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Rosalind Franklin Fellowships

Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the Faculty of Arts


3 Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5000 students and 700 staff members. In addition to language and culture degree programmes, the Faculty has degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines, from archaeology to international relations, from journalism to the history of architecture.

Research is carried out in the field of modern and classical languages and cultures/area studies, journalism studies and media, history, art history, archaeology, linguistics and international relations. The classic and broad profile of the Faculty provides a fertile breeding ground for discoveries are born and innovation takes place in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Currently, six Rosalind Franklin Fellows work at the Faculty of Arts in the departments of Journalism Studies, American Studies, Archaeology, History and English/Applied Linguistics.

Rosalind Franklin Fellowships – job description

The University of Groningen initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme to promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution. The ambitious programme has been running since 2003 and has financed over seventy Fellows.

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is aimed at women in industry, academia or research institutes who have a PhD and would like a career as full professor in a European top research university. [1] The Fellowship is only awarded to outstanding researchers.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, largely externally funded research programme in collaboration with colleagues at our University and elsewhere. They will also be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the teaching programme of their discipline.

The University of Groningen has 30 tenure track positions available in this programme, currently co-funded by the European Union. We invite ambitious female academics to apply for these positions.

Three RFF positions

At the moment there are three RFF Tenure Track positions available at the Faculty of Arts for female candidates. The Rosalind Franklin Fellows will work in the area of their choice and pursue their research at one of the departments of the Faculty of Arts. Applicants with research that fits the Faculty profile are welcome in the following areas in particular: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, English Literature and Culture, Dutch Literature and Culture or Art History. Candidates with a profile in one of these fields are thus preferred. Teaching duties will comprise 40% and management will constitute 10% of the appointment.

General requirements

  • a PhD degree for at least 3 years on reference date 30/11/2014
  • exemplary research record demonstrated by publications in international top journals and/or in peer-reviewed books
  • proof of independence and international recognition
  • experience in various working environments in different countries
  • successful in acquiring external funding for research projects
  • teaching experience or proven inclination for teaching demonstrated by tutoring/mentoring of individuals or small groups
  • demonstrable organizational qualities and communication skills
  • a well-founded and motivated application with an innovative research plan for the first five years and a challenging outlook for the future which takes into account the international research landscape in their field of specialization
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date of 30/11/2014. Please check whether you are eligible to apply by doing the eligibility check.

Additional requirements

·         Successful candidates must have experience in working in a heterogeneous, interdisciplinary environment.

·         Successful candidates must have demonstrable management capacity and organizational skills.

Conditions of employment

The appointment of a Rosalind Franklin Fellow/assistant professor will be on a temporary basis for a maximum of 6 years. After 4-5 years of employment, there will be an assessment of performance based on established criteria including research and teaching qualifications. If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the assistant professor will be promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. At the end of a further 4-7 year period, there will be another assessment aimed at promotion to full professor.

The University of Groningen offers a starting salary for the Rosalind Franklin Fellow/assistant professor, dependent on qualifications and relevant work experience, of a minimum of € 3,259 gross per month (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum of € 5,070 gross per month (salary scale 12 Dutch Universities) for a full-time position.

The salaries include an 8% holiday allowance, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in an employee pension scheme. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for the University of Groningen .

Please visit our webpage for more information about conditions of employment.


Applicants should submit:

  1. a full curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications (file 1.)
  2. a letter of motivation (file 2.)
  3. a 3-5 page statement of research accomplishments and future research goals (file 3.)
  4. a list of five selected ‘best papers’ (preferably including copies) (file 4.)
  5. the names and contact information (including e-mail address) of 3 referees (file 5.)

The application files should be sent electronically in PDF format.
Applications with missing credentials will not be taken into consideration.

You may apply for this position between 01/10/2014 until 01/12/2014.

For more information, please contact Irma van Dijk, Please do not send any application documents to this address!

Please visit our website, for more information about these Fellowships, the requirements and the application procedure.

[1] Under European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups.

Last modified:February 12, 2016 13:57