Assistant Professor in China-Europe Relations

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The Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies is looking for an Assistant Professor in China-Europe Relations.

What are you going to do?

You will provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) , one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR) .

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Designing and conducting independent research on the (geo)political, economic and cultural relations between China and Europe (including institutional relations between the EU and the PRC, but also other forms of political, economic and cultural engagement, transfer and competition), resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the research activities on intellectual and global history within the ASH research school;
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in both Dutch and English, in the BA and MA programmes;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

What do we require of you?

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of the history, politics and culture of modern China and its international engagements, with a particular focus on relations with Europe, current as well as longer-standing. Familiarity with the changing role of China in Europe’s neighbourhoods, East and South, will be considered a plus, and a strong affinity with research on emerging forms of political, economic and cultural contestation and competition is encouraged. Your research matches the profile of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies, and in particular the School’s two Priority Areas, ‘Europe’ and ‘Eurasia’.

You are able to develop and provide modules on topics that could include ‘Contemporary China’ or ‘The history of EU-China relations’, as well as more general modules in the BA and MA programmes in European Studies (such as courses on EU external relations and European Integration). Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile:

  • holds PhD in Area Studies, such as European Studies or China Studies, Anthropology, Geography, History, International Relations/Political Science or other relevant discipline with a research focus on Chinese foreign policy and international relations and/or China-Europe relations; relevant language proficiency will be considered a plus;
  • holds an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • provides research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • wide and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • excellent command (near-native fluency) of both Dutch and English: Non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years (passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract);
  • experience with digital and audio-visual teaching facilities and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • experienced in valorisation and practice-based education and/or research;
  • good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or is willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome.

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for a period of two years with the intention of converting it into a permanent contract after a positive assessment. The ideal starting date of the employment contract is 1 August 2021.

The gross monthly salary, dependent on relevant experience, will range from €3,746 to €5,826, based on 38 hours a week. This is excluding a generous holiday scheme (8%) and year-end bonus (8.3%). A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% rule’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch Universities  is applicable.

We additionally offer:

  • the opportunity to collaborate in your research and teaching in a dynamic interdisciplinary and international environment, within the Department of European Studies, the Faculty of Humanities, as well as part of the inter-Faculty research priority area, the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) ;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at  the University of Amsterdam.

About the Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities  provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes. The faculty offers assistant professors the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that - partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach - are world-renowned.


For questions about this position or the department you may contact:

  • Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz , Professor and Chair of European Governance

Job application

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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications (to the Dean of the faculty, Prof. F.P. Weerman), including a motivation letter, a detailed CV, a list of publications and the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide letters of recommendation, should be submitted in pdf.

The response period closes on 5 May 2021 (11:59 pm). Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held between 17 and 31 May 2021. A trial lecture may be part of the application procedure.

No agencies please


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