Lecturer European Politics and Society (0.7 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

The Faculty of Arts
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 an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a team of hardworking and diverse group of 700 staff members.

Job description

You will be part of the European Politics and Society (EPS) chair group, a team aiming at excellence in teaching and research. You will teach courses on European Politics and Society, predominantly within the interdisciplinary European Languages and Cultures (ELC) BA programme. This includes, among other things, teaching seminars in BA1 survey courses (Studying Europe, European Politics and Society, European (Dis)Integration), teaching BA2 research seminars (in English and Dutch), teaching courses on Dutch politics and society in Dutch to non-native speakers of Dutch, teaching the politics section of interdisciplinary courses on contemporary European culture, politics, linguistics, moderating and teaching theory-oriented courses at BA3 level, and supervising BA and MA thesis students. At the MA level, the EPS chair group is involved in the track European Politics in a Global Perspective in the MA International Relations. The chair group concentrates on European political theory, comparative political systems, and political cultures - and the ways they operate in a broader societal context, from a theoretical and empirical/historical perspective. Research by the lecturer will be conducted under the auspices of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and its Research Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics.


What are we looking for?
● you have a PhD in political science, sociology, history or related disciplines
● you are able to teach a variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of European politics and society in Dutch and English (CEFR C2 for speaking, reading, listening and writing)
● due to the multidisciplinary nature of the ELC degree programme, you are able to place European politics and society into a wider cultural, historical, theoretical and socio-political context
● you demonstrate excellence in transferring high-level research into the classroom against the backdrop of research publications and an international network
● you have teaching experience, preferably with a BKO/UTQ or equivalent
● you like to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 36 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 €2,790 (salary scale 10) to a maximum of €4.402 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• an appointment on a temporary basis from 1 August 2021 - 31 July 2024.

Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 20 June 2021 11:59 p.m. / before 21 June 2021 Dutch local time 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;
2. a CV with a list of three self-selected “best papers”; the complete list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees;
3. a brief description of scientific interests and plans; a statement about teaching goals and experience (maximum two pages in total). You can upload this under ”extra document” on the website.
4. an appropriate writing sample. You can upload this under ”extra document” on the 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:

Prof. dr. L.P. Rensmann, Professor of European Politics and Society

Dr. S. Couperus, Associate Professor

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221264

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

European Politics and Society (EPS) chair group

Digital application form