Assistant professor sociology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant professor sociology
  • Doctorate
Are you a passionate and committed teacher, an engaged academic scholar and an expert in qualitative methodology or mixed methods in social sciences? Would you like to develop a curriculum for students in Sociology and work with highly qualified researchers on timely and pressing social issues in an academic environment? If so, we hope that you will apply to become our new colleague in the Department of Sociology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The Assistant Professor will be involved in teaching and research on a tenure track contract of six years, starting in September 2020. If the tenure track is successfully completed, the candidate is promoted to a permanent position as Associate Professor. Main responsibilities of the newly hired tenure track Assistant Professor are the development of educational curricula in sociological and qualitative methodological courses, and conducting high quality research on societal participation , i.e., one of our themes: migration and diversity, social conflict and change, social inequality in the life course, prosocial behavior and philanthropy and the social context of ageing.

Your tasks
  • to participate in the Dutch-language education curricula of the Bachelor and/or Master in Sociology, and, possibly, in courses of other curricula of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • to develop into a scholar with a distinctive research profile by carrying out high-quality research and valorisation activities in one or more fields of the department’s research program Participation in Society
  • to apply for external research funding, e.g. NWO and ERC grants
  • to participate in light management tasks of the department and/or Faculty of Social Sciences


  • a PhD degree in the social sciences, preferably related to one of the PARIS research themes
  • peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals
  • experience in applying and teaching of qualitative research methodology or mixed methods in Bachelor and/or Master curricula in social sciences
  • examples of academic service in (inter)national contexts
  • a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or willingness to obtain this
  • a good command of written and spoken Dutch or the willingness to develop a working proficiency in Dutch language within two years

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a societal engaged organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10) and a maximum €5,656 (scale 12), depending on your educational level and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system (UFO) and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE. The job involves a tenure track from Assistant Professor to a permanent position as Associate Professor in six years’ time. In the first two years, the time devoted to teaching and research is 50/50.

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)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with illegal immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

About the department
The department of Sociology hosts over 50 fte of academic staff and organizes the bachelor and master education in sociology, as well as courses in methodology in social sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences. In the next two years the bachelor curricula will be renewed to include more transdisciplinary courses in which students learn from involvement with societal stakeholders. The teaching in sociology involves themes including diversity, social inequality, social networks and social capital, social conflict and change, and in- and exclusion. The research of the department is organized in the research program Participation in Society, that includes five theme groups: ‘Social Context of Aging’, ‘Social Inequality in the Lifecourse’, ‘Identities, Diversity and Inclusion’, ‘Social Conflict and Change’ en ‘Philantropic Studies’.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, examples of academic service and societal relevant activities) and cover letter until 15 march 2020. There will be two rounds of job interviews.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

prof.dr. M.I. Broese van Groenou
Head of Department Sociology
Telephone: 020-5986898

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