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Assistant Professor European Culture & Literature: German (0.8 FTE)

University of Groningen


The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be a top ranking faculty with both outstanding education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. The Faculty of Arts creates and shares knowledge through excellent research and education, benefitting to society. It is a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics.

Job description

The successful candidate is expected to prepare, coordinate and teach new courses on European Culture and Literature, including German Culture and Literature and the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Music, in a multidisciplinary environment; and to conduct research and to supervise undergraduate, graduate and PhD students in these fields. S/he is expected to develop new ideas in research and education and to acquire funding (independently or jointly with other colleagues) for future research.

The selected candidate will work with other colleagues in the Chair of European Culture and Literature under the BA programme of European Languages and Cultures. S/he will be a member of an interdisciplinary team of researchers collaborating with other programmes and boards in the faculty and/or funded by externally raised funds and international guest researchers. The team covers many areas of Literary, Cultural and Political Sciences.

The position will involve a teaching load of 60% (including administration) and 40% research. The call is open to candidates with a background in Modern German Literature; the successful candidate should demonstrate his/her ability to connect effectively to the Chair's academic vision and ongoing research projects and contribute to the faculty’s excellence in teaching and research.


Candidates for the position must have:

  • a PhD in Modern Literature or in Cultural Studies with special focus on German
  • demonstrable knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Music
  • a demonstrable interest in European Cultural and Literary Studies and multidisciplinary work
  • teaching experience at university level with relevant teaching qualifications (such as the University Teaching Qualification (in Dutch: BKO)
  • excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • ability to work both independently and in a (virtual) multidisciplinary team
  • organizational competence, entrepreneurship and excellent communication skills
  • a willingness to obtain research funding grants
  • the ability to communicate, teach and publish in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking) and German; knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn it within a reasonable period of time may be one of the conditions for tenure (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years
  • the ability to meet deadlines and produce work of consistently high standards.

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 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position. The gross salary is excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The appointee will ideally commence as soon as possible.

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for 5 years and will become a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment. The assessment for a permanent position is possible from the second year onwards.

The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

You may apply for this position until 10 April 2019 23.59h / before 11 Dutch local time by means of the application form, see:

Applicants should fill in the application form and upload four PDF files (all in English):

  1. A letter of motivation
  2. A CV with a list of five self-selected “best papers”; the complete list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees;
  3. A brief description of scientific interests and plans; a statement about teaching goals and experience (maximum two pages in total) (this is to be uploaded under ”extra document” on the website)
  4. An appropriate writing sample (this is to be uploaded under ”extra document” on the website).

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

The selection interviews will take place in April and May 2019.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. We have 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. The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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

Location: Groningen - Netherlands
Salary: €3,637 to €5,656
£3,234.75 to £5,030.45 converted salary* gross per month.
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th March 2019
Closes: 10th April 2019
Job Ref: 219151
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