up new BA and MA study programmes at the interface of archaeology and heritage. In the area of research, the new professor will assume a prominent position in the ‘Heritage and Identity’ priority area and in the acquisition of re-search grants and doctoral positions. The professor is further expected to contribute relevant expertise to the acquisition and realisation of projects carried out in collaboration with the lo-cal public sector and commercial parties. Strong links with the heritage sector, particularly urban archaeology, and insight into policy developments are also essential.

Required qualifications
Candidates for the position are expected to meet the following requirements:
• a PhD in Archaeology;
• an international reputation in Archaeology North of the Alps; 
• the ability to establish productive connections with other academic disciplines within as well as outside the department;
• research matching one of the Faculty’s research priority areas; 
• an excellent publication record; 
• an extensive international network;
• an experienced and enthusiastic teacher;
• experience in developing new teaching programs;
• a proven track record of acquiring external research funding;
• proven management capacities.

The appointment will be permanent, after a period of two years on a temporary basis and sat-isfactory performance. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2, between €4,904 and €7,142 gross per month (€ 68.459 - € 99.702 per annum, including 8% holiday pay and an 8,3% end of year payment) on a full-time basis in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.

Further details
Please check the information about chairs at the Faculty of Humanities. For further details, interested parties should contact the secretary of the selection committee, D. van der Vaart, phone +31(0)20-525.3804, e-mail D.vandervaart(at), or prof. Jan Willem van Henten, tel. 020-525.8816, e-mail J.W.vanHenten(at)

Application procedure
Please submit a letter of application in Dutch or English no later than January 5th, 2013, ac-companied by a CV and a list of publications. The application should be addressed to The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor F.P.I.M. van Vree, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. The top left-hand corner of the envelope should be marked with the vacancy number and the words ‘strictly confidential’. Alternatively, applications may be sent by email to Please indicate the vacancy number in the subject field.

Applications will be received by a selection committee headed by the chair of the department of History, Archaeology and Area Studies, Prof. Henk van Nierop. Following a procedure, which may involve a formal assessment and a public trial lecture, the committee will make its final recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. 


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