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Assistant Professor Contemporary History of Computing & Information Culture Since 1945

University of Groningen - The Chair Group Contemporary History

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The Chair group Contemporary History is looking for an Assistant Professor with an excellent track record in the History of Computing and Information Culture since 1945. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who combine contemporary history approaches like oral history, global history, postcolonial approaches, or environmental history with digital methods. Familiarity with sources other than textual material such as audio-visual and/or digitally-born sources is an additional asset.

You will make an active contribution to the education of the Chair group Contemporary History within the BA and MA programs in History, the Research MA programs and other programs in which the Chair group takes part. Furthermore, you will connect the Chair group with other relevant institutions within the faculty such as the Centre for Digital Humanities or the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies as well as beyond the Faculty of Arts to facilitate inter-faculty research.

You will develop new specializations within the history programme and across programmes and participate in administrative and organizational activities. We expect you to develop a promising research line, present research results at national and international panels, workshops or conferences, and write applications to capture national and international grants.

University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high quality teaching and research. Its 34,000 students are encouraged to develop their individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe, and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. For additional information, see this link:

The University of Groningen has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is building on a tradition in research and education of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty in terms of both education and high-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. The faculty creates knowledge through outstanding education and high-quality research, and shares its benefits with society.

History is a large and dynamic department with a strong regional anchor and an international outlook. It accommodates and facilitates international state-of-the-art research in several major historiographical and interdisciplinary fields. We introduce our students to the diversity and complexity of human experience in the past and in present societies around the globe through the study of civilizations, regions, nations, communities, and individuals across all historical periods. We organize our teaching and research around a variety of thematic, geographical and theoretical approaches including, among others, network theories, connected history, reading history, medical humanities, material culture studies, history of emotions, postcolonial perspectives, and digital humanities.

The Chair group Contemporary History is a unique feature of the History Department at the University of Groningen and within Dutch academia. Contemporary history distinguishes itself from other historiographical fields through a strong focus on comparative analysis and the importance of translocal and global historical perspectives, emphasizing the evolution of interdependencies and divisions across disparate geographical scales since 1945. For more information about the chair group see:


  • You have a PhD in History or a relevant humanities and social science discipline
  • Ideally, you have at least one year of postdoctoral experience in a teaching and/or research position
  • You have an excellent publication record for the stage of your career, including at least one monograph (under review) and peer reviewed articles
  • You have a demonstrable capacity and willingness to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries within and beyond the field of History, in teaching and in research
  • You bring a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
  • You have teaching experience and relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs - Dutch University Teaching Qualification), or willingness to obtain one in the first two years of your appointment
  • You have a capacity and willingness to undertake organizational duties
  • You bring enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences
  • International experience and outlook will be considered an advantage
  • You have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
  • You have knowledge of Dutch or are willing to learn it within a reasonable period of time (within two years). This will be one of the conditions for tenure (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking).


Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • Salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of €4,332 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of €6,737 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
  • Excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. We offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment
  • An appointment for 0.8 FTE. The appointment will ultimately commence 1 January 2025, and will be on a temporary basis for 18 months, after which, should you meet the criteria, the position will become permanent.

The Faculty is considering only those applicants who are ready to move to Groningen and live in the near environment of Groningen within a period of two years.

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


You can fill in the form and upload 4 PDF files (all in English):

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

You may apply for this position until 21 April 11:59pm/before 22 April 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

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

The selection interviews will take place in May 2024.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

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For information you can contact:

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

Location: Groningen - Netherlands
Salary: €4,332 to €6,737
£3,767.96 to £5,859.82 converted salary* gross per month
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th March 2024
Closes: 21st April 2024
Job Ref: V24.0153
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