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Assistant Professor European Culture & Literature: Spanish/French

University of Groningen - Faculty of Arts


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

Job description

The successful candidate is expected to prepare, coordinate and teach new courses in the fields of European Culture, Literature, and Politics; research, and supervise undergraduate, graduate and PhD students in the fields of Contemporary French and Spanish Literature, Culture, and/or Political Science in a multidisciplinary, multilingual and international context. The candidate is expected to develop new ideas in research and education, and acquire funding (independently or jointly with other colleagues) for future research.

The selected candidate will work with other colleagues in the Chair Groups of European Culture & Literature and Politics and Society organized within the Programme of European Languages and Cultures. The programme consists of a multidisciplinary team of researchers collaborating with other departments in the faculty and/or funded by externally raised funds and international guest researchers. The team covers many areas of Contemporary European Culture and Literature and European Politics with strong focus on cross-disciplinary work.

The position will involve a teaching load of 60% (including administration) and 40% research. The call is open to candidates from a Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, or Political Science/Political Theory background; the successful candidate should demonstrate his/her ability to connect effectively to the multidisciplinary ongoing research projects and contribute to the faculty’s excellence in teaching and research.


Candidates for the position must have:

  • a PhD in French and/or Spanish Culture and Literature, or Cultural Studies, or Political Science/Political Theory
  • competences in the study of Spanish and/or French Culture and Literature, Cultural Studies and Political Science/Political Theory
  • teaching experience at university level with relevant teaching qualifications (such as a BKO)
  • proven experience in designing new courses at university level and peer instruction
  • excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • ability to work both individually and in a 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 Spanish and French; 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 appointment (1.0 FTE) will initially be on a temporary basis for a non-renewable maximum length of 5 years. 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:

The appointee will ideally commence as soon as possible.


You may apply for this position until 10 April 11:59 pm / before 11 April 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form, please 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.


Prof. Pablo Valdivia Martin, 

Prof. Lars Rensmann, 

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: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th March 2019
Closes: 10th April 2019
Job Ref: 219157
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