Assistant Professor Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

The Department of International Relations and International Organisation (IRIO) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen offers a full-time position for an Assistant Professor on Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action. The Department of IRIO is committed to top-tier research combined with high quality education. IRIO, with over 50 staff members, provides world-class, interdisciplinary and international bachelor and master degree programmes. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and the role of international organisation in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Department provides for an international working environment for an increasing number of foreign students and staff. The bachelor and master degree programmes are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programmes. Additionally, the Department contributes to the Erasmus Mundus 2-year master programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA), the research master’s in Modern History and International Relations, and the Erasmus Mundus master programme on Euroculture. Research in the Department of IRIO is organised in the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History and Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy; History and Theory of European Integration; and Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action.

The Chair Group on Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action (, where the position will be located, focuses on the impact of globalisation on all areas of human and institutional interaction with special attention for processes of international/regional security, sustainable development and international humanitarian action. Key driver is the motivation to unveil and analyse the inherent tension between an ever-increasing number of global (normative) agreements and patterns of conduct on the one hand, and grass root needs and domestic arrangements of gouvernance on the other. Africa and Asia are key geographical areas of interest. The interdisciplinary group with links to all faculties in Groningen is engaged in the analysis of decision-making and evidence-based programming in international relations, international (non-gouvernmental) organisations, international law and international humanitarian & developmental action. Sustainable livelihoods and ‘glocalisation’ are key concepts. More information:

Job description

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations, with an emphasis on globalization and humanitarian action. In teaching, candidates are expected to provide BA and MA level courses as well as support PhD supervision. Depending on disciplinary background, candidates must be able to contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR, international organisation and / or social science research methodologies; as well as specialized courses within the MA trajectory on international humanitarian action with a specific emphasis on the triangular interrelationship between humanitarian action, and conflict and security architecture.

In research the candidate is expected to contribute to, either the theoretical development of humanitarianism, or the development of humanitarian practice with an emphasis on field expertise. Thematically, we are looking for candidates with a specific interest in non-Western perspectives to humanitarianism, the link between humanitarianism and development, or the link between humanitarian ethics and globalization. Interaction and complementarity with other areas of intellectual strength in the group such as management of crisis situations, the reconfiguration of aid gouvernance, and evidence-based humanitarian programming, will be an advantage. The candidate will develop her/his own research projects (both individually and in small teams) and will contribute to wider research initiatives within the University and beyond. If appointed, the candidate is expected to actively contribute to a vibrant research environment by conducting and generating top research in international relations and by pursuing research grants and other forms of external funding.


The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary department. The candidate ideally has a background in International Relations and social sciences and has proven to be a global player vis-à-vis the many stakeholders in the issue areas of interest. We are looking for candidates with field experience and/or a strong theoretical strengths in the field of humanitarianism. The candidate should bring in an area of contacts in the relevant network of gouvernmental, intergouvernmental and non-gouvernmental organisations for future research acquisition purposes. The candidate will be a team player and will have demonstrable teaching experience.

The candidate's qualities are demonstrated by:
● a completed PhD in International Relations or a cognate field with expertise in the area of humanitarian action
● proven research results, supported by a list of at least two publications
● track record of acquisition of external research funding
● further research potential and plans supported by a programme of research for the next three years indicating contributions in the area of humanitarian action
● teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
● a University Teaching Qualification or the willingness to gain one within a year
● excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
● having or gaining understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years (possibilities for Dutch language courses are offered by the University)
● excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,637 gross per month (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,656 gross per month (scale 12) for a full-time position. The gross salary is excluding 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year gratification and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• an appointment initially on a temporary basis for 4 years with the possibility of becoming a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment. The assessment for a permanent position is possible from the 3rd year onwards.

The starting date for this appointment is 1 September 2019.

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
• a letter of motivation (cover letter)
• a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experiences
• two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required)
• a list of publications
• institutional contacts in the gouvernmental/non-gouvernmental area
• a plan for research (max. 2000 words) for the coming three years.

You can submit your application until 24 April 23:59pm / before 25 April 2019 Dutch local time 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 procedure will include a lecture or a presentation as well as an interview. Samples of writing may be requested of shortlisted candidates. Please do not provide them in advance.

Interviews are scheduled for 22 May 2019.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

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 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Director of the Centre for International Relations Research

Ms. M.S.D. Buurke MA, Degree programme coordinator

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219204

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