Vacancy: Assistent Professor Visual and Material Culture (VU University)

We are looking for an assistant professor of visual and material culture to strengthen our research and teaching within the Department of Arts & Culture, History and Antiquity (AHA) of the Faculty of Humanities

We seek a colleague who can contribute to (and further develop) our interdisciplinary teaching and research. We teach in Dutch and English in a bachelor’s programme (Media, Art, Design, and Architecture, MKDA), and in several master’s programmes in Arts & Culture and the research master’s in Humanities. We expect the candidate to participate in interdisciplinary international networks with research that enriches our approach to the history/theory of art, design, media and architecture. We offer a tenure track contract.

Your duties

  • create a stimulating educational environment for students of all levels (bachelor, master, PhD)
  • conduct innovative research (within the interfaculty research institute CLUE+) and publish about it in the relevant national and international academic journals
  • working together with your colleagues on the further development of  research and education within the department of Arts & Culture
  • active involvement in the application and acquisition of external research grants, both individually and in cooperation with colleagues


  • a completed PhD dissertation in the humanities with a focus on the history and/or theory of visual and/or material culture
  • research output appropriate to career stage, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications
  • relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level, evidenced by good evaluations
  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or equivalent, or willing to obtain it within the foreseeable future
  • excellent command of both English and Dutch (preferably from the start, alternatively willing to achieve level C1 in both languages in two years time)
  • extensive knowledge of the (history of) visual and material culture, preferably from an interdisciplinary or transhistorical perspective (think of media art, environmental humanities, creativity), and a critical engagement with  established disciplinary/western canons


We offer a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 5 years starting 1 December 2023. Tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for Assistant Professor are fulfilled. For the duration of the tenure track, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, attempts to acquire research funding either individually or in consortia, academic service and valorisation.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum € 5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.


We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 450 staff members, and we are home to around 2,000 students.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15 August 2023.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. Katja Kwastek
Position: Professor of Art History

More information and application.