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Lecturer European Politics and Society (0.8 FTE) (220112)

Job description

You will be part of the European Politics and Society chair group and a team aiming at excellence in teaching and research. You will teach courses on European Politics and Society, predominantly within the interdisciplinary European Languages and Cultures (ELC) BA programme and the track European Politics in Global Perspective in the MA in International Relations. The chair group concentrates on European political theory, comparative political systems, and political cultures- and the ways they operate in a broader societal context, from a theoretical and empirical/historical perspective. Research by the lecturer will be conducted under the auspices of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and its Research Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics.


• you have a PhD in political science, sociology, or history
• you are able to teach a variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of European politics and society in English (CEFR C2 for speaking, reading, listening and writing) and in a foreign language, preferably German; knowledge of Dutch is a plus
• due to the multidisciplinary nature of the ELC degree programme, you are able to place European politics and society into a wider cultural, historical, theoretical and socio-political context
• you demonstrate excellence in conducting high-level research, have an active research agenda as demonstrated by publications and an international network
• you have teaching experience and/or relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO –Dutch University Basic Education qualification)
• you like to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary 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 an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to 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. We are a team of hardworking and diverse group of 700 staff members.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 2,709 (salary scale 10) to a maximum of € 4,978 (salary scale 11) gross per month for a full-time position
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
  • 232 holiday hours per calendar year for a full-time employment
  • a temporary position financed through an external H2020 grant that will be tenable for 2 years (1 September 2020-31 August 2022) on a 0.8 full-time equivalent (FTE) basis.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

The appointee will ideally commence 1 September 2020.


Do you want to become a member of our team? Please fill in the application form and upload 4 PDF files (all in English):

1. a letter of motivation
2. a CV
3. a brief description of scientific interests and plans; a statement about teaching goals and experience (maximum two pages in total). You can upload this under ”extra document” on the website
4. an appropriate writing sample with a list of three self-selected “best papers”; the complete list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees.

You may apply for this position until 16 April 11:59 pm / before 17 April 2020 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place in May 2020.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Lars Rensmann, l.p.rensmann

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.