Assistant Professor Sociology (Health and Gender) / Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Maatschappij- & Gedragswetenschappen
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  22 May 2022
Vacaturenummer:  8698

Are you a promising scholar with an interdisciplinary background? Are you specialized in the field of health, gender and sexuality and do you have a strong commitment to teaching, teaching innovation and research?


The Bachelor Programme Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology are looking for an Assistant Professor of Sociology specialized in Health, Gender and Sexuality. You will become a member of the Political Sociology Programme Group.


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is a rapidly growing and innovative Bachelor programme. In this programme students learn to integrate insights from five disciplines in the social sciences: sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology and geography. The aim of the programme is to form professionals able to analyze and address complex societal challenges. To this end the programme has developed learning trajectories on methodology, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. In the latter we cooperate with societal partners.


Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is a programme taught in Dutch.


We are looking for an assistant professor who can undertake teaching and research both on Health and on Gender and Sexuality.


What are you going to do


As assistant professor you combine teaching (60% of your time) and research (40% of your time).


You will mainly teach in the Bachelor programme Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. You will play a role in the minor Global Health, Care and Society. Within this minor you will undertake important tasks, such as transforming the introductory course on health into a course in which gender is also addressed. You will supervise Bachelor theses on Health and/or Gender & Sexuality. Other possible courses you might teach are Onderzoeksmethoden 2 or Academische Vaardigheden.


Being responsible for a course implies developing and implementing the teaching (lectures and seminars), but also providing guidance for, and leading, a team of up to 13 junior lecturers who do most of the seminar teaching in the courses. You will play a role in curriculum development and perform management tasks in, for example, the Programme Committee or Exam board. In addition to your teaching in the Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences you will also teach in one of the Master programmes of the Graduate School Social Sciences.


You will develop your research profile through innovative research, high quality publications and collaboration with different (non) academic parties. You will become part of and will be supported by the Political Sociology programme group. This programme group has a strong track record of research on health and health care, and on gender and sexuality.


Members of the programme group are active in different interdisciplinary research networks, such as the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, the interfaculty research priority areas Personal Microbiome Health and Urban Mental Health, Sarphati Amsterdam and various international research projects. We expect you to play an active role in these kinds of collaborations, both intellectually and in management. We furthermore consider it of high importance that you are willing to take part in committees or other kinds of activities in support of the organization (good citizenship).


What do we require


You have:


  • a PhD degree in sociology or one of the other disciplines in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences;
  • an interdisciplinary profile and experience with interdisciplinary research;
  • experience with transdisciplinary teaching, or the willingness to develop this;
  • 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 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and MSc or Research Master Programs of the Graduate School of Social Sciences;
  • a demonstrable program in empirical research related on Health, Gender and Sexuality, related to the 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;
  • fluency in Dutch and English (you are able to teach and grade in both Dutch and English).


You are:

  • a good team player and networker, and are able to navigate and connect different constituencies (the teaching team, the program group, different departments);
  • in possession of the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification or Senior Teaching Qualification (or foreign equivalents), or willing to acquire such a qualification in the 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 30,4 -38 hours per week (either 0.8FTE – 1.0 FTE). 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 Collective Labour 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.


In our teaching and research we adopt the view that good social science teaching and research requires a staff which reflects the diversity of society. We want to encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply as we are striving for a more diverse staff composition.


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 22 May 2022


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

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a teaching statement (1 page), in which you also reflect on how you handle diversity issues – in the broadest sense – in the classroom;
  • a research statement (1 page) outlining your research achievements and plans;
  • your curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • one published research article or book chapter which is representative of your current work;
  • your letter of motivation and/or teaching statement should include concrete examples which evidence your capacity to teach and grade in Dutch;
  • the contact details of two academic references (no letters of recommendation are required at this time).



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.


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