Assistant Professor in Sociology

University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences


Assistant Professor in Sociology

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Educational level:  Promoted
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  1 June 2022
Vacancy number:  8488

Are you a promising scholar with a strong commitment to teaching and research? The Department of Sociology is looking for an Assistant Professor of Sociology, who will be part of the Cultural Sociology programme group.

The department of sociology is a broad, pluralistic sociology department, consisting of three program groups (Cultural Sociology; Political Sociology; Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses). The department has a long tradition and international reputation in Gender & Sexuality teaching and research; apart from offering courses on this topic in the Bachelor and Master program in Sociology, staff members teach in the interdisciplinary minor programme Gender & Sexuality.

The department is also strongly affiliated with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, an internationally recognized forum for scholars and students of gender and sexuality in the social sciences. To strengthen this profile, the programme group is looking specifically for a candidate with a track record or demonstrable interest in the sociology of gender and sexuality; the candidate should also strengthen the group’s existing research interests and expertise in cultural sociology. While qualitative and quantitative research skills are equally welcome, the knowledge of novel research methodologies is a plus.

What are you going to do

In your position of an Assistant Professor you are expected to actively contribute to the broad and diverse teaching and research profile of sociology in Amsterdam by:

  • teaching courses in the field of sociology, in particular sociology of gender and sexuality;
  • teaching courses in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and statistics;
  • developing, carrying out and supervising empirical sociological research at a high academic level, develop a line of research fitting in the programme group, department and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) ;
  • acquiring and helping to acquire external funding for research;
  • engaging in activities in the public sphere and in other environments outside academia;
  • carrying out administrative tasks.

What do we require

You have:

  • a PhD degree in sociology or a related discipline;
  • a proven record of high-quality teaching; experience or affinity with an international, diverse classroom; you are passionate about teaching and committed to teaching general and specialist courses in the BSc and MSc programs in Sociology and in the interdisciplinary Research Master Social Sciences;
  • a demonstrable program in empirical research related to the Cultural Sociology group’s profile exemplified in journal articles, book publications or other forms of scholarly output;
  • the potential to acquire research funding from external sources;
  • 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 short term.

Our offer

We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have (had) an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months. The employment contract will be for 38 hours per week. Preferred starting date is 1 September 2022.

For this position the University Job Classification profile 'Universitair Docent 2' applies. Depending on relevant experience the gross monthly salary, based on fulltime employment of 38 hours per week, ranges between €3,821 and  €5,230, in keeping with salary scale 11, as per the CollectiveLabour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • A broad department passionate for understanding social life using a diverse set of empirical methods and philosophies of social science;
  • Connection to the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), that stimulates interdisciplinary research in the social sciences;
  • A job on the vibrant Roeterseiland Campus in a modern building in the heart of the city of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

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

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


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Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 June 2022.

The application should include the following material bundled in one single .pdf:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • one published research article or book chapter which is representative of your current work;
  • the contact information of two academic references (no letters of recommendation are required at this time).

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

If you encounter Error GBB451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application. 

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