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Assistant Professor in Spatial Data Analysis (0.8-1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen - Department of Cultural Geography


The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen is looking for an Assistant Professor in spatial data analysis/GIS. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences consists of approximately 100 members of staff, 100 PhD students and around 1000 undergraduate students. We focus on high quality teaching and research in the fields of social and economic geography, demography, and spatial planning. With a single collective research theme of 'towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation' (tWIST), it is our mission to produce research which is world-leading, distinctive, and policy-relevant. With two bachelor and eight master programmes, we provide a wide range of courses within the fields of geography and spatial sciences.

The Department of Cultural Geography contributes to the bachelor programmes of Human Geography & Planning and Spatial Planning & Design, and the master programmes of Cultural Geography and Tourism Geography & Planning. The Department’s research is centred around issues of place, identity and wellbeing. In particular, we explore the relations between people and place, and the social experience of transformations in rural and regional communities around the globe. We continuously renew our research and educational programmes, for example by incorporating innovative digital developments. Our Centre for Advanced Studies in Urban Science and Design (CASUS) develops state of the art knowledge and digital skills, integrated in research and education.

Job description

As an Assistant Professor, you will contribute to teaching, research and management tasks. Your main teaching tasks will be in bachelor and master courses related to GIS and spatial data analysis and in supervising master and/or bachelor theses. To strengthen our team, we are looking for a colleague whose research focus fits the faculty research theme ‘towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation’ (tWIST).
As an Assistant Professor you will invest 60% of your time in teaching and management, and 40% in research (including PhD supervision).


  • has a PhD in human geography or related social science field, in which GIS was a key research tool
  • has an interest in and knowledge about geospatial data science and in applications of GIScience to societal and environmental issues from local to global scales
  • has publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals
  • will develop a research agenda consistent with the Faculty’s research focus and will supervise PhD students
  • will contribute to CASUS' aim of enhancing knowledge using digital technologies and apply it to topics such as mobility and wellbeing, rural geography, or tourism
  • is in the possession of a University Teaching Qualification or is prepared to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
  • has teaching experience in GIS; awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching techniques
  • is willing to participate in appropriate Faculty committees and/or other management tasks
  • is fluent in English and has knowledge of or is willing to learn Dutch (to at least CEFR B2 level – for reading and listening).

Conditions of employment

  • the University of Groningen offers a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,656 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
  • on top of that income, you will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an annual bonus of 8.3%. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU)
  • you will be appointed for a period of 2 years with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Starting date: 1 July 2019 or earlier

You may apply for this position until 10 February 23:59h / before 11 February 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form, see:

Applications should include:

  1. Letter of application
  2. A curriculum vitae including publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas, experience in teaching and management
  3. The names of two referees.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place on 15 March 2019.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. It has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code ( and the European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers from the European Commission.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


Dr Gerd Weitkamp, Assistant Professor Geography, Liveability and GIS,

Dr Arjan van den Assem, Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, 

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

Additional information

Location: Groningen - Netherlands
Salary: €3,637 to €5,656
£3,234.75 to £5,030.45 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2019
Closes: 10th February 2019
Job Ref: 219009
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