HOURS PER WEEK: 38 to 40FACULTY: Faculty of HumanitiesDEPARTMENT: Departement Talen, Literatuur en CommunicatieAPPLICATION DEADLINE: 13 September 2023



Job description

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at Utrecht University is searching to fill a professorship of English Linguistics, with a specialisation in Laboratory Phonology (1 FTE, consisting of 50% teaching and leadership and managerial tasks, and 50% research). 

As chair you are focused on teaching and researching experimental approaches to phonology, a growing field in language sciences that addresses theoretical questions on the sound structure of language and the phonetics-phonology interface from an experimental perspective. The establishment of the chair is also intended to create new lines of collaboration within the Department, with research conducted into phonology from a multifaceted perspective — including theoretical, computational, and (supra)segmental perspectives — and at the interface with linguistic subdomains such as morphology, syntax, pragmatics, phonetics and neurolinguistics. Within the broader university framework, you will strengthen the cross-connections between fundamental research into sound structure and applied research into typical and atypical development of speech; this research takes place in conjunction with colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

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 and the University Medical Centre 

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Since you as the chairholder will be required to perform senior managerial and leadership duties, good and inclusive managerial, organisational and communication skills are mandatory.

Utrecht University strives towards enhancing the diversity amongst its staff and students. We explicitly welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.


The profile of the successful candidate should relate favourably to the following characteristics:

  • Excellent and innovative researcher (an assessment based on international peer review) in the field of English Linguistics, with a specialisation in experimental approaches to phonology;
  • Capable of combining theoretical research with research that is relevant to societal questions (e.g. second language development in children in an educational context, adolescent and mature second-language learning connected to questions of in- and exclusion, English as a lingua franca in institutional environments, language contact and its societal effects);
  • Capable of stimulating and furthering research by others, among others by successfully landing research grants and seeing projects through to their completion;
  • Inspired and inspiring teacher, capable of initiating educational innovation and of carrying responsibility for teaching programmes at undergraduate and graduate level; in particular in the context of the undergraduate programme in English language and culture, as well as in the research Master of Linguistics;
  • Is at home in multidisciplinary contexts and as part of teams of varying composition;
  • Willingness to promote the core values of the Faculty of Humanities: professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connection and safety;
  • Capability and readiness to take on senior managerial functions in the short term.

The UU works with the methodology of Triple 

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 that values teamwork over individualism and calls for an open academic culture that promotes accountability, reproducibility, integrity and transparency, and where sharing (open access, FAIR data and software) and public engagement are normal daily practice.  

If the prospective chairholder is not capable of understanding and speaking Dutch at the inception of the appointment, (s)he will be assisted by the department in acquiring those skills within two years after commencement of employment. We therefore expect a willingness on the part of the chairholder to acquire Dutch.

Utrecht University uses a system of qualifications for teaching and research. This means that the Senior University Teaching Qualification 

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 and the Senior University Research Qualification are required in addition to the requirement of a PhD in a relevant discipline. Candidates from outside of the university who do not have these senior university qualifications will be offered the opportunity to submit a concise teaching and research portfolio to obtain these qualifications.


We offer a permanent position with an appointment as professor for initially five years. After positive evaluation, the appointment will be turned in to a permanent one. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €6,099 and €8,881 (scale H2 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions 

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, including an attractive retirement scheme, professional development 

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Are you an international applicant? Then have a look at what our International Service Desk can do for you. Check the information for international staff external link about living in the Netherlandsː https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/international-staff-and-guests external link.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University 

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, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes 

external link. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow external link.

You can watch the Utrecht University Campus Tour 

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 to get an impression of our university. 

The Faculty of Humanities 

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 has around 7,000 students and 1,100 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the faculty is located 

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The core values of the Faculty for Humanities are professionalism, transparency, responsibility, connectedness and safety. These values apply to everyone and we uphold these values in our work and in our communication with each other and with others.
The faculty strives for diversity among its employees and students and is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, as can be read in Utrecht University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication 

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 consists of 11 divisions: German language and culture, English language and culture, French language and culture, Italian language and culture, Celtic & Classics, Literary studies, Dutch language and culture, Spanish language and culture, Language & communication, Linguistics, and Translation studies & Intercultural communication. They cherish a tradition of intensive and harmonious co-operation. All divisions except Translation studies & Intercultural communication (which is represented only at masters’ level) are connected to an undergraduate programme,. The sections closely co-operate in one-year and two-year Masters’ programmes. Research is hosted by two research institutes: the Institute for Language Sciences 

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Additional information

More information regarding the chair can be found here 

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. For informal inquiries please contact Professor Peter Schrijver 

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Are you an international applicant? Then have a look at what our International Service Desk can do for you. Check the information for international staff 

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 about living in the Netherlandsː https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/international-staff-and-guests 

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Please note that for preselected candidates one or two interviews and a teaching demonstration will be and a formal assessment may be part of the application procedure.

For the selected candidates, one or two interviews and a trial lecture will be and a formal assessment may be part of the procedure.

  • The first round of interviews will take place in the week of November 13th.
  • The envisaged starting date is 1 January 2024.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. 

Your application should comprise of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • a concise research plan which shows your connection to the research profile of the chair and includes plans for grant applications (800 words max.).

The application deadline is 13 September 2023.


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