Research Assistant in Rural Imaginations

University of Amsterdam


Research Assistant in ‘Rural Imaginations’

Publication date 6 July 2020

Closing date 15 August 2020

Level of education Master's degree

Hours 19 hours per week

Salary indication €2,656 to €3,548 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Vacancy number 20-391

The Faculty of Humanities offers a six month research assistant position as part of the research project Rural Imaginations, led by Prof. Esther Peeren. Applications are invited from excellent candidates who wish to gain experience working in a research project and to develop their own research in an area related to the project. Information about the research project can be found here.

Job description

The research assistant will:

  • publish a peer-reviewed article on a topic related to the Rural Imaginations project;
  • write a PhD research proposal on a topic related to the Rural Imaginations project;
  • assist Prof. Esther Peeren and other members of the Rural Imaginations project with tasks including website maintenance, workshop organization and editing.


The successful applicant must have:

  • an MA or research-MA in Cultural Analysis, Literary Studies, English or a related discipline;
  • demonstrable experience in:
    • website maintenance
    • text editing (in English), academic referencing systems
    • the organization of academic workshops/conferences
  • demonstrable familiarity with:excellent skills in academic English, both written and spoken;
    • the theoretical frameworks mobilized by the Rural Imaginations project
    • the close analysis of (popular) cultural objects (literature, film, television)
  • excellent social and organizational skills;
  • ability and willingness to work in a team;
  • an international orientation.

Our offer

The research assistant will get an employment contract for 19 hours per week (0.5 FTE) for a period of 6 months at the Research Department of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The intended starting date of the employment contract is 1 October 2020. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €2,656 to €3,548 (scale 8). The UFO profile for this position is Researcher assistant 3.  The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

  • Prof. Esther Peeren 

Would you like to learn more about working at the University of Amsterdam? Visit our website.

Job application

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.

Applications should include in a single PhD file:

  • a full academic CV;
  • a motivation letter (of up to three pages), explicating how the expertise of the candidate aligns with the Rural Imaginations research project and an indication of the candidate’s ideas for the article and PhD research proposal;
  • a writing sample (preferably a chapter of the MA thesis);
  • the names and contact details of two referees.

Applicants must have completed their MA before the start of the contract.

Please submit your application no later than 15 August 2020 using the link below. Only complete applications received via this link will be considered.

No agencies please

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