Assistant/Associate Professor Religion, Law and Human Rights (1.0 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education. The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is an ambitious faculty with a dynamic and accomplished staff drawn from around the world. For more information on the faculty, see In line with its sustained strategy of growth, the faculty seeks to hire a scholar in the field of Assistant professor (UD) or an Associate Professor (UHD) ‘Religion, Law and Human Rights’ (1.0 fte).

Job description
An important focus of the position will be the extension of an existing (taught degree) master track on Religion, Conflict and Globalization.
The position will be located in the department Christianity and the History of Ideas and the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain (CRCPD). The appointee will contribute to a research cluster on freedom of religion or belief, contributing to policy and public debate on issues related to religion, politics and ethics across various cultural and political contexts worldwide. In this context, the appointee’s having an extensive network among policy makers would be considered an important advantage.
The position will involve a teaching load of 50%, 40% research and 10% administration. The call is open to candidates from a wide array of disciplinary backgrounds; the successful candidate should demonstrate his/her ability to connect effectively to the department’s ongoing research projects ( and enhance the faculty’s presence in the university-wide research network ‘Sustainable Society’ (

Candidates for the position must have:
• a PhD in a relevant field, i.e. religious studies, theology , political theory, (contemporary) history, philosophy
• a specialization in the field of religion, law and human rights, including political dimensions
• excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
• teaching experience at university level
• a demonstrated track record or capacity for obtaining research funding grants
• skills at working in a multi-disciplinary team
• organizational competence, entrepreneurship and excellent communication skills
• (and preferably) an extensive network among policy makers in government, non-government or intergovernmental sectors.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 60 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary for the assistant professor dependent on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,427 (scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,330 (scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position. For an associate professor the University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 4,749 (scale 13) up to a maximum of € 6,349 (scale 14) gross per month for a fulltime position. On top of that income the candidate will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an annual bonus of 8.3%. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The appointee will ideally commence in post on 1 August 2017. The position is fulltime, but an employment of a minimum of 0.8 fte is also possible. The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for a maximum of 5 years, with the strong ambition of making the position permanent. At beginning of the fifth year, the Faculty Board will decide on this, depending on the performance of the appointee and the financial position of the faculty. The rank of the position is open. The faculty will make an appointment on the level of Assistant professor (UD) or Associate professor (UHD), depending on the qualification of the appointee. Promotion from an Assistant to an Associate professorship is possible upon review of the appointee’s performance. The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer and has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists and members of under-represented groups. Therefore, female candidates and members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. Interviews are planned on 20 and 21 February 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be notified before 15 January 2017 and will be expected to be in Groningen for both days of the interviews. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and reimbursed. How to apply You may apply for this position until 4 January / before 5 January 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applicants should fill in the application form and upload four PDF files: - the first file includes a letter of motivation - the second file includes 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 - the third file includes a brief description of scientific interests and plans (maximum three pages); a statement about teaching goals and experience. This can be loaded under ”extra document” on the website - the fourth file includes a an appropriate writing sample. This can be loaded under ”extra document” on the website. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. Christoph Jedan, Head of the department Christianity and the History of Ideas

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216299

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