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Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Spatial Sciences (1,0 fte)

Job description
Rosalind Franklin Fellowship
- Career track for an assistant professor in geography of leisure and tourism.
To promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution, the University of Groningen has initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme. The ambitious programme has been running since 2007 and financed thus far over sixty fellowships. 

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is primarily directed at women in industry, academia or research institutes who have a PhD and aim for a career towards full professorship in a European top research university. The fellowship offers career opportunities to work in international leading milieus and is only awarded to outstanding researchers.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally funded research program 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.

We invite ambitious academics who aim for a career towards full professorship to apply for this position.

A fellowship is starting in 2013 in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

Applicants preferably have:
• a PhD degree in a relevant area
• 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, preferably in different countries
• successful in acquiring external funding for research projects
• teaching experience or proven inclination for teaching demonstrated by tutoring/mentoring 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.

The successful candidate is expected to build a research programme in the area of geography of leisure and tourism. Any topic within this broad space will be considered. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences has an overarching research theme of ‘Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation’. Applicants should demonstrate how their research in the area of tourism and/or leisure connects to this theme. The two departments of Economic and Cultural Geography, which work closely together, are especially interested in the role of tourism and/or leisure in regional development, regional identity and place branding/marketing of tourism destinations, and the contribution of leisure to wellbeing. Nevertheless, the fellowship is open to all topics within the broad field of geography of leisure and tourism, and the strongest applicant will be offered the appointment irrespective of the precise topic of interest in that field.


About the University of Groningen
Since its inception in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed 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 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to 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 provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and especially encourages female applicants to apply. In case of equal qualifications, the university will prefer appointment of a female candidate*.

Candidates employed by a Faculty of the University of Groningen are eligible for a Rosalind Franklin fellowship within that Faculty only if appointed in temporary, non-tenure track positions and if they have had at least two years of employment outside that Faculty.

* Under Dutch jurisdiction encouraging women to apply is lawful.


Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge at the age of 26. Her research at the laboratory of Kings College, London, was an important contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Franklin used X-ray crystallography in her research, whereas her colleague Wilkins used molecular methods. At the same time, Watson and Crick at the University of Cambridge were trying to discover the structure of DNA using a theoretical modelling approach. When they became aware of the results of Franklin’s experiments and saw her X-ray photos (unbeknownst to Franklin), they realized that they had empirical evidence for their theory of the double helix.

Unfortunately they did not include her in their publications. Franklin died of cancer at the age of 37, probably as a result of inadequate radiation safety measures. Had she survived, she would have become one of the most renowned female scientists of her generation in Europe. Today her work is a shining example to young, brilliant female scientists who are engaged in a career in science.


Conditions of employment
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Five years
Maximum hours per week: 38
The Rosalind Franklin Fellow will be appointed in a Tenure Track position within the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

Additional conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers the fellowship for a maximum of five years at a salary of at least € 3195 gross per month (full time position, scale 11). The salary and the duration of the fellowship will depend on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Subject to a favorable evaluation after a maximum of five years, the fellow will be awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. After a period of four to maximum seven years another evaluation will take place and if this proves favorable, promotion to Full Professor will follow.

Additional Information
Additional information about the research programme of the faculty can be obtained from:

prof. dr. J. van Dijk, Professor of Regional Labour Market Analysis,
e-mail address:


prof. dr. F.M.D. Vanclay, Professor of Cultural Geography,
e-mail address:

Additional information about the terms of employment can be obtained from:

mrs. A.R. Groeneveld – Jousma, HR-advisor,
e-mail address:

Application deadline December 1st 2012

As an applicant, you are requested to submit:
1. your curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications
2. PDF’s of your three self-selected best papers
3. your CV (or cover letter if provided) should clearly indicate up to five keywords describing your research area
4. a three-to-five page statement of your research accomplishments (1-2 pages) and your future research goals (2 to 3 pages). This should demonstrate a connection to the Faculty research theme: wellbeing, innovation and spatial transformation.
5. a letter of motivation
6. the names, addresses and email addresses of three referees who can be contacted for a letter of recommendation.

You can send your application only by e-mail to ;
Always refer to RFF/FRW.

University of Groningen
HR Department
The Netherlands 

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