Post: Professor of Medical History (VU University of Amsterdam; Deadline 10 November 2017)

9 oktober 2017

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in collaboration with Stichting Historia Medicinae (SHM), offers an endowed chair in Medical History. Aim of this chair is to support and further develop research and education in the history of health, illness, health care and medicine in their social, cultural and scientific contexts. The professor of Medical history will have a leading role in the VU Medical History programme, educating students from medicine and history in an interdisciplinary and international classroom. The candidate has an excellent track record in medical history research, has demonstrated the ability to attract funding for research projects, and is a committed advisor of junior scholars. The candidate will collaborate with colleagues of the Faculties of Humanities and Medicine, and participate in relevant research institutes (e.g. CLUE+, Stevin Center).

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

The Faculty of Humanities has three Departments: Art & Culture, History, Antiquity; Language, Literature & Communication; Philosophy. The endowed chair of Medical History is established in the Department of Art & Culture, History, Antiquity. This department offers programs in three domains: Art history and cultural sciences; History; Antiquity studies (ancient history, archaeology, classical languages). The staff members also participate in the VU Graduate School of Humanities. Their research is organized in the two interfaculty research institutes CLUE+ and Network Institute. Both in teaching and research the department has a dedicated interdisciplinary approach.

The Faculty of Humanities offers a one semester specialization in Medical History, a track of the Master History programme ( This specialization is a collaboration between various Dutch universities and Medical Centers. This – formerly Dutch language – programme will be taught in English as from 2018.


  • Participate in and help to further develop the MA Medical History programme;
  • Perform research on a high international level;
  • Attract funding for research projects;
  • Function as advisor for PhD’s and graduate students;
  • Function as an ambassador for medical history in the Netherlands and abroad.


The candidate:

  • Has an excellent track record in research, visible through publications, projects, and other activities in the field of medical history, with a demonstrated interest in the history of science/knowledge in a broader sense;
  • Has the capacity to initiate new research, attract funding, and to supervise PhD candidates;
  • Will participate in the educational program in Medical History;
  • Is an inspiring teacher, fluent in English, and committed to educate students from various disciplines in an international classroom;

Further particulars 

The chair is an endowed chair, on behalf of the Stichting Historia Medicinae. The appointment will be initially for five years. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a another five years.


This is a unpaid position. There is a budget of € 5000,00 each year for research, travel and other costs.


For additional information please contact Prof dr. Inger Leemans.


Applicants should send a cover letter by e-mail describing their abilities and their motivation, accompanied by their curriculum vitae and list of publications before November 10, 2017 to:

You can address it to:

  • Drs. J. Th. Cremer, HRM advisor | Faculty of Humanities | VU University Amsterdam De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Please mention the vacancy number 17280 in the e-mail header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.