Assistant Professor Regional Labour Markets / Economic Geography (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Spatial Sciences


University of Groningen

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences consists of approximately 100 members of staff, 100 PhD students and around 1000 undergraduate students. We focus on high quality teaching and research in the fields of social and economic geography, demography, and spatial planning. With a single collective research theme of 'towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation' (tWIST), it is our mission to produce research which is world-leading, distinctive, and policy-relevant. With two bachelor and eight master programmes, we provide a wide range of courses within the fields of geography and spatial sciences.

The Department of Economic Geography offers a vibrant academic environment with an international staff and extensive experience in working within international research projects. In terms of teaching, the Department of Economic Geography contributes to the bachelor Human Geography and Planning and is responsible for the master Economic Geography, including the track 'Regional Competitiveness and Trade' and the master of Real Estate Studies. Our research is directed towards issues related to regional labour markets, migration, entrepreneurship, happiness, socio-spatial inequalities and real estate applying quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.

Job description

As an Assistant Professor, you will contribute to teaching, research and co-ordination tasks in the department of Economic Geography. Your main teaching tasks will be in bachelor and master courses in Economic Geography (e.g. the course Regional Labour Market Analysis) or Real Estate and in supervising master’s and/or bachelor’s theses, depending on your expertise. With regard to research, we seek someone with a profile that fits the research topics of the Department and the Faculty and who is willing to participate in the research project “Talent in the Region” on labour market developments in the province of Groningen as well as other research themes of the Department related to regional labour markets, entrepreneurship, happiness and/or socio-spatial inequalities.


• a PhD-degree (or nearly finished) in the wider field of economic geography, regional science, applied economics and/or real estate or in another social science with one of the research themes in the department with proven experience in applying qualitative or quantitative research methods
• publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals in the field of economic geography, regional science and/or real estate
• experience in various teaching approaches; awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching techniques
• possession of a university teaching qualification or willingness to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
• network of connections in the field of economic geography, regional science, labour economics and/or real estate, willingness to invest in external relations and to participate in external projects, events and presentations, representing the Faculty and the Department
• willingness to share ideas with, give energy to and invest in colleagues and students
• is willing to participate in appropriate Faculty committees and/or other management tasks
• motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team that uses qualitative as well as quantitative methods
• fluency in English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 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 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• on top of that income, you will receive an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
• you will be appointed for a period of 2 years for 1.0 FTE, but 0.8 FTE is also possible.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Starting date: 1 September 2021 or earlier

Job Application

You may apply for this position until Tuesday 18 May 2021,11:59pm / before 19 May 2021, 12:00 pm Dutch local time (CET), Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

1. a letter of application
2. a curriculum vitae including publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas, experience in teaching and management
3. the names of two referees.

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

The selection interviews will take place on Friday 4 June 2021.

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), 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. Sierdjan Koster

Prof.dr. Jouke van Dijk

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221251

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