Assistant Professor (UD) in Ancient History (1.0 FTE)

The chair group of Ancient History has a vacancy for an Assistant Professor with a starting date of September 2022. We are looking for a candidate with a strong and innovative research agenda to complement our current interests. We are primarily looking for a specialist in Roman imperial / late Roman history. We would particularly like to hear from applicants with research interests in contacts with cultures beyond the confines of the Graeco-Roman world.
The chair group of Ancient History teaches at all levels in the programmes of History, Classics as well as in the interdisciplinary Research Master Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and on a regular basis in the Groningen Honours college, University College, and several interdisciplinary Minor Programmes.
Our research focuses on the Greek world from the Classical to the Roman period and on the Roman Republic and Late Antiquity. Thematically, our current interests include cultural history (especially Greek religion and festivals), political history (Classical Athenian democracy and law, the Greek polis in Hellenistic and Roman periods, leadership in Late Antiquity, Roman imperialism) and social and economic history (colonization, landscape history and the history of connectivity). We have expertise in the fields of Greek and Roman archaeology, Greek epigraphy, spatial approaches and digital humanities. Much of our research is explicitly interdisciplinary. There is a structural engagement and collaborative research with the programmes of Archaeology, Classics, Religious Studies and digital humanities.The chair group hosts innovative research projects on Greek festival networks in the Hellenistic world (, and spatial narratives ( We are currently developing new projects on Greek epigraphy, the role of writing in Greek religion, the integration of the Greek world and the world of Judaism in the Roman empire, and Roman colonization and land use.
The chair group is an active participant within OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in The Netherlands, and in the Anchoring Innovation Research agenda (


● a PhD in Ancient History (or a closely related discipline)
● at least 1 year of postdoctoral experience in a teaching and/or research position
● international experience will be considered an advantage
● Pproven skills in interdisciplinary research and affinity with interdisciplinary teaching and research
● an active and innovative research agenda as evident from a research and funding plan for the next two to five years
● an excellent publication record for the stage of your career including at least one monograph (or under review) and a number of peer reviewed articles
● experience in teaching at University level and demonstrable didactic abilities, with a broad teaching portfolio
● a University Teaching Qualification or willingness to fulfil the requirements thereof
● enthusiasm for outreach activities and communicating academic research to non-academic audiences
● strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties within the department and over departmental boundaries
● a capacity and willingness to undertake organizational duties
● fluency in English (C1 level of the CEFR) and Dutch (or willingness to learn the Dutch language within two years to at least C1 level of the CEFR – for reading and listening).


Fixed-term contract: 12-18 months.

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

● a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,821 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,943 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
● a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
● an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
● participation in a pension scheme for employees
● 232 holiday hours per calendar year.

The position entails a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research-time. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The faculty will facilitate you with obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language within two years. Having started to learn Dutch is a criterion for a permanent position.

The base for this position is a temporary contract for 12 or 18 months with a view on a permanent contract. The concrete content and duration of the temporary employment contract (12 or 18 months) depend on the candidate’s previous employment history.

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:

Starting date: The appointment will start as soon as possible, but at the latest at 1 August 2022


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