30 april 2019

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the KNAW has a vacancy for a

Senior researcher Holocaust and Genocide Studies (with a professorial appointment at the University of Amsterdam)
0,8 fte

Besides an appointment as senior researcher at NIOD, the candidate will occupy the chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (one day per week).

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), is a center of study in the field of mass violence, the Holocaust and genocide, with an emphasis on the 20th century. The general goal of its activities is to contribute to scholarly and public knowledge and understanding of these lethal and violent processes, through research and education programs as well as NIOD’s archival and documentation collection. The NIOD research programs are War & Society and Genocide Studies. The latter focuses upon scholarly research and education in the field of Holocaust studies and comparative genocide studies.

The Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities is the home of world leading research in established and respected disciplines, including Foreign Languages, Dutch Studies, History, Archaeology, Theatre Studies and Philosophy, and pioneering research fields as New Media, Digital Humanities, and Conservation and Restoration. In keeping with the traditions of a classically broad university, the Faculty offers a large variety of study programs at a national level, whilst also striving for renewal by way of innovative research, intensive collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach.

Tasks and environment

The position demands participation in the research and educational activities of the Genocide Studies program, at the NIOD and the Faculty, PhD-supervision as well as the institute's other activities, with a keen eye for societal outreach of the Chair in the Netherlands and abroad. The candidate should be able to play an innovative and inspiring role in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and to attract external funding for research projects as well as young scholars. The candidate will participate in one of the research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), e.g. the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (AHS; http://ash.uva.nl), the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM; http://ahm.uva.nl) or the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES; http://artes.uva.nl).

Teaching concerns Holocaust and Genocide Studies, with a focus on modern genocides, comparative genocide studies, and the dynamics of genocidal processes and mass violence. The NIOD staff coordinates the University  of Amsterdam's  (Contemporary History) Master's Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a one-year program taught in English that each year attracts twenty or more students from around the world. The team also offers several electives, at the UvA as well as other universities, some at Bachelor level, in English and Dutch, and are furthermore involved in the training of teachers in secondary education.

Last but not least, the Genocide Studies team initiates and promotes lectures, film screenings, symposia, expert meetings, and international conferences under the auspices of the NIOD that draw the attention of scholars, students, and the interested public.

Job requirements

  • A strong international research profile, including a PhD in a relevant field, based on cutting-edge publications in the field of comparative genocide studies and Holocaust studies;
  • Excellent didactic and teaching qualities and experience, including supervising graduate research (M.A. and Ph.D. level);
  • Awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching, as well as a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or willingness to acquire this directly after being appointed;
  • An extensive international network;
  • A proven track record of acquiring external research funding;
  • Proven management capacities and strong organizational skills;
  • Professional attitude with excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with modern information technology;
  • Fluent Dutch* and English;
  • Ability to participate in public as well as scholarly discussion about the specific area of interest and in generating ideas about the research and teaching programme.

* Candidates are expected to possess good knowledge of the Dutch language (in word and spoken) within two years. Passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language, programme II (NT2-II), is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract and for continuation of a temporary employment contract. The NIOD will be supportive of having the candidate follow an intensive course in Dutch at the Institute for Dutch language education (INTT: http://intt.uva.nl). If necessary, supplementary schooling in English will be arranged as well.


The NIOD offers an informal, internationally-oriented working environment with a great deal of room for individual initiative and responsibility. The salary for a full-time (38 hrs) position may vary between  € 5.294 and € 7.401 per month gross (based on experience, scale 14 or 15, collective labor agreement Dutch Universities), excluding 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

This is a part-time position of 0,8 fte at the NIOD, which includes a chair at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam for a period of at least five years for one day per week. The candidate can only be appointed after the full procedure at the University of Amsterdam has been successfully completed and the Executive Board of the University has decided on a professorial appointment. The chair does not entail additional remuneration.

Application and selection process

If you would like to apply, we look forward to receiving your application, full resume and overview of publications at vacature@niod.knaw.nl no later than 22 May 2019. The provisional date scheduled for interviews is June 18th.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact prof. dr. Nanci Adler via n.adler@niod.knaw.nl.