Professor of Sociology, in Particular Cultural Sociology
Closing date 15 September 2019
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €5,039 to €8,127 gross per month
Are you exceptionally interested in social science, and specifically in the discipline of sociology? Is it your ambition to become a top-tier teacher and researcher at a leading university? Do you have a strong profile in the sociological study of culture in the broadest sense of the term? The Department of Sociology has an opening for a Full professor of Cultural Sociology. You will be embedded in the program group ‘Cultural Sociology’, of which the members share an understanding that the dynamics (invention, accumulation, diffusion, adjustment and dissolution) of culture are crucial to understand human social life.
What will you be doing?
You will study culture as it pertains to urgent contemporary societal issues, preferably from a comparative and historical perspective. You will display academic leadership in both research and teaching, and establish a bridge between the two other sociological research programs at the UvA. You will also be actively involved in managing the department, the program group, the interdisciplinary centres, the teaching programs and so forth. You will be asked, in short:
- to contribute to the broad and diverse research and teaching profile of Sociology in Amsterdam;
- to develop, carry out and supervise empirical sociological research at a high academic level, develop international leadership in this field, develop a research line in collaboration with junior staff members and other researchers working at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and its sociology Program Groups;
- to develop and lead educational programs in the field of sociology and tailored to meet societal demand and the needs of students;
- to teach general, specialist and methodological courses in the Bachelor’s-, Master’s-, Research Master’s- and PhD-programs of our department, and supervising graduate students;
- to acquire and help to acquire external funding for research (also on behalf of junior researchers);
- to actively contribute to the development of sociology in the national and international context by publishing and participating in national and international research networks and educational initiatives;
- to carry out administrative tasks.
What do we require of you?
- a strong general knowledge in the field of sociology, including a track record in sociological theory;
- an outstanding track record in empirical research that pertains the priorities of the Program Group Cultural Sociology, thus on urgent societal problems, as exemplified in a strong publication record in internationally peer reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized press;
- a demonstrated ability to acquire research funding from external sources (e.g. Netherlands’ Organization for Scientific Research, the European Research Council, or other research councils, European Union, or other national and international funding agencies);
- thorough mastery of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
- a proven record of high-quality teaching, preferably at Bachelor’s-, Master’s- and PhD-level. Also a commitment to teaching general and specialist courses in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Sociology and in the interdisciplinary Research Master Social Sciences;
- a track record in administration and commitment to carry out administrative tasks; and
- an adequate knowledge of Dutch, or the willingness to learn the Dutch language within two years.
- committed to the research agenda of the AISSR in general and the Program Group ‘Cultural sociology’ in particular, and committed to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations in this specific field;
- in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or Senior Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalents), or willing to acquire such a qualification on a fairly short term.
What can we offer you?
A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.
To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.
Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:
Prof. Jan Rath, Chair of the Department of Sociology
T: +31 (0)6 55409466
A document describing the profile of this Full Professorship in greater details is available upon request.
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The position concerns an appointment of 38 hours per week. The starting date is negotiable. Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €5,582 and a maximum salary of €8,127 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale H2, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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.
Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive:
- a concise statement of motivation (2 pages max.);
- your CV and list of publications;
- a statement outlining research plans (2 pages max.);
- a statement outlining teaching philosophy and reflection on teaching evaluations(1 page max.);
- names and addresses of three referees.
All documents should be collected and sent as ONE single pdf document. At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing.
The deadline for applications is 15 September 2019. Interviews will take place in October 2019.