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Assistant Professor in World Literatures in English & Environmental Humanities

Research / Academic
Amsterdam

The Faculty of Humanities, Department of English is looking for an Assistant Professor in World Literatures in English & Environmental Humanities.

What are you going to do?

You will provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods within the English Department.

Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • designing and conducting independent research on World Literatures in English & Environmental Humanities resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books and professional publications and appearances in public media;
  • 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 of the ASCA in one or more of the following research constellations: Mediality, Arts & Aesthetics; Globalization and Migration; Identities; and Cultural & Social Critique.
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses across different periods of literature in the English BA and MA programmes, with an emphasis on postcolonial and world literatures in English, as well as courses on literature and other media in relevant BA and MA programmes across the faculty (most notably, but not only, in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Department of Literary Studies & Linguistics).
  • 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 and across the faculty;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

Requirements:

What do we require

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrated by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show a broad knowledge of and innovative participation in debates in Literary and Cultural Analysis.

You have a proven commitment to Literary and Cultural Analysis as a research practice that is fundamentally interdisciplinary, works across different media and revolves around detailed, theoretically informed analyses of cultural objects. You are able to develop and teach modules inspired by this research practice. You have experience teaching on topics and methods beyond your own research focus, and are able and willing to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers.

Your experience and profile

  • PhD in Literary Studies, Cultural Analysis or a related field, with established research in Literary and Cultural Analysis (or the three disciplines it draws on: Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Philosophy);
  • an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • a research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • affinity and experience with interdisciplinary research;
  • you are an active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • the ability and proactive ambition to obtain NWO/ERC funding and/or other external research grants;
  • wide and relevant teaching experience at BA and (research-)MA level;
  • (near-)native command of English;
  • experience with digital and audio-visual teaching facilities, and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • experience in practice-based education and/or research; and research that has a broader impact beyond strictly academic contexts;
  • you are a good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organizational experience and skills;
  • you have acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or are willing to acquire this within the two years of your appointment.

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

Salary Benefits:

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, and innovative participation in debates in emergent fields such as ecocriticism, posthumanism, energy humanities, globalization studies, decoloniality and/or other relevant discussions at the nexus of English Literary Studies and the Environmental Humanities, and the proven ability to synthesize research in world literatures and environmental humanities.

Your research matches the profile of ASCA, which is home to more than 110 researchers and more than 120 PhD candidates, and conducts world-leading research in Cultural Analysis. ASCA members share a commitment to studying culture in all its forms and expressions within an interdisciplinary framework, and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates. With this position, ASCA is seeking to strengthen its profile in the environmental humanities. We consider climate change, environmental degradation, resource extraction, and species extinction to be pressing problems of which literary and cultural theory can help us reach a more profound and critical understanding, and for which literary and other cultural texts can envision creative, speculative solutions.

You are able to develop and teach modules across a range of periods of English literature and other media, with a particular emphasis on world literatures in English from the nineteenth century through to the present day. 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 faculty’s BA, MA and minor programmes that will meet the interests of a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile demonstrate the following:

  • PhD in English Literature or a related field, with proven research interests in the Environmental Humanities;
  • an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • a research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • affinity and experience with interdisciplinary research;
  • you are an active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • the ability and proactive ambition to obtain NWO/ERC funding and/or other external research grants;
  • wide and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • excellent command of English (native speaker or near-native fluency). 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 audiovisual teaching facilities and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • experience in practice-based education and/or research; and research that has a broader impact beyond strictly academic contexts.
  • you are a good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organizational experience and skills;
  • you have acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or are 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.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week

Address:

Spuistraat 134