Research School for Economic and Social History


Assistant Professor Global Economic and Social History with a focus on modern Latin America (tenure, VU Amsterdam) – deadline 2 Nov. 2021

The Department of Art & Culture, History, and Antiquity of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Global Economic and Social History, with a specialization in the history of Latin America (1800 up to present). The successful applicant will play a central role in teaching our courses on Global Economic and Social History (GESH). 30% of working time will be available for research. VU historians are actively involved in the CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History, and Heritage and in national and international research networks and schools.

Your duties

  • Teaching and developing courses in GESH and participating in other courses in the broader Geschiedenis (Dutch) and History and International Studies (English) BA programmes as well as in our MA programmes; supervision and evaluation of bachelor’s and master’s theses.
  • Initiating and performing outstanding research leading to new publications
  • Preparing or participating in the writing of grant applications
  • Administrative or management tasks, including an active role in recruiting new students


  • A completed PhD thesis in History that demonstrates a clear affinity with methods of Global Economic and Social History, with a focus on the modern history of Latin America
  • A proven track record of independent research, as demonstrated by publications (one or more books; chapters in volumes; articles in academic journals) and contributions to public debate
  • Experience in working with Latin American archival collections (which may include digitized collections), and an academic network (or network in development) with connections to scholars and institutions located in Latin America
  • Relevant teaching experience (as evidenced by excellent teaching evaluations) as well as a teaching qualification (BKO/UTQ or similar), or a willingness to obtain such qualification within the first two years of appointment
  • The ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
  • The ability to communicate and teach in Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch within two years (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)


  • Versatility in the use of digital humanities methods
  • Demonstrated ability in writing research proposals to acquire external research funding
  • Openness to building connections between your own areas of expertise and ongoing research projects within the Global Economic and Social History group that might fall outside your immediate specialism (including, but not limited to: environmental history; migration history; the history of capitalism, colonialism, and decolonization)

Applications (open from 14 October!)

  • The application time window will open on 14 October 2021 and will close on 2 November 2021, 23:59
  • Application will only be processed via the application portal, which will open on 14 October 2021 via Vacatures – >Werken bij VU
  • Please note that applications by e-mail will not be accepted


Full info and application (available 14 Oct.)