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Assistant Professor Philosophy of Religion (0.8 FTE) (219097)


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 31,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Being among the best research universities in Europe and working alongside prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen aims to be an international centre of knowledge.

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies dates back to the University’s foundation. Being part of a public university, it aims to perform cutting-edge research and teaching in a wide variety of disciplines in the fields of theology and religious studies. We investigate religions as cultural phenomena and social forces in diverse contexts in the past and present. By generating and sharing scholarly knowledge, the Faculty aims to create impact and to contribute to a sustainable society, offering the public and government credible resources for reflection on religion and society. In line with its strategy, the Faculty seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (UD) in Philosophy of Religion (0.8 FTE).

Job description

As a successful applicant, you will work in the Department of Christianity and the History of Ideas, which is one of three departments in the Faculty. The Department of Christianity and the History of Ideas is a multidisciplinary department with a focus on cultural heritage, intellectual history, history of Christianity, ethics and philosophy, and on the contemporary governance of religion. Members of the Department participate in the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization and the Centre for Religion and Heritage.

We welcome applications from scholars, whose research profile can make a strong contribution to our research culture. Applicants may approach philosophical inquiry as it relates to religious traditions other than Christianity, for example, Judaism or Islam.

As appointee, you will teach and conduct research in the Philosophy of Religion and fulfill your share in the administration of Department and Faculty. The ratio of research / teaching / administrative time is 40 / 50 / 10 per cent. Acquisition of external research funding may lead to teaching load reductions.


The successful candidate is expected to do research, to teach, and to supervise undergraduate, graduate and PhD students in the field of Philosophy of Religion. (S)he is expected to develop new ideas in research, and to acquire external funding (independently or jointly with other colleagues) for future research. (S)he is expected to develop a conceptually consistent research programme that complements the research of the Department of Christianity and the History of Ideas. Also, (s)he is expected to have, or to develop, affinity with the Dutch context and to contribute to sustaining the Faculty’s strategic partnership with the Protestant Theological University.

With regard to teaching, the appointee will teach undergraduate and graduate classes in the Philosophy of Religion, including its history. (S)he will also teach courses on Ethics within our educational programme in Spiritual Care, and participate in PhD supervision. (S)he will maintain the high standards of teaching excellence that have made ours the top-ranked undergraduate programmes in Theology and in Religious Studies in the Netherlands.

With regard to community, the successful candidate should be a team player who contributes to the Department through research collaboration and through active participation in joint educational and administrative activities ( Furthermore, (s)he will be encouraged to develop socially relevant research in keeping with the Faculty’s Centres and its involvement in the university-wide research network ‘Sustainable Society’ (

What we ask:
• a PhD degree in Philosophy or Theology/Religious Studies; area of specialization: Philosophy of Religion
• experience and proven success in teaching in a variety of class types and sizes
• ability to teach ethics in our professional training programme in Spiritual Care
• an exemplary research record demonstrated by publications in international top journals and/or in peer-reviewed books
• ability to acquire external funding (public or private) for research projects
• a well-founded and motivated application with an innovative and integrative research plan for the coming five years and a challenging outlook for the future, taking into account the international research landscape in your field
• significant international experience and evidence of international recognition
• evidence of organizational qualities, communication skills and entrepreneurship
• a team player and skills at working in a multidisciplinary team
• fluency in the English language, in written and spoken form
• the University of Groningen requires teaching staff to attain the University Teaching Qualification; a successful applicant lacking this qualification (or equivalent) is expected to obtain it within two years, by attending courses at the University
• willingness to learn the Dutch language, with the aim of reaching European standard B2 within three years so that you are able to communicate with faculty, staff, and students in Dutch
• willingness to take up residence in or near the city of Groningen is preferable.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary for the Assistant Professor dependent on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,656 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position. On top of that income, the candidate will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an annual end of the year bonus of 8.3%. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The position is 0.8 FTE. The appointment will be on a temporary basis for 5 years. Midway through the five-year term, the Faculty Board will give a review and may grant permanent status, depending on the performance of the appointee and the position of the faculty.

The appointee will ideally commence in post on 1 August 2019.

You may apply for this position until 24 March 11:59 pm / before 25 March 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application in one file including:
• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
• an appropriate writing sample and a list of three self-selected “best papers”
• a statement about teaching goals and experience and a description of scholarly interests and plans that fit the profile of the Faculty and the Department
• the names of three references complete with title and contact information.

Interviews are planned on 13 and 14 May 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be notified before 15 April 2019 and will be expected to be in Groningen for both days of the interviews. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and reimbursed.

If you would like to draw our attention to suitably qualified candidates, please write to Prof. Todd Weir before 5 March 2019.

A research presentation or lecture and an assessment may form part of the next stage of the selection procedure.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Todd Weir, Head of the department Christianity and the History of Ideas,

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