Assistant Professor Globalization Studies and Humanitarian Action (1 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 excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We create knowledge and share its benefits with 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 form a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.

The Department of International Relations and International Organisation (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, and supports the PhD programme of the Graduate School for Humanities of the Faculty of Arts. 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 an international working environment for an increasing number of foreign students and research 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 degree programme in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), the Research Masters in International Relations with a specialisation in Modern History, and the masters programme on Euroculture. Research in the Department of IRIO is organised through the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action.

Job description

What will you be working on?

The Chair Group 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 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, and grass root needs and domestic arrangements of governance.

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations, with an emphasis on Globalisation and Humanitarian studies.

In teaching, candidates are expected to provide BA- and MA-level courses, as well as support PhD supervision. Depending on the disciplinary background, candidates must be able to contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, Policy and Governance, History of International Relations, International Politics, and/or qualitative and quantitative social science research methodologies. The candidate is also expected to provide specialised courses for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action especially on topics related to humanitarian analysis and intervention design (context and stakeholder analysis, programming tools, advanced management)( as well as in the MA in International relations (

Supervision of students will play an important part in the position. Participation in managerial committees related to the organisation of the degree programmes is expected. The candidate will be a team player and will have the flexibility to teach at advanced and introductory levels.

In research, the candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the theme Globalisation Studies and International Humanitarian Action. We welcome candidates with theoretical as well as practical expertise in globalisation studies and humanitarian action. Of particular interest for this position are candidates having a strong expertise on authoritarian regimes / illiberal democracies especially tackling issues such as civic movements and transnational activism, violent mobilisation and socio-political inequalities in such contexts. A geographical focus on Middle-Eastern or Latin American contexts is particular welcome. This quality of this expertise should be demonstrated by a strong publication track record, especially in the generalist journal of the discipline.

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. The candidate is expected to develop a research funding plan allowing her/him to attract external funding in the short/medium term.


• a completed PhD in International Relations or a cognate area
• proven research results, supported by a list of at least two peer-reviewed articles published in indexed journals
• further research potential and plans supported by a programme of research for the next three years indicating its contributions towards developing the theme Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action
• excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups
• you have teaching experience and relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, Basic Education qualification)
• you have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
• knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn it within a reasonable period of time is one of the conditions for tenure (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
• excluding 8% holiday allowance and 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 a full-time employment
• an appointment on a temporary basis for 5 years, with an outlook to a permanent contract when you meet the criteria.

The appointee will ideally commence on 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We comply to the conditions of employment of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (cao NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 25 April 11:59 pm / before 26 April 2021 Dutch local times by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

You can fill in the form and upload 4 PDF files (all in English):

1. a letter of motivation, where the candidate clearly states his/her teaching and research potential and the expected contributions to the Department and University at large
2. a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experience and mentioning two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required)
3. a list of publications
4. a plan for research for the next three years (max. 2000 words).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place in May 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer that we value diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply. We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Herman Hoen

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221152

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