Assistant Professor in Economic, Social and Environmental History (0.8 FTE)

You will be working in the Department of History. We are an active and international teaching and research group comprising some 45 people covering all the chronological and thematic fields within the historical sciences. You will prepare, monitor and teach (new) course units on Environmental History and Economic and Social History. You will produce research and supervise undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. You will develop new ideas in research and education, and secure funding (independently or jointly) for future research. You will collaborate with colleagues within the History programmes, as well as with other departments in the Faculty of Arts (including within externally funded projects), with colleagues from Spatial and Economic Sciences and with international guest researchers.

We offer you a position in which you will dedicate 60% of your time to teaching (including administration) and 40% to research.

You will participate in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (


  • you have a PhD with a focus on Environmental History, a strong social scientific historical approach and are experienced in the use of big data, Economic and Social History with an emphasis on the post-1750 World
  • you have at least three years of teaching experience and relevant teaching qualifications (such as the BKO/University Teaching Qualification)
  • you have experience in setting up new course units at university level, you use inspiring teaching methods and you link your research activities to your course units
  • you are an excellent researcher, as evidenced by a publication record in national and international peer-reviewed journals
  • you have international research experience and an international research network
  • you like to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • your strengths are organizing, entrepreneurship, communication and meeting deadlines
  • you are keen to pursue research funding grants
  • you are able to communicate, teach and publish in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
  • you have a proficiency in Dutch or are willing to learn it within a reasonable period of time (CEFR B2 for reading and listening; CEFR B1 for writing and speaking).

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
– a minimum gross salary of € 3,637 (salary scale 11) and a maximum gross salary of € 5,656 (salary scale 12) per month for a full-time position, depending on your qualifications and work experience
– 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in an employee pension scheme; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
– 232 holiday hours per calendar year for a full-time position
– an appointment on temporary basis for 5 years.

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

The appointee will ideally start on 1 January 2020.

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, upload these PDF files (all in English):
1. Letter of motivation, including a brief statement about your research accomplishments and future research goals
2. CV
3. List of five self-selected ‘best papers’ plus a complete list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees
4. Teaching evaluations (if available)
5. Appropriate writing sample.

You can submit your application until 21 August 11:59 pm / before 22 August 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the vacancy notice on the university website).

We will only consider complete applications that are submitted by the deadline.

The selection interviews will take place in September/October 2019 and will include an on campus lecture.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Fixed-term contract: 60 months


Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts builds on a long-standing tradition going back four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty providing both excellent education and world-class research, with a strong international orientation as well as firm roots in the Northern Netherlands. We build on knowledge and share the benefits with society. We are part of a broad, modern and international institution, educating over 5.000 Dutch and international students to become ambitious, articulate and independent individuals. We are a diverse and hardworking team of 700 staff members.

Additional information

Allyson Bulthuis, HR Advisor

Prof. Maarten Duijvendak, Chair Economic and Social History

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