Logo VNK



Vacancy: Full Professor of History of Art and Architecture (500-1500)

Are you an innovative, experienced and inspiring scholar in the field of the history of art and architecture between 500-1500? Do your research and teaching explore cross-cultural connections and expand or complicate the geographical and cultural boundaries of the ‘medieval’? As a full professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen, you will join and lead a diverse group of dedicated scholars, shape the field of art and architectural history, and flourish in a friendly and vibrant academic community.

The History of Art section at Radboud University in Nijmegen is looking for a Full Professor of History of Art and Architecture between 500-1500 CE (1,0 FTE). The position builds on the section’s existing strengths, which includes visual and material culture of Europe after 1500 CE, architecture, and global modern and contemporary art.
You are an art historian whose research explores cross-cultural connections and links historical research to contemporary issues and practices, such as cultural heritage. Our section is especially interested in scholars whose research and teaching expand or complicate the geographical and cultural boundaries of the ‘medieval’, who incorporate new methodologies, and whose interests include Islamic Art and Architecture, materiality and craft (including modern material-technical research), or the social uses and sensory experiences of works of art.

As a Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Radboud University, you will build on your robust and innovative research agenda, track record of outstanding scholarly publications, and other academic achievements on an international level. You will develop cross-disciplinary collaborations through innovative teaching and research, mentoring, and forging links with students and faculty across the university and beyond. You will contribute to the development of courses on all levels, teach both introductory and specialised courses, and take part in study trips, which are integral to the curriculum. You will also participate in teaching in Faculty-wide minor programmes, such as Cultural Heritage and the Public, or Conflict and Cooperation in the Mediterranean World.

At Radboud University, you will take on a leadership role in your field of expertise and present a strong vision of its future development. You will play a dynamic and proactive role in the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH), one of the Faculty’s research institutes, contributing to its mission and research programme by participating in and further stimulating its research activities, publishing in high-impact journals and other research outlets, recruiting and supervising PhD candidates, mentoring junior faculty members, and applying for grants.

The professorship is part of the Department of History, Art History and Classics, one of three departments comprising the Faculty of Arts. You will represent the Art History section within the university and beyond, serve as its head in a rotating fashion with one other full professor, and work in close connection with its staff members and with the Department as a whole. You will be joining a university with expertise in Mediterranean Studies (both in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies). You will be expected to serve as a standard bearer for student recruitment, and take on a crucial role in the promotion and visibility of medieval visual and material cultures, both nationally and internationally.


You are an art historian with a specialisation in Art and Architecture between 500 and 1500 CE, who incorporates new methodologies as well as issues of cross-cultural connections and cultural heritage. You have a track record of international publications that demonstrate these interests.

You occupy a leadership position in your field(s) of expertise and have a global network of contacts in the academic and museum worlds.

You are committed to collaboration and forging connections between various art historical fields and institutes nationally and internationally, and between various sections and departments within the university.

You have been a recipient of important research grants and have clear plans for applying for grants in the near future.

You have ample experience in managing, mentoring and facilitating academic staff. You are familiar with the Dutch university system and are motivated to take on larger leadership roles in administration and management in accordance with the applicable rules and customs.

You are an inspiring lecturer with a strong teaching philosophy and experience in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

You have a university teaching qualification (UTQ) or an equivalent qualification, or are prepared to obtain a UTQ within two years.(*)

If Dutch is not your mother tongue, you should be willing to learn Dutch and obtain level B2 after 1 year and reach level C1 in the following year.(*)

(*) For both the UTQ and the Dutch language certification, we provide the necessary infrastructure and resources to acquire them.

More information and application.