Assistant Professor of Communication and Information Studies (1.0 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 build and share knowledge that benefits society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution with 700 research and teaching staff, educating over 5.000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics.

Communication and Information Studies
At Communication and Information Studies (CIS), we offer an international bachelor’s programme and a master’s programme with various tracks. We deliver academically trained communication professionals who can apply scientific insights in a diversity of professional contexts. In our research, we use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct both fundamental and applied research on language and communication, with a special focus on ‘document design’ (design, analysis, and evaluation of written, spoken and multimodal communication). This research is often situated in a societally relevant context and contributes strongly to the UG’s research themes Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.

Job description

You will teach courses on a variety of topics, with a special focus on corporate and marketing communication, document design and research methods (qualitative and/or quantitative). You will supervise both graduate and undergraduate students. Your research will address the design, evaluation, and optimisation of internal and external communication of organisations, and preferably mesh with the UG research focus areas Sustainable Society and Healthy Ageing.

You will develop new ideas for research and education. You will work with colleagues from within CIS and from other departments in the faculty. You are keen to pursue opportunities to acquire research funding.

We offer you a full-time position with 60% of your time for teaching (including administration). The 40% research time will be used to develop your own research line within Discourse and Communication.


● you have a PhD based on research in a relevant domain (e.g., Communication and Information Studies, Communication Studies, Social Psychology)
● you are an excellent researcher as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
● you have teaching experience and relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs / University Teaching Qualification) or are willing to obtain this qualification
● you like to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team
● you have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
● knowledge of Dutch is not an entry requirement, but a CEFR B2 level for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 level for writing and speaking are part of the conditions for tenure.

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
• 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. The faculty will facilitate you with obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language within two years
• anappointment on a temporary basis for 5 years with the outlook on a permanent contract if you meet the criteria.

We comply with 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:

You will ideally commence per 1 August, at the latest, 1 September 2021

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 9 May 11:59pm / before 10 May 2021 Dutch local time (CT) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

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

1. letter of motivation
2. CV with your education and work experience, evidence of your involvement in the international research community, evidence of teaching experience, a list of publications, and the names and contact details of two referees
3. research statement describing your scientific interests and plans (1 A4)
4. teaching statement about teaching goals and experience (1 A4).

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

The selection interviews will take place in the last weeks of May 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), 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. John Hoeks

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221177

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