Assistant Professor Communication and Information Studies


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Job description

Full title: Assistant Professor Communication and Information Studies (Language and Social Interaction, Conversation Analysis / Discourse Analysis)

Are you fascinated by the workings of human interaction and communication and how we use language to achieve goals and negotiate relationships in daily life and in professional practice? Are you willing to join our academic community in Groningen, be part of our research group and contribute to the development of our program in Communication and Information Studies? Then you might be the perfect addition to our team.

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.

What will you be working on?
We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with expertise in the field of language and social interaction (Conversation Analysis/Discourse Analysis) to strengthen our team. We study interaction in professional settings and in everyday conversations. In our research, we contribute both to theoretical and practical questions and we collaborate with societal partners in the domains of health, education, sustainability and governance.

You will teach in the BA and the MA programmes Communication and Information Studies and in the BA program Dutch Language and Culture, this also includes supervision of bachelor and master theses. In addition, you will contribute to the further development of the curriculum in your area of expertise.

Your research will be embedded in the Discourse and Communication group of the Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG). We expect you to strengthen and complement our research in the field of discourse analysis/ conversation analysis in one or more of the fields mentioned above. We offer you a position with 60% of your time for teaching (including administration) and 40% for research. You will work in a multidisciplinary research environment, so experience with mixed methods is appreciated.


What are we looking for?

- you have a PhD in the area of conversation analysis/discourse analysis or other relevant areas in the study of language and social interaction preferably with a focus on interaction in professional contexts
- you are keen on conducting high quality research, actively engaging with the national and international research community, seeking external funding, and participating in the group’s activities
- you like to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team producing high quality work and you are open for inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and an international orientation
- you have significant teaching experience and the basic qualification at Dutch universities in higher education (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO) or are willing to acquire it within a reasonable time
- 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 promotion.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 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 to a maximum of € 5,439 (salary scale 11) gross per month for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- a fulltime position
- 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment
- participation in a pension scheme for employees
- a temporary contract for 12 or 18 months with a view on a permanent contract when you meet the criteria. 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 appointee will ideally commence 1 September 2023

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

Applications should include:

- letter of application
- a curriculum vitae including publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas, experience in teaching and management
- the names of two referees.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration. You may apply for this position until 25 June 11:59pm / before 26 June 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews with selected candidates will be held in July 2023.

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:

Prof. Mike Huiskes

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0357

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