Two Assistant Professors in Economic & Social History, University of Groningen

RHN 13/2019 | Opportunity

Assistant Professors in Economic & Social History (0.8 and 1.0 FTE), Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Vacancy number 218560-61

Closing date for applications: 30 January 2019

Job description
The ideal candidate should have a particular focus on the Economic and Social History of the modern world, with special interest in one or two of the following fields: global history environmental questions, problems of sustainability, population & health history, inequalities; and it is highly recommended to have also knowledge of social scientific research methods and the analysis of big data. We are looking for an enthusiastic and versatile colleague who is able to contribute to teaching within the degree programme and research in the field of Economic & Social History from a broad perspective, based on the candidate’s acquired knowledge and skills. In addition, the candidate should be able to adopt a cooperative and interdisciplinary stance within the Department.

The candidate should be capable of attracting students to the degree programme in History through demonstrating a combination of a welcoming attitude and inspiring teaching methods.

Specific tasks:

  • teaching course units in the field of Economic and Social History within the bachelor’s degree programme in History and the master’s degree History Today
  • teaching course units in the field of Quantitative Methods, Digital Humanities
  • teaching course units within the framework of the interdisciplinary research course units in the degree programme in Modern History and the research master programme Modern History and International Relations
  • conducting research at a recognized level in the above-mentioned field
  • external grant acquisition
  • supervising bachelor's and master's theses in the above-mentioned field
  • performing administrative and organisational duties.

In addition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for a candidate who has a PhD in the field of economic and social history or historical social sciences.

In the area of teaching, the ideal candidate:

  • has at least three years of teaching experience in the field at various levels
  • has gained the University Teaching Qualification or is prepared to do so within a year
  • is an excellent teacher, as demonstrated by positive teaching evaluations
  • is demonstrably able to make concrete contributions to the development of course units, partly by actively linking research to teaching.

In the area of research, the ideal candidate:

  • has excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a relevant record of (inter) national leading journals, books and presentations at renowned conferences
  • is able to set up his/her own research line and publish within it, dovetailing with the profile of the research institute
  • has international experience and an international network
  • is experienced in PhD supervision or is prepared to play an active role in this.

In the area of management and organization, the ideal candidate:

  • has a good command of English and Dutch or is willing to learn Dutch within two years. After two years, non-Dutch candidates must be proficient in Dutch at, at the least, CEFR B2 level (for reading and listening). Dutch candidates have a sufficient knowledge of English (CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking). The University provides language courses in both Dutch and English
  • is able to make a constructive contribution to the interdisciplinary collaboration and friendly atmosphere within the Department
  • has demonstrable administrative and organization skills.

Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen is offering a salary based on qualifications and experience of between € 3,637 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) and € 5,656 (scale 12, Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position as Assistant Professor, excluding an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for staff members. The University of Groningen is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply. The positions are for four and five years.

Date of entry into employment: 1 September 2019

How to apply
You may apply for this position until 30 January 12 pm / before 31 January 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the University website).

You are requested to submit:
1. A motivation letter
2. A complete curriculum vitae
3. One self-selected “best paper” and three letters of recommendation
4. Teaching evaluations (if available) and a short statement of your research accomplishments and future research goals.

Job interviews are expected to be held in March 2019.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

For information you can contact:

  • M.G.J. Duijvendak, Chair of the cluster board (for more information/detailed job description), +31 50 3633768,

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.


The research conducted under this Assistant Professor role will form part of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology/Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture/Center for Language and Cognition. Additional information about these research institutes can be found via the following links:

Teaching clusters and research institutes are connected through the teaching and research at the departmental level. The Department of History is an active and international teaching and research group, consisting of approximately 45 people.


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