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Working at UG

The University stimulates (informal) cooperation, both within your own department or workplace and beyond. There is an open and innovative atmosphere. You work alongside colleagues from different disciplines, from several perspectives and with various target groups, including students. You also have plenty of opportunities to meet other colleagues. The University of Groningen is a place where many different people come together.

Terms of employment

Here, you will find an overview of the terms of employment as laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) and our local regulations. This page provides information on:

  • Salary
  • Holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus
  • Commuting costs
  • Relocation costs
  • Fiscal travel allowance regulation
  • Flexible working hours and leave
  • Pension plan
  • Other schemes: collective health insurance, supplementary invalidity insurance, the 30% facility, paid parental leave, bicycle incentive scheme, and tablet/laptop scheme

Trade/Labour unions

The Universiteiten van Nederland negotiates with the Labour Unions on the compensation and benefits of the University staff (with the exception of the Executive Board). Compensation and benefits cover matters such as salary, leave, pension and social security.

The NFU, the Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra, is responsible for the collective labor agreement and other employment conditions of all University Medical Centre employees, UMCG included. In addition, they have a coordinating role in drawing up and organizing generally applicable guidelines, tools, agreements and events around the three core tasks of the UMCs: patient care, education and research.

Tenure track at different faculties

The University of Groningen Tenure Track system for academic staff members was introduced in 2003. The Track runs from assistant professor, via associate professor (adjunct hoogleraar) to full professor, a process that takes about ten years in total. If the career path is followed successfully, it will lead to a full professorship. The Tenure Track system has a strict selection policy, aimed at recruiting highly talented academics.

Promotion criteria

During the Tenure Track, progress along the career path is regularly assessed. A great deal of attention is paid to the supervision of Tenure Track staff, and to guidance in developing their teaching and management skills. The career path as described assumes successful completion of the different steps. The Tenure Tracker meets the norms of the performance criteria and is promoted to the next phase.

Last modified:14 June 2023 1.34 p.m.