Assistant Professor in International Relations and Humanitarian Action (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Job description

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 create knowledge & new insights and share its benefits with society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics and professionals. We form a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.

The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) is committed to top-tier research combined with high quality education. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and the role of international organization in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Bachelor ( and Master degree programs ( are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programs. Additionally, the Department contributes to the EMJMD 2-year Master degree program in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), and the Research Master in International Relations with a specialization in Modern History. Research in the department is organized through the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Global International Relations.

What will you be working on?

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations and Humanitarian Action in the Chair group of Global International Relations.

In teaching, you are expected to provide BA- and MA-level courses, as well as support PhD supervision. Depending on your disciplinary background, you will be asked to teach specialized courses for the MA IR and in the EMJMD 2-year MA programme on “International Humanitarian Action” ( Participation in managerial committees related to the organization of the degree programmes will be expected. In general, you could contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, Policy and Governance, History of International Relations, and International Politics.

In terms of research, you are expected to contribute to the development of innovative research projects focusing on disasters of various origins (from acts of terrorism and conflict, to major industrial accidents, technological failures, earthquakes, droughts, floods, etc.).

You will develop your own research projects (both individually and in small teams) and will contribute to wider research initiatives within the University and beyond. We expect that you develop a research funding plan to attract external funding in the short/medium term.


Who are we looking for?

- you have a completed PhD in International Relations, Political Science, or a cognate area
- you have proven research results, supported by a list of at least two peer-reviewed articles published in indexed journals
- you have further research potential and plans supported by a program of research for the next three years indicating its contributions towards developing one of the research areas mentioned above
- practical experience working in the humanitarian/aid sector is an advantage
- regional expertise in Asia Pacific is an asset
- you have excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups
- you have teaching experience and have or are expected to acquire relevant teaching qualifications, such as the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ or in Dutch, BKO) within one year
- 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: 18 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 € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
- participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The faculty will facilitate you with obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language.

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for 18 months with an outlook to a permanent position when you meet the criteria.

The appointee will ideally commence on 1 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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:

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 19 March 11:59pm / before 20 March 2023 Dutch local time (CET) 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, where you clearly state your teaching and research potential and the expected contributions to the Department and University at large
2. a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experience and mentioning two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required)
3. a list of publications
4. a plan for research for the next three years (max. 1000 words).

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

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:[…]/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Francesco Giumelli

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0117

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

Department of International Relations and International Organization Network on Humanitarian Action Centre for IR Research

Digital application form