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Onderzoeker / universitair docent Genocidestudies

The NIOD is a centre of knowledge and information about war, the Holocaust and genocide. Issues concerning war-related violence raise a lot of interest in society at large and demand independent scholarly research. The NIOD conducts this kind of research and makes its collections available to all interested parties.The central question in the NIOD research is what effect wars, the Holocaust and genocide have on the individual and on society. Initially the focus was on the history of the Second World War in the Netherlands and the Former Dutch East-Indies. Today the Second World War is placed in a broader international context.

From January 2012, the NIOD has a vacancy for a:

Researcher/Lecturer in Genocide Studies

0,5 fte for three years

NIOD – Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, considers the study of the Holocaust, genocide and mass violence and repression to be an integral part of its mandate. The general goal of its activities is to contribute to scholarly and public knowledge and understanding of these lethal and violent processes. In order to do so, the NIOD has a special department, or

domain, called Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The research mandate of this domain is an integral component of the general Research Program of the NIOD. The domain's activities in the fields of documentation and public events are part of the responsibilities of the NIOD as a whole. The NIOD domain for Holocaust and Genocide Studies aims to draw attention to the Holocaust, the nature and context of genocidal processes and mass violence in a variety of ways: through research, teaching, public activities, and information. It focuses on scholarly research and education in the field of Holocaust studies and comparative genocide studies, with an emphasis on mass violence in the 20th century and its aftermath. The NIOD's research program on Transitional Justice exemplifies this focus.

The NIOD staff in the domain coordinate 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-five or more students from around the world. The domain staff also offer several electives at the Bachelor level, in English and Dutch, and are furthermore involved in the training of teachers in secondary education.

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

Job description

The NIOD has a vacancy for a half-time position in the field of Genocide Studies, to be filled for a period of three years.

Applications are invited from those who within the past five years received a PhD in the study of modern genocide. They approach modern genocides from a social science perspective and are specialists in one or more cases of genocidal and/or mass violence outside Europe.

The Researcher/Lecturer will teach Genocide Studies, especially courses focusing on modern genocides and the dynamics of genocidal processes and mass violence. Qualified candidates will have experience in teaching at the university level. The successful candidate is expected to start teaching in February 2012.

The position includes participation in the general activities of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies domain, i.e. the coordination of the teaching program and the organization of conferences and public events. The Researcher/Lecturer in Genocide Studies will join the NIOD research community and take part in the institute's other activities.

Job requirements

  • PhD in Social/Political Sciences or in History with a Social Science perspective
  • University level teaching experience
  • Professional attitude with excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with modern information technology
  • Fluent EnglishAbility to participate in discussion about the specific area of interest and in generating ideas about the research and teaching program


This is a part-time position of 19 hours per week for a period of three years at the NIOD.

We offer:

The NIOD offers an informal, internationally-oriented working environment with a great deal of room for individual initiative and responsibility. The maximum salary for a full-time position is € 4,374.00 per month gross (based on experience, scale 11, collective labour agreement Dutch Universities), excluding 8% vacation bonus and an 8.3% end-of-the-year bonus. There is an additional extensive secondary benefits packet. Secondment is among the possibilities.


We welcome your explanatory letter of intent and CV, all in English.  Closing date is 14 November, 2011. If all other factors are equal, preference will be given to internal candidates. No reactions from recruiters please.

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