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General job description

Call closed 1 December 2014!


Since its inception in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education providing high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best universities in Europe, and by joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The University of Groningen focusses on three main societal themes – Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.With these themes the University is looking to bridge the gap between science and society. The University encourages researchers to participate in these themes by means of their research.

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 2007 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.* 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.

Positions are available in the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Economics and Business
  • Law
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Spatial Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Medical and Life Sciences

* Under European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups.


  • PhD degree for at least 3 years on reference date 11/30/2014
  • 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: eligibility check.

Please note

  • There may be additional requirements formulated by the faculty of your preference. P lease check the faculty job description .

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 forthe 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 1 October 2014 and 1 December 2014.

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