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Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History, Utrecht University

31-01-2023 11:03

Utrecht University's Economic and Social History group is seeking to appoint an assistant professor (tenured) focusing on historical inequality and technological change. Technological change in the broadest sense -- from simple mechanization to advanced digital technologies -- holds promises of increased productivity and consumption, but also influences social and economic inequalities and the sustainable development of labor markets and the environment. Understanding these long-term processes and their interplay, within and between different parts of the world, requires new data and methods, and the section wants to extend its research and teaching expertise in these directions.

* a completed PhD in economic and social history or a related discipline in the social sciences;
* teaching and research expertise in economic and social history and preferably also with digital, spatial, and quantitative methods. Experience with compiling large datasets through citizen science is not a requirement, but would be a plus;
* vision or experience with ways to link with other knowledge domains (multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity);
* an open attitude and the ability to switch easily within multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams;
* an interest in team teaching and team science to address social issues.
* experience or interest in computational and/or data-driven perspectives in history will be considered an advantage.

Candidates are expected to be able to teach in Dutch and English. International candidates will be helped to acquire Dutch language skills in the first two years of their appointment.

We offer a full-time position as assistant professor of 1 fte, with 40% research and 60% teaching. The start date is 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. In accordance with current practice at Utrecht University, this is a temporary employment contract for the duration of one year, which will be converted into a permanent contract after a positive evaluation.

For more information and to apply, see the link below:

The deadline for applying is February 26th.
For questions, contact Sarah Carmichael at s.g.carmichael[at]


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