Assistant Professor in Film Studies (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 5 days ago
Deadline: 03 May 2021


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. 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 5000 students and 700 staff members and offers 16 bachelor’s programmes and over 40 master’s specialisations.

Job description

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). Date of appointment: 1 February 2022.

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 very specific, adding to the already existing expertise of the film staff or opening it to new perspectives.

We are particularly interested in candidates specialised in the field of
? documentary film and audiovisual media (including new interactive and virtual-reality forms) and other non-fiction and non-narrative forms of art (experimental cinema, essay films, home movies, industrial films, operational images).

Other interests could include but are not limited to
? research on television, streaming platforms, new/digital audiovisual arts and their technologies
? feminism, postcolonialism, critical race theory
? cutting-edge experimental methods, hands-on empirical practices, big data approaches.

The successful candidate will teach in our bachelor’s programme in ‘Arts, Culture and Media’ as well as in our international master’s track ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media.’ The language of instruction is English. In view of a balanced formation of the film section within the programme, women and people of colour 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 21 permanent staff members, five of whom have a focus on film studies. Our highly international staff comprises colleagues from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the US, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Greece, and Denmark. The BA programme has an annual enrolment of around 100–120 students from all parts of the world; the MA programme accepts around 60 national and international students every year (ca. 20 have an emphasis on film studies).

Research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and its research centre Arts in Society. 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, under the supervision of the head of department
? 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 Art, Medium and Moving Images or Arts, Culture and Cognition).


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 February 2022)
? an excellent research track record in film 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 a year
? 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 the department’s research and educational programmes
? organisational experience and skills
? excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
? expected to have or gain understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,746 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position. The gross salary is excluding 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. The position entails a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research-time. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

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: .

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:

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for 5 years with the possibility of becoming a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment. The assessment for a permanent position is possible from the 3rd year onwards.


For information you can contact:

Miralda Meulman, Degree programme coordinator (for more information on the formal procedure), +31 50 363 8950

Dr M. (Miklos) Kiss, Associate Professor of Film Studies/head of department Arts, Culture & Media,

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

Additional information
MA Program Arts and Culture
MA Track Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media
BA Program Arts, Culture and Media
Teaching Staff Department of Arts, Culture and Media
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