Assistant Professor in New Testament and Christian Origins (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 32,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Being among the best research universities in Europe and working alongside prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen aims to be an international centre of knowledge.

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies dates back to the University’s foundation. Being part of a public university, it aims to perform cutting-edge research and teaching in a wide variety of disciplines in the fields of theology and religious studies. We investigate religions as cultural phenomena and social forces in diverse contexts in the past and present. By generating and sharing scholarly knowledge, the Faculty aims to create impact and to contribute to a sustainable society, offering the public and gouvernment credible resources for reflection on religion and society.

Job description

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (UD) in the field of New Testament and Christian Origins (1.0 FTE), on a temporary basis due to replacement. The position will involve 50% teaching, 40% research, and 10% administration. The position will be located within the Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins. The historical orientation of the Department of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins, in which the position is located, means that we investigate all detectable currents in the formative periods of these traditions, not only those that would later become normative. The candidate will contribute to the teaching programme (BA, MA, and Research Master's level) and do research in the field of New Testament and Christian Origins.


The successful candidate is expected to do research, and to supervise undergraduate, graduate and PhD students in the field of New Testament and Early Christianity. (S)he is expected to develop new ideas in research, and to acquire external funding (independently or jointly with other colleagues) for future research. (S)he is expected to develop a conceptually consistent research programme that complements the research of the Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins.
With regard to teaching, the appointee will contribute to the curriculum of Theology and Religious Studies on different levels (BA, MA, ReMa) according to her/his expertise and research focus. (S)he will maintain the high standards of teaching excellence that have made ours the top-ranked undergraduate programmes in Theology and in Religious Studies in the Netherlands.
With regard to community, the successful candidate should be a team player who contributes to the Department through research collaboration and through active participation in joint educational and administrative activities. Furthermore, (s)he will be encouraged to develop socially relevant research in keeping with the Faculty’s Centres/Research Institutes (

What we ask:

• a PhD degree in New Testament and Early Christianity or related discipline
• experience and proven success in teaching in a variety of class types and sizes
• an exemplary research record demonstrated by publications in international top journals and/or in peer-reviewed books
• ability to acquire external funding (public or private) for research projects
• a well-founded and motivated application with an innovative and integrative research plan for the coming five years and a challenging outlook for the future, taking into account the international research landscape in your field
• significant international experience and evidence of international recognition
• evidence of organizational qualities, communication skills and entrepreneurship
• a team player and skills at working in a multidisciplinary team
• fluency in the English language, in written and spoken form
• the University of Groningen requires teaching staff to attain the University Teaching Qualification; a successful applicant lacking this qualification (or equivalent) is expected to obtain it within two years, by attending courses at the University
• willingness to learn the Dutch language, with the aim of reaching European standard B2 within three years so that you are able to communicate with faculty, staff, and students in Dutch
• willingness to take up residence in or near the city of Groningen.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 60 months.

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

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3,637 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 5,656 gross per month (scale 12) with a full-time appointment
• a holiday allowance and year-end bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
• a pension scheme
• maternity and parental leave
• a broad range of opportunities for personal development
• an appointment on a temporary basis for 5 years
• dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:

Starting date: 1 September 2020

Job Application

You may apply for this position until until 24 May 11:59pm / before 25 May 2020 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

• a letter of motivation (letter of motivation attachment)
• a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (CV attachment)
• a list of three self-selected “best papers” and an appropriate writing sample (extra attachment)
• a statement about teaching goals and experience and a description of scholarly interests and plans that fit the profile of the Faculty and the Department (extra attachment 2)
• the names of three references complete with title and contact information (extra attachment 3).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration. The selection interviews will take place on 8 and 10 June 2020. A research presentation, lecture and an assessment may be part of the selection procedure. The whole procedure will be online/digital.

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.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Roig Lanzillotta, Head of the Department of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220159

Digital application form