Vacancy in Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, offers a:

Special Chair ‘Quality of Life, in particular of Deaf People’
For 7.6 hours per week (0.2 fte).

The chair-holder is expected to build a bridge between two distinctive areas of social science
research: between study of quality of life and disability studies on the one hand, and of the lives
and culture of deaf people on the other. The research of the chair-holder will be integrated into
the ‘Academy of Long-Term Care’, currently being established under the aegis of the Research
Priority Area Global Health. Although the focus of current work is largely on arrangements and
practices in the Netherlands, the intention is to develop comparative studies elsewhere. It is now
envisaged that the work of the Special Professor be the basis of a new line of investigation
focused on deaf people. The chair will also be involved in the master and PhD programs offered
by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, and is expected to interface with practitioners in the


Strengthening the broad research and teaching profile of sociology and anthropology in
Actively contributing to the exchange of knowledge and insights with people outside the
academic community, notably with practitioners.
Developing, carrying out and supervising empirical social-scientific research on the quality of
life in general and the lives and culture of deaf people in particular at a high academic level,
and further developing international leadership in this field, developing a research line in
collaboration with junior staff members and other researchers working at the Amsterdam
Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and its program groups.
Promoting top-level research, 'fostering research collaboration (also with post-docs and PhD
candidates) and developing internationally competitive academic leadership
Acquiring and helping to acquire external funding for research (also on behalf of junior
Actively contributing to the organization of research and teaching and to the development of
the discipline in national and international contexts by publishing and participating in national
and international research networks and educational initiatives
Teaching specialist courses in the BA, MA and PhD programs of our department, and cosupervising
graduate students


PhD degree in one of the social sciences
Commitment to the research agenda of the AISSR in and the sociology and anthropology of
health in particular, and to enhance collaborations in relevant fields
Commitment to engage in collaboration with stakeholders in the field and to engage in
discussions with the public at large
Strong general knowledge of the social‐scientific study of the quality of life in general and the
lives and culture of deaf people in particular
Outstanding track record in empirical research on the quality of life and deaf people, as
exemplified in a strong publication record in internationally peer reviewed journals and/or
books published by internationally recognized press
Demonstrated ability to acquire research funding from external sources
Thorough mastery of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
A proven record of high‐quality teaching at the academic level.
Adequate knowledge of Dutch in order to allow for immediate participation in the
Department (i.e. at least the ability to read and understand the Dutch language).
The ability to express oneself through sign language is recommended.


The appointment (7.6 hrs / week) will be on a temporary basis for a period of five years.
Depending on qualifications and experience, the salary will be in conformity with the Collective
Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. The special chair will be formally appointed by the
Stichting Handgebaar, while the actual work will take place within the University of Amsterdam.


Applications by email only. These should include:
i) a concise statement of motivation (2 pages max.),
ii) CV and list of publications
iii) a statement including research plans (2 pages max.),
iv) a statement including the teaching philosophy (0,5 page max.),
v) a statement including the strategy to engage of stakeholders in the field (1 page max.),
vi) a list of three references

At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic
writing. All documents should be collected and sent as a single pdf email attachment to Please mention ‘Chair Quality of Life’ in the subject line. The
deadline for applications is November 15, 2013.
Job interviews are scheduled on December 17, 2013.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of the Departments in the FMG.
Research and education are carried out by special institutes. The College of Social Sciences (CSS)
and the Graduate School for the Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate
and graduate teaching programs in the social sciences. Research takes place under the aegis of the
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute,
the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands. The broad scope and pluralism of our education
and research programs are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalization. The
Program groups ‘Health, Care and the Body’ and ‘Dynamics of Culture and Citizenship’ and
form two main cohorts of researchers involved in the anthropology resp. sociology of health.
Academics from these program groups alongside researchers from other disciplines collaborate in
various interdisciplinary centers, including the Centre for Global Health and Social Sciences that
represents the UvA’s research priorities.

De Gelderhorst is the national center for elderly deaf people and provides housing, care, and
other services in nine different cities. The Stichting Handgebaar supports projects that aim at
strengthening the well-being of deaf people in areas where deaf people are discriminated against
because of their handicap. The projects involve deaf consciousness and friendliness, education,
culture and expertise.

Take a look at our very brief intro to the sociology of risk:
Program Group leader Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture:
Member Centre for Social Science and Global Health

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