Two Assistant professors of Sociology Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology


Publication date
10 July 2016
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,400 to €5,288 gross per month
Closing date
23 August 2016
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Department of Sociology is one of the Departments in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). The new assistant professors will be embedded in the program group ‘Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference’. Research and education are carried out by special institutes. The College of Social Sciences (CSS) and the Graduate School for the Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the social sciences. Research takes place under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute, the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands and possibly in Europe. The broad scope and pluralism of our education and research programs are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalization.

The Department of Sociology has an opening for two Assistant Professors (UD) of Sociology working in one or more of the following areas: sexuality, care, health, welfare state, migration/ diversity, policy or labor.

She/he is currently expected to spend 60 percent of the time on teaching, and 40 percent on research. Both activities include administrative tasks and services to the academic community.

Job description

  • Contributing to the broad and diverse research and teaching profile of sociology in Amsterdam in general and to one or more of the areas of sexuality, care, health, welfare state, migration/ diversity, policy or labor;
  • developing, carrying out and supervising high quality sociological research that is innovative, systematic, precise and relevant to social science and society;
  • developing an independent research agenda, in collaboration with junior staff members and other researchers working at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR);
  • acquiring, or helping to acquire, external funding for research;
  • teaching general, specialist and methods courses in in the disciplinary and interdisciplinary Bachelor’s and Master’s programs of the College of Social Sciences and the Graduate School of Social Sciences, and co-supervising graduate students. Part of the courses are taught at the interdisciplinary bachelor program on social sciences (ASW) in Dutch language;
  • engaging in public sociology, broadly defined;
  • actively contributing to the organization of research and teaching and to the development of the discipline in national and international contexts, by publishing and participating in national and international research networks and educational initiatives;
  • carrying out administrative tasks on behalf of the Department of Sociology, the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and their interdisciplinary centers, and the teaching programs.


Candidates should have the following credentials:

  • a PhD in sociology or one of the social sciences;
  • strong general knowledge in sociology as well as specialised;
  • knowledge and experience in one or more of above-mentioned fields;
  • demonstrated experience with empirical sociological research;
  • solid publication record, including internationally peer reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognised presses;
  • demonstrated ability to promote outstanding and innovative research and foster research collaborations (with faculty, post-doctoral researchers and PhD candidates); demonstrated or budding academic leadership;
  • demonstrated commitment to public sociology and engagement with non-academic actors;
  • a proven record of high quality and diverse academic teaching, preferably at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels;
  • ability to acquire research funding from external sources;
  • commitment to the research agenda of the AISSR in general and the Program Group ‘Political Sociology’ in particular, and commitment to enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • experience with administrative tasks and/or willingness to carry out administrative tasks;
  • adequate knowledge of Dutch, or the willingness to learn the Dutch language;
  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalent), or willingness to acquire such a qualification within two years.

Further information

For more information about this position, please contact:


The full-time appointment (38 hrs / week) 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. Depending on qualifications and experience, the salary will range from € 3,400 up to € 5,288 (scale 11/12). This is in conformity with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus. The program group furthermore provides intellectual and financial support for a range of activities.

Job application

Applications by email only. These should include:

  • a concise statement of motivation (1 page max.);
  • CV and list of publications;
  • a statement outlining research plans (1 pages max.);
  • a statement outlining teaching philosophy (1 page max.);
  • a list of three referees.

At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing. All documents should be collected and sent as one single pdf email attachment with your name in the title to not later than 23 August 2016. The job interviews will be held 16 and 27 September.

The subject of the email message and the attachment’s name must consist of the text: ‘UD Sociology Application + applicant’s last name’.

No agencies please