Junior lecturer (Docent)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Junior lecturer (Docent)
  • University Graduate
Would you like to teach anthropology in a team of professionals? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE:         0,5 - 0,8

Job description

The department of Social and Cultural Anthropology is looking for two junior lecturers (per August 15th, 2020) with a passion for teaching Anthropology. You will be teaching courses in our Bachelor and Master programs.
Your duties
  • teach or assist in various courses in the Bachelor and Master programs (in particular courses on academic and research skills and in various tutorials)
  • supervise bachelor’s theses
  • contribute to promotional activities (for high school students)
  • take part in the monthly teaching colloquia
  • actively participate in projects to further develop and innovate education


A successful candidate has recently completed a Master in Social or Cultural Anthropology and has experience in teaching. Affinity with the department’s research in the fields of mobility, migration, religion, diversity or development would be a plus.

We are looking for enthusiastic colleagues who:
  • aspire a career in teaching
  • are enthusing lecturers
  • have strong communication skills
  • are team workers
  • have a perfect command of both Dutch and English

What are we offering?

A 0.5-0,8 FTE challenging position in a socially engaged organization. The remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), for a full-time appointment and depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system.

This temporary contract starts with a one-year appointment and can be extended up to a maximum of three years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expense
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)


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 endeavour – 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.

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 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 Social and Cultural Anthropology is a vibrant and internationally oriented department. In 2018-2019 we introduced an international bachelor program which is drawing a lot of extra students from both the Netherlands and abroad. Our Master program has been international from the start. Our students are engaged and motivated and the international students have added to the social and cultural diversity that is characteristic for the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and especially important for anthropologists. With our educational programs we want to make a difference. In our program we combine sound academic knowledge with courses in which students have hands on experience with applying anthropology outside the ivory tower.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae including an overview of your teaching experience (courses, level, role), teaching evaluations as well as the contact details of two referees and a cover letter, until  May, 17th 2020.

The job interviews are planned in the first week of June, via an online communication channel or at our office face to face. Please take this timeline into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Dr. Ellen Bal
Position: Programme Director
E-mail: e.w.bal@vu.nl
Telephone: +31-20-5986704

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