Assistant Professor in History of Art, Architecture, and Landscape (1.0 FTE)

Department

Faculty of Arts

Organisation

University of Groningen

The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5.000 students and 700 staff members, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 16 Bachelor's programmes and over 40 Master's tracks. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

The Department of History of Art, Architecture & Landscape in Groningen is unique because it combines the study of the visual arts, urbanism, architectural history and the history of landscapes, and examines the relationships between artwork, city and landscape. Characteristic for the approach of the art history section is that it transcends the traditional lines of division between different periods and, while acknowledging the efficacy of chronological series in teaching, stresses the common features of works of art as material objects. Specific for the architectural and urban history section is that it positions classical, object based history and theory as the basis for addressing contemporary issues, notably in cultural heritage and issues related to the health impacts of architecture, urbanism and public health. Typical for the landscape section is the interaction between designed landscapes (country estates, gardens, parks, land art etc.) and the geological and archaeological features of landscapes.

Job description

The candidate:

• has a basic understanding of the three distinct yet interconnected domains of the Department
• has practical and theoretical expertise in cultural heritage studies
• is enthusiastic about the specific qualities of the three domains
• is willing to participate in the different research centres the Department participates in, i.e. Arts in Society, Expertise Center Architecture, Urbanism and Health (a joint venture of the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, and the University Medical Center of Groningen), Center for Landscape Studies
• shares the philosophy underlying the ambitions to optimise interaction and cross fertilisation between these domains
• is willing to teach bachelor courses of the curriculum, in all three domains
• has in-depth knowledge of the art, architectural and landscape history of Europe, from the Middle Ages until the present time
• knows the professional vocabulary of in these fields in English and Dutch
• is willing to work with professionals from other Departments and Faculties, notably the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (which shares the responsibility for a joint minor programme), and the participants in the Expertise Center Architecture, Urbanism and Health: the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, and the University Medical Center of Groningen
• has reached the requirements of the University Teaching Qualification (BKO), or is willing to meet these requirements within two years.

The candidate will work in research, teaching (undergraduate and graduate courses, thesis advising), the preparing and accompanying excursions in the Netherlands and abroad, assistance in grant proposal writing, relevant administrative tasks. Education will comprise approximately 60% of the time.

Requirements

• PhD in the field of art history, architectural and urban history and/or landscape history
• strong research profile and publication record appropriate to career stage
• record of high-quality teaching appropriate to career stage
• willingness to apply for relevant research grants
• some experience with administrative duties and/or departmental service and/or professional service is welcomed
• demonstrably good command of the English language (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
• expected to have or gain understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 60 months.

We offer 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, 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
- a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research-time. The appointment will be on a temporary basis for 5 years.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/new-staff/

Starting date: 1 September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter

Job Application

Applications (in PDF files) should include:

• a cover letter which explains the motivation for applying for this position
• a full curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, taught courses, external funding, teaching qualification
• a research plan of 1-2 pages that includes future ideas for projects and grant applications
• a teaching statement, in maximum of 2 pages, that outlines your teaching philosophy
• the names and contact details of two academic referees.

You may apply for this position until 29 April 11:59 pm / before 30 April 2021 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women 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

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Joost Keizer
joost.keizer@rug.nl

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221154

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