Assistant Professor in Film Studies (1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 04 Jun 2024

The Arts, Culture and Media programme of the University of Groningen is looking for a highly motivated full-time Assistant Professor in Film Studies (in Dutch: universitair docent).

The candidate is expected to have a broad expertise in film history, film theory, and film analysis. The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%): while we expect a willingness to teach in a wide range of areas, the research profile of the candidate can be specific, adding to the already existing expertise of the film staff or opening it to new perspectives.

Preferred areas of expertise include, but are not restricted to (in no particular order):

  • documentary Film and Non-Fiction Film
  • environmental and Ecological Approaches to Cinema
  • animation Studies
  • transnational and Global Cinema
  • film and Technologies
  • media Platform Studies/Streaming Media
  • film and Digital Humanities/Big Data Approaches
  • archive Studies

The successful candidate will teach in our Bachelor’s programme in “Arts, Culture and Media” and our international Master’s track Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media. The language of instruction is English, but there is a chance that the candidate might have to teach partly in Dutch in the future. Women, people of color and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will become a staff member of the Arts, Culture and Media programme, which is responsible for the Bachelor’s programme “Arts, Culture and Media” as well as four tracks in the master’s programme “Arts and Culture”: Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media; Music, Theatre and Performance Studies; Arts Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship; and Arts, Cognition and Criticism. It currently has 25 permanent staff members, six of whom have a focus on film studies. Our highly international staff comprises colleagues from The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Greece, and Denmark. The BA programme Arts, Culture and Media has an annual enrolment of around 100–120 students from all parts of the world; the MA programme Arts and Culture accepts around 60 national and international students every year (ca. 25-30 have an emphasis on film studies).

The Arts, Culture and Media programme is part of the cluster which also includes the programmes Art, Architecture and Landscape, as well as Media Studies and Journalism.

Teaching Staff Department of Arts, Culture and Media: https://www.rug.nl/let/onze-faculteit/organisatie/vakgebieden/arts-culture-and-media/teaching-and-research-staff

Research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG - https://www.rug.nl/research/icog/?lang=en ) and its research centre Arts in Society (https://www.rug.nl/research/icog/research/research-centres/artsinsociety/?lang=en ). ICOG provides ample support in applying for grants with national and international funding agencies. There is also an annual travel budget for conference participation and other research-related trips.

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • teach and supervise students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes
  • participate actively in curriculum development and in the design and administration of course modules
  • teach and develop courses with colleagues from other programmes within and outside the cluster
  • carry out and generate high-quality research in film and audiovisual media
  • pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
  • participate actively in international research networks and build international collaborations
  • participate in the activities of the interdisciplinary research centre Arts in Society and one of its theme groups such as Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media (https://www.rug.nl/research/icog/research/research-centres/artsinsociety/themegroups/film-and-contemporary-audiovisual-media?lang=en )
  • move to Groningen for this position.

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university. In international rankings it regularly features among the best 100 universities in the world (latest Times Higher Education: rank 79). Its 36,000 students, more than 27% of whom are international, are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The university’s Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5,000 students and 700 staff members and offers 16 Bachelor’s programmes and over 50 Master’s specialisations.


In addition to some basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills, and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for candidates who have:

  • acquired a PhD in Film Studies, Cinema Studies, Screen Studies, or a closely related field (or will have received the PhD by 1 September 2024)
  • an excellent research track record in Film Studies, including relevant book and article publications
  • teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
  • gained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or is prepared to do so within 2 years
  • a dedication to acquire third-party funding on the national or international level
  • a relevant national and international academic network
  • the willingness to make substantial contributions to the development of ACM’s research and educational programmes
  • organisational experience and skills
  • excellent command of English (at least CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, and speaking)
  • the willingness to learn Dutch to at least CEFR B2 level (for reading and listening) within two years.

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

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience of between € 4,332 and € 5,929 (scale 11 CAO Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance and participation in a pension scheme for employees
  • Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
  • 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full time employment
  • a contract length of 18 months, after which, should you meet the criteria, the position will become permanent. The position has a 60-40 percent distribution with regard to teaching-research.

The Faculty will only consider candidates who are willing to move to Groningen in the near future and live in the surrounding area of Groningen.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/


Miralda Meulman, Degree Programme Coordinator (for more information on the formal procedure), +31 50 3638950  [email protected]



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