Lecturer in Modern English Language and Literature


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Job description

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 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 contributors to society. We are a collegiate and diverse group of 700 staff members.

The Chairgroup of Modern English Literature and Culture invites applications for a temporary Lectureship (teaching only) in Modern English literature (0.75 FTE, fixed-term for 1 year).

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and co-teach a number of courses from our Modern English literature offering (post-1550) at undergraduate level, including a survey module, a module on World Literatures and a module on composition and, and at post-graduate (MA) level, a research tutorial. BA courses have existing syllabi and, in a number of cases, outlines of individual classes. Most importantly, the candidate will have to demonstrate experience in the supervision of BA and MA theses on a wide variety of topics related to literature in English post 1550. (For North American applicants: the teaching will amount to the equivalent of a 3-3 load per annum.)
The successful applicant will be required to teach classes in person throughout the academic year, though some courses may be taught in a hybrid online and physical environment. English is the only language of instruction in the Department.

The duties of teaching administration are limited to planning and assessing student work and to holding an office hour each week.


The successful candidate will:

● be able to teach a variety of undergraduate and post-graduate courses and supervise BA and MA theses in the area of English literature after 1550
● have experience teaching modern English literature and language skills at university level
● demonstrate the ability to transfer high-level and current research to the classroom
● be able to work in a team and under the supervision of course coordinators
● have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

The University of Groningen offers in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

● a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 2,960 to a maximum of € 4,670 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position (1.0 FTE).
● the statutory 8% holiday allowance
● an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.
● minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
● an appointment on a temporary fixed-term basis from 1 February 2023 to 31 January 2024.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse faculty. All qualified applicants will receive our full consideration. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Job Application

Applications should consist of:

● a letter of motivation
● a CV including a detailed overview of previous teaching
● a statement on your approach to teaching
● and student evaluations of previously taught courses (if available).
● the names and addresses of two academic referees, preferably ones who are familiar with your teaching.

You may apply for this position until Sunday 4 December 11:59 / before Monday 5 December 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on ‘Apply’ below on the advertisement on the University website).

Interviews will be held in the week of Monday 12 December 2022.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/[…]/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/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 John Flood

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V22.0814

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