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Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning (0.8-1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Spatial Sciences


The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen is looking for a Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning, preferably with interest in and knowledge about Geographic Information Systems and innovative digital developments.

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 two bachelor and eight master programmes, we provide a wide range of courses within the fields of geography and spatial sciences. 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. We continuously renew our 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 a Lecturer, you will contribute to teaching in the bachelor programme of Human Geography & Planning and the bachelor programme of Spatial Planning and Design. Your main teaching tasks will be related to GIS, methods of scientific research and (digital) skills courses. We will adjust the exact teaching requirements to your background and experience.


  • has a master’s degree in Human Geography, Planning or related social science field
  • has experience in teaching in higher education; awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching techniques
  • is in the possession of a University Teaching Qualification or is prepared to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
  • has an interest in and knowledge about GIS and innovative digital developments
  • 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 € 2,709 to a maximum of € 4,274 (salary scale 10 Dutch Universities) 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.
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Starting date: 1 July 2019 or earlier


You may apply for this position until 10 February 23:59h / 11 February 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 18 or 20 February 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: €2,709 to €4,274
£2,409.39 to £3,801.30 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2019
Closes: 10th February 2019
Job Ref: 219010
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