Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 21 Nov 2022


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 75). Its 36,000 students, more than 23% 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 40 Master’s specialisations.

Job description

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

The candidate is expected to have a broad expertise in film history, film theory, and film analysis and audiovisual culture. 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 very specific, adding to the already existing expertise of the film and media studies staff or opening it to new perspectives.

We are particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in one or more of the following areas (in no particular order):

  • Screen acting
  • Cognitive approach to audiovisual media
  • New media technologies and the production of audiovisual content.

The successful candidate will teach in our Bachelor’s programme in ‘Arts, Culture and Media’ as well as in our Media Studies programme. The language of instruction is English.

The successful candidate will become a staff member of the Arts, Culture and Media department. Our departments’ highly international staff comprises colleagues from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the US, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Greece, Israel, Italy, and Denmark.

Research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG: ). 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 departments’ undergraduate and graduate programmes
  • participate actively in curriculum development and in the design and administration of course modules
  • carry out and generate high-quality research in 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 departments’ research centre.


In addition to a number of 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, (New) Media Studies or a closely related field (or will have received the PhD by 1 September 2023)
  • an excellent research track record in Film and Media Studies, including relevant book and article publications
  • teaching experience at the university level and proven didactic abilities
  • gained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or is prepared to do so within 2 years
  • the motivation 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 research and education with film and media studies’ 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.

Conditions of employment

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

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The position entails a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research-time. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

There is a probationary period of 18 months. After a positive assessment at the end of this period the contract will be converted into a permanent one. The candidate is expected to live and work in Groningen for this position.

The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:
We acknowledge that talented prospective staff often have talented partners who also wish to further their careers. The university offers Dual Career Support in order to assist partners of new academic staff in building a new social network and looking for employment, an internship, voluntary work or further study opportunities. For more information, please check:

Date of entry into employment: 1 February 2023


For information you can contact:

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

Dr M. (Miklós) Kiss, Associate Professor of Film Studies/Head of Department,

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)

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BA Media Studies
BA Arts, Culture and Media
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