Are you interested in the study of religions and their historical and current diversity? Are you seriously interested in the way religions got entangled and remained so? Moreover, do you possess the capacity to lead a new chair in the field of religious studies at our Faculty? Then please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
FTE: 0,8 - 1
The Faculty of Religion and Theology is looking for a full professor (0,8-1,0) for the Chair of Religious Studies. The chair will focus on the entanglement of religions in a historical context and will develop the theoretical and/or empirical framework necessary to create (new) conceptual approaches of these entanglements. The holder of the chair will develop new insights in currently used methodologies and terminologies and will be aware of the need to revise concepts in the light of decolonization and inclusivity. The chair will focus in particular on the development of the religions in the Near East or Southern Europe during the period between Late Antiquity and Modernity. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with the historical research group, but will also be realized in joint cooperation with the philosophical, systematic and empirical research groups within the Faculty. Moreover, he/she will also engage in cross-disciplinary research together with colleagues from other faculties. The holder of the chair will have particular expertise in the field of history of the above-mentioned regions.
- hold a PhD degree and to have been engaged subsequently in quality research in his/her field, witnessed by international publications as well as acknowledgement as an expert in the field
- be a trained historian, with a keen interest in conceptual approaches
- be an expert in one the fields of religious entanglements quoted in the description.
- have been successful in attracting substantial research funds
- be able to build relationships in a multidisciplinary environment, across departmental and faculty borders
- to contribute to a climate of greater diversity and inclusivity of the Faculty, respecting the different traditions of belief present at the Faculty
- to be fluent in Dutch and English or to be willing to learn Dutch
What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,749 (H2) and a maximum €8,371 (H2), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- solid pension scheme (ABP)
- optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
- possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave
About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.Diversity
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.Faculty of Religion and Theology
The Faculty of Religion and Theology is the leading academic centre of expertise for religion in society. Students, lecturers and researchers focus on the major questions in society and in religious communities. They study religious traditions, sources and contemporary expressions of the religious experience. The faculty practises ‘engaged scholarship’ as expressed in cooperation with governments and partners in civil society on themes such as war and peace, sustainable development and inter-religious dialogue. We are the most comprehensive theological faculty worldwide, with ten seminaries for all world religions and many Christian denominations.
Working at Religion and Theology means contributing to excellent research and education through personal commitment, philosophical/religious involvement and social responsibility. We employ more than 100 staff.
On the Department 'Texts and Traditions'.
The Department of Texts and Traditions studies the wide range of religious scriptures, their history, interpretation and reception. It also studies the historical dynamics of religions such as ideas, material heritage, social dynamics. The department has research groups focusing on Hebrew Bible and DH, Early Christianity, Reformation, Jewish Studies, Islam and Buddhism.
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, (job market) paper, and teaching evaluations (if available) until November 7, 2021.Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Matthias Smalbrugge
Phone: +31 6 81 35 74 74No agencies