Assistant Professor American Studies (0.8 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Job description

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen builds on a long-standing tradition going back four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty providing both excellent education and world-class research, with a strong international orientation as well as firm roots in the northern Netherlands. We build on knowledge and share the benefits with society. We are part of a broad, modern and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become ambitious, articulate and independent individuals. We are a diverse and hardworking team of 700 staff members.

The Programme of American Studies is searching for an Assistant Professor to strengthen our team. We are looking for an enthusiastic and cooperative colleague with a focus on a hemispheric approach to American Studies, a promising research agenda that complements our current interests, and a teaching portfolio that demonstrates the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Your work tasks include the preparation, monitoring and teaching of (new and continuing) course units in a range of interdisciplinary areas, with a special focus on Latin American culture and history. You are expected to produce research and supervise undergraduate and graduate students as well as to develop new ideas in research and education, and secure funding (independently or jointly) for future research. You are expected to collaborate with colleagues within the American Studies programme, as well as with other programmes in the Faculty.

American Studies in Groningen
The American Studies programme at the University of Groningen is the only one in The Netherlands to offer a self-contained, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree programme (three years) as well as a master’s degree programme (one year). Fully taught in English by an international staff it leads the national accreditation rankings for academic excellence across the humanities. The majority of our approximately 240 students spend a semester at one of the fifteen US universities with which our programmes have long-established student exchange relationships.

Research in American Studies is embedded in the Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics (DemCP) and conducted under the auspices of the Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG).


● a PhD in (Latin)American Studies or related fields such as Caribbean Studies
● experience in setting up new course units at the university level, using inspiring teaching methods and linking your research activities to your course units at the bachelor and master levels in a range of interdisciplinary areas, including the aforementioned fields
● a demonstrated affinity with and teaching experience in interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, from a transnational and inter-American perspective
● an excellent publication record for the stage of your career
● a demonstrable capacity and willingness to operate beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries within and beyond the field of American Studies, in teaching and in research
● a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
● the capacity and willingness to undertake administrative duties
● international research experience and an international research network (appropriate to career stage)
● teaching experience and relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, University Teaching Qualification), or the willingness to obtain this qualification in the first two years of your appointment
● the ability to communicate, teach and publish in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
● proficiency in Dutch or willing to learn it within a reasonable period of time (two years); CEFR B2 for reading and listening; CEFR B1 for writing and speaking.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- an 0.8 FTE appointment at the level of Assistant Professor with a gross monthly salary depending on qualifications and work experience from € 3,974 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) for a full time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance. For international candidates an advantageous tax rule may be applicable
- a temporary contract for 12 or 18 months with a view on a permanent contract. The concrete content and duration of the temporary employment contract (12 or 18 months) depend on the candidate's previous employment history. The position entails a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research-time. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The faculty will help you obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language within two years. Having started to learn Dutch is a criterion for a permanent position.

The appointee will preferably commence 1 August 2023

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Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include the following PDF files:

1. A cover letter
2. A curriculum vitae
3. A list of publications and an outline of your research plans
4. The names, titles and complete addresses (including email and telephone) of two people who are willing to provide additional relevant information
5. An appropriate writing sample (a book chapter and/or peer review article).

We will only consider complete applications that are submitted by the deadline.

You can submit your application until 26 February 11.59pm / before 27 February 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). Please send your application in English and upload your application documents in a single pdf-file under ‘Letter of motivation’.

The selection interviews will take place in March 2023 and could include an on-campus lecture.

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Tim Jelfs, a.i. Supervisor American Studies

Marit van Mil, HR Advisor

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0058

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