Maastricht University, Literature & Art
Full Professor Literary Studies / Comparative Literature
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VacancyFull Professor Literary Studies / Comparative Literature,1.0 fte
Department of Literature & Art, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Reference number: AT2012.57
Maastricht University is renowned for its problem-based learning (PBL) system based on a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is concentrated in research institutes and schools and is characterized by its multidisciplinary and thematic approach. Maastricht University has around 14,500 students and 3,800 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair number of both students and staff are from abroad. The university has six faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has a staff of about 250, and about 1900 students. All programmes are offered in English. Students come from all over the world. FASoS offers two 3-year Bachelor programmes: Arts and Culture, and European Studies, seven different 1-year Master courses and two 2-year research Master programmes. Its Graduate School takes in around 10 PhD students each year. Research is organized around four programmes: ‘Politics and Culture in Europe’; ‘Science, Technology and Society Studies’; Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development and ‘Arts, Media and Culture’. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in several recently renovated 18th-century buildings in the historic city centre of Maastricht.
In order to strengthen the profile of literary research at Maastricht University, the candidate to be appointed as “chair holder”will contribute to the teaching programmes and research efforts of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences(FASoS).
The candidate’s teaching effort focuses on the interaction between literary concerns and wider cultural and societal issues of modern and contemporary life. (S)he will contribute in particular to the Arts and Culture programmes, including the research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST).
Literary studies at FASoS are carried out within the context of the Research InstituteArts and Social Sciences, notably in relation to the interdisciplinary programme on Arts, Media and Culture (AMC). The candidate’s research will centre on the relevance of both literature (in the broadest sense) and literary studies for understanding problems, themes and trends associated with modern and contemporary society and culture. In this context, the candidate is expected to develop international research projects and attract external funding.
To promote the interdisciplinary research profile of FASoS, the candidate will pursue cooperation in teaching and research with faculty members from other departments within FASoS (such as historians, philosophers and/or experts in science and technology studies). In addition, (s)he is expected to initiate inter-university collaboration, within the Netherlands but also at an international level.
As a full professor in Literary Studies / Comparative Literature, the candidate will serve in pivotal managerial roles, such as department chair and/or head of the AMC research programme, while also supervising the work of PhD candidates.Teaching and administrative duties will amount to about 60% of the appointee’s time, with research making up the remaining 40%. It is possible to reduce the teaching load to 40% if the candidate manages to attract substantial external funds for research.
The candidatehas a distinctive intellectual profile and an outstanding track record of international publications. (S)he is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher. All academic staff members at FASoS are expected to place great emphasis on quality teaching, as part of our small-scale system of Problem Based Learning (PBL).
More specifically, the candidate has a strong background in literary studies / comparative literature and experience with interdisciplinary work, as reflected in a substantial number of international academic publications. (S)he has an interest in international developments in the field of literature, as well as in the interactions between literature and other media, in particular digital media. (S)he should be well acquainted with various methods of literary research. In addition, knowledge of Dutch literature and the Dutch cultural context is regarded as an edge.
The applicant not only has access to a relevant international network, which serves as a solid base for acquiring research funding, but has also gained experience in leading externally funded research projects.
Having managerial qualities is deemed crucial. The candidate is expected to be a genuine coach and leader, as well as a team player. (S)he should be flexible and have broad academic interests and an open, effective management style. (S)he has proved to be a successful and inspiring coach for PhD candidates.
Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch.
It should be noted that, in view of recruitment policies and the composition of our corps of professors at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Maastricht University in general, female candidates with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.
What we have to offer
Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.
Basically, the appointment involves a fulltime, tenured full professorship.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on qualifications and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 4904 and a maximum of € 7142 gross per monthfor a fulltime employment of 38 hours per week (salary scale H2, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. A candidate who does not already live in Maastricht (or its immediate area) is eligible for a relocation allowance.
Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a special expense allowance scheme: the 30% facility. The Tax and Customs Administration decides whether employees meet the necessary conditions.
We offer flexible working conditions to support a good work/life balance among our employees. Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
Maastricht University’s Terms of Employment are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions apply as well. For more information please see the website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl /A-Z Terms of Employment.
Appointment date: 1 March 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Please consult our website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos
Any informal inquiries about this job opening may be addressed to Prof. Dr. R. de Wilde, dean of FASoS, email@example.com or +31 (0)43 3883486.
Candidates are invited to submit their application that should consist of:
1. A letter of motivation
2. A full CV & complete list of publications
3. A statement on teaching and research interestsand, if available, teaching evaluations;
4. Two references: please provide the name and address of two referees
5. One writing sample: a published article or work in progress
The deadline for submitting your application is 15 May 2013
Please send your application electronically tothe Secretariat of the Faculty Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Faculty Office at: email@example.com