Assistant Professor Legal Methods (0.8 FTE)


Faculty of Law


University of Groningen

Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. We encourage the 35.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Among the best research universities in Europe, we join forces with prestigious partner universities and networks around the world, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Law in Groningen
The Faculty of Law is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty of law with both high-quality education and research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of The Netherlands.

The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and research, benefitting society. With more than 4.900 students and almost 400 staff members, the faculty is heavily involved in educating students, both Dutch and international. The faculty is a modern, broad and international institution, educating students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent lawyers.

Job description

The Department of Legal Methods has an opening for an Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent). The Assistant Professor will be involved in teaching and research activities.

The prospective Assistant Professor will teach and coordinate various courses in bachelor and master programmes. The courses concern introductory courses in law, such as Introduction to Law and Legal Skills. In this course, students are introduced in the major areas of law and legal skills. If language skills allow, the Assistant Professor will also be involved in introductory courses in Dutch, such as Algemene Rechtswetenschap 1 and Algemene Rechtswetenschap 2. If language skills allow, the Assistant Professor will also be involved in teaching and coordinating courses in Dutch concerning methods and methodology in legal research. These courses concern doctrinal legal research, empirical legal research and master thesis writing.

The Assistant Professor will conduct research within the department of Legal Methods. Research expertise and interests preferably lie in one or more of the following three research areas which play a central role in the research at the department: (1) public order and safety, (2) housing rights and law and (3) methods and methodology in legal research.

The Assistant Professor may participate in the research of the ERC project EVICT on the right to housing, evictions and data science. This project is coordinated by professor Michel Vols within the department (see

The Assistant Professor is expected to successfully undertake research: publish (peer-reviewed) journal articles and books (chapters), organise and participate in conferences and write grant proposals to acquire research funding. The Assistant Professor is also expected to fulfil a coordinating and/or pioneering role in the research group. This may include (co-)supervising PhD and (research) master’s students and the further development of the project websites of our research group (see for example or

The vacancy concerns a one-year appointment for 0.8 FTE with the prospect of a second year and/or a permanent employment.

Department of Legal Methods
The Assistant Professor will become a member of the Department of Legal Methods, a vibrant and relatively young legal multidisciplinary department at the faculty of law of the University of Groningen.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following qualifications:

• a (nearly) finished PhD in law
• possession of a basic university teaching qualification or preparedness to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
• experience in providing and coordinating courses at university level will be considered an advantage, but is not essential
• expertise in one or more of the research areas of the Department of Legal Methods
• willingness to (co-)supervise PhD and (research) master’s students
• experience in attracting external research funding
• an emerging national and/or international network
• fluency in English
• the ability to teach in Dutch will be a strong advantage
• ability to work both individually and as part of a team
• demonstrable competences: planning and organising, conceptual capacity, presenting, monitoring, flexibility, independent, analytical skills.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

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

• a minimum salary of € 3,353 (scale 10.4) and a maximum salary of € 3,746 (scale 11.0) gross a month on a full-time basis in accordance with your experience
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary position of 0.8 FTE (80%) for the period of one year with the option of renewal for a permanent employment. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year.

The faculty offers the opportunity to attend international conferences and to participate in workshops and seminars.

The preferable starting date of the position is 1 August 2021, or as soon as possible

Job Application

If you are interested and you meet our qualification criteria, please include within your application:

• a cover letter
• curriculum vitae
• a scanned version of your PhD degree, or a letter attesting to the fact that you are in the final stages of completion of your PhD
• a list of grades from your master’s degree (and list of publications if applicable) and the names and contact details of three referees, who may be contacted
• a writing sample of up to 10.000 words, including footnotes (on a topic related to one or more of the research areas of our department).

You may apply for this position until 11 April 11.59 pm / before 12 April 2021 Dutch locak time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview which will take place in April 2021. In such a case, it will also be possible to interview remotely.

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:

Dr Berend Roorda

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221128

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