Profile of the Rector Magnificus


University Services


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Job description

Your responsibilities
In your position as Rector Magnificus, you form part of the Board of the University and together with your fellow board members, you work on the University's strategic goals. The Board leads the entire University organization; to this end, it consults with the faculty boards and the managing directors of the various service units. The Board closely involves the University Council in its decision-making processes.

Our current President, Prof. Jouke de Vries, was appointed on 1 October 2018 and reappointed in 2022. He coordinates and monitors the functioning of the Board of the University as a whole. Vice President Hans Biemans is responsible for operational management. He was appointed in 2019 and reappointed in 2023.

Diversity and quality will be the guiding principles in the search for the new Rector Magnificus (academic background in humanities/social sciences or technical sciences/medicine, gender, and professional experience).

The Board of the University jointly communicates the strategy, mission, and vision of the UG. The members replace and support one another when necessary or desired, while each having their own focus areas.

As Rector Magnificus, you represent the academic community, emphasizing high-quality teaching and research and the connection between the two. You are responsible for academic integrity and the quality of teaching and research, care for the position of students within our University, and liaise with the student organizations. You safeguard our regulations and protocols and you chair the PhD Board.

A review on how the University’s governance model works is currently being conducted. The results of this review may influence the way in which the governance model will be shaped in the future.


Ideal profile:
- you are a professor and you have extensive administrative experience, for example as a dean or director of an institute, partly gained at a Dutch university
- you possess academic stature and have a broad international network. You know how to inspire and motivate our academic community to achieve our strategic goals. You support the key points of the Strategic Plan for 2021-2026 and are able to further develop and shape the UG vision together with the University community
- you have an extensive network that proves relevant for the further development of our University. You have an understanding of and affinity with public-political environments and are internationally oriented
- you play an active role in uniting our academic community, maintain close contacts with key partners, are well-known in academia, and you can navigate easily between The Hague, Brussels, and the Northern Netherlands
- you liaise with our students and student organizations and have an interest and understanding of students' interests.

Your qualities:
- you have an inspiring, motivating, and unifying personality
- you have a clear vision for research and teaching
- you are a strategist, geared towards transparency, with a long-term focus, and the ability to place us and our interests in a wider context and build solid relationships with internal and external parties
- you possess good communication and discussion skills
- you are sensitive towards people and processes
- you have an authentic, honest character and demonstrate a natural commitment to the organization and an eye for the position of staff and students
- you are stress-resistant and maintain an overview in the event of a calamity
- languages: English and Dutch at level C1 of the CEFR.

In case of equal suitability, the diversity of the team will be the determining factor.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

The position will become vacant as from 1 September 2023. Your appointment will be for a period of four years, with the possibility of reappointment. We are open to discussing the terms and conditions, with due respect for the Standards for Remuneration Act (WNT).

Job Application

An assessment may be part of the selection procedure. Are you interested in becoming our next Rector Magnificus? You can apply until the end of 9 April 2023 by sending a short motivation letter and an up-to-date CV to:, attn. Dorothea van Rijnen and Seerp Leistra. If you have questions about the application procedure, you can contact Dorothea van Rijnen and Seerp Leistra by calling +31 (0)20 726 7272.

Alternatively, if you have questions about the content of the position, please contact Stephan van Galen, Secretary-General, on +31 (0)50 363 5280 (management assistant) or via

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:

Stephan van Galen, Secretary-General

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0161