Assistant Professor Latin Language and Literature (0.7 FTE)
Faculty of Arts
University of Groningen
The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in The North of The Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5.000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.
In our Classics programmes (*4), the Bachelor programme combines the study of Greek and Latin language and literature with the study of Greco-Roman culture (in particular history, archaeology and philosophy). Combining and integrating the study of languages and culture is characteristic of the programme. The one-year Master programme Classics trains students in in-depth analyses of all aspects of Greek or Latin texts and thematic study of important (cultural historical) facets of Classical Antiquity. The two-year interdisciplinary Research Master Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) focuses on the classical, medieval and early modern period and prepares students for an academic or research related career. Finally, the two-year Educational Master caters for students wishing to become a teacher in Classics, and consists of the one-year MA programme, followed by the one-year Teacher Educational Programme. The BA and Educational Master are primarily taught in Dutch, the other programmes in English.
Depending on the nature of your research (*5), it will be embedded within the Institute of Cultural Studies Groningen (ICOG), or the Centre for Language and Cognition (CLCG) as well as within OIKOS at the national level.
*4. See: Bachelor Classics (https://www.rug.nl/bachelors/classical-studies/), master classics (https://www.rug.nl/masters/classics/, research master CMEMS (https://www.rug.nl/masters/classical-medieval-and-early-modern-studies-research/?utm_source=Study.eu&utm_medium=Listings) and educational master (https://www.rug.nl/masters/language-and-culture-education-classics/)
*5. For our research profile see: https://www.rug.nl/research/research-let/onderzoek-per-vakgebied/griekse-en-latijnse-taal-en-cultuur/
Within the field of classics we are looking for an assistant professor of Latin Language and Literature to strengthen our team. We place a strong emphasis on integration and interdisciplinarity. We study and teach Greek and Latin literary and documentary texts in an increasingly interdisciplinary way and in collaboration with others. The Bachelor and Master programmes in Classics are wide-ranging, dynamic and multi- and interdisciplinary degree programmes.
The assistant professor will perform research within the Institute of Cultural Studies Groningen (ICOG), or the Centre for Language and Cognition (CLCG), dependent on the nature of the research.
Within Classics we are closely collaborating with the other classics departments in The Netherlands. a.o. in the programme Anchoring Innovation (*1), the national master programme Masterlanguage (*2) and in the national research school OIKOS (*3) that is coordinated by our Faculty as of January 2021.
We offer a position of 0.7 FTE with 60% of your time for teaching (including administration) and 40% research.
We are looking for a candidate in Latin Language and Literature with a broad teaching portfolio and a strong and innovative research agenda to complement our current interests. We welcome strong applications from all specialisations within the study of Latin, but we are particularly looking for a candidate working on the Classical and/or Late Antique periods, and with interest in the study of the language itself. A track record of cooperation with other relevant disciplines will be an asset.
● you will play an important role in teaching within the BA and MA programmes of Classics and other programmes in which Classics takes part (see below)
● you will be expected to develop a promising research line and write an application(s) to capture national or international grants
● you will present (intermediate) research results at national and international panels, workshops or conferences and possibly also (co-)organise a research event in Groningen
● you will participate actively in administrative and organisational activities.
*1. This programme is funded by the NWO-funded Gravity Grant ‘Anchoring Innovation’ (https://www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring-innovation/) (2017-2027).
*2. See: https://masterlanguage.nl/
*3. OIKOS: https://www.rug.nl/research/research-let/onderzoekscholen/oikos/
● you have a PhD in Classics (Latin) (or a closely related discipline)
● you have at least one year of postdoctoral experience in a teaching and/or research position
● you have an excellent publication record for the stage of your career, preferably including at least one monograph (under review) and peer reviewed articles
● you have a demonstrable capacity and willingness to operate beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries within and beyond the field of Latin, in teaching and in research
● you have a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
● you have teaching experience and a relevant teaching qualification (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, University Teaching Qualification), or willingness to obtain this qualification in the first two years of your appointment
● you have the capacity and willingness to undertake organisational duties
● you bring enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences
● international experience and outlook will be considered an advantage
● you have the attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
● you have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
● you have knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn it within a reasonable period of time (within two years) (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking).
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, with a minimum of € 3,746 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
● a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income, an 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. We offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment
● an appointment on a temporary basis for five years.
The Faculty is considering only those applicants who are ready to move to Groningen and live in the near environment of Groningen within a period of two years.
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), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code
The appointee will ideally commence 1 August 2021
You can fill in the form and upload 4 PDF files (all in English):
• a letter of motivation
• a CV with a list of three self-selected “best papers”; the complete list of publications and the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee
• a brief description of scholarly (or research) interests and plans and a statement about teaching goals and experience (maximum two pages in total). You can upload this under “extra document” on the website
• an appropriate and characteristic writing sample, you can upload this document also.
You can submit your application until 18 March 11:59pm / before 19 March 2021 Dutch local time (CET) 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 selection interviews will take place over April 2021.
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), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. Gerry Wakker
In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221079