Assistant Professor Modern & Contemporary Art (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 23 Jun 2022


The 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, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers 16 Bachelor's programs and over 40 Master's tracks. Our internationally widely acclaimed research covers Archaeology, Art & Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Media & Journalism, Language & Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Job description

Excellent research assessments and growing student numbers enable the Department of History of Art, Architecture and Landscape to hire an Assistant Professor in Modern & Contemporary Art. The position is located in the chair group of Art History & Material Culture. We are seeking an early career scholar able and willing to further develop with us an inclusive and ecologically informed art history. The candidate’s research focus dovetails with the transhistorical, theory-minded, and object- and location-based approaches dominant in the Department. The candidate teaches across the BA curriculum, which uniquely combines history of art, architecture, and landscapes, and within the MA track Art History & Curatorial Studies. The candidate actively builds a research agenda that reaches beyond the confines of modern / contemporary art history and has a strong pedagogical ethos, keen to participate in and develop innovative learning formats. The candidate has excellent social skills and is able to work with an international, diverse team of colleagues and students.

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • teach and supervise students in the department's undergraduate and graduate programmes in English
  • participate actively in curriculum development, programme coordination, as well as design and administration of course modules
  • conduct and generate excellent research in art history
  • pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
  • participate actively in local, national, and international research and professional networks and build new collaborations, in particular with museums
  • participate in the activities of the Research Centre for Arts in Society, part of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) ICOG, as well as in other inter-faculty and inter-university research & teaching activities
  • participate in the development of the Artistic PhD programme.


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

  • a PhD in Art History or will defend her/his PhD thesis within the next six months
  • knowledge of the fields of art history & material culture, curatorial & museum studies, eco criticism, art-based and artistic research, technical art history, cultural heritage, and/or related fields
  • teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
  • gained their University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are prepared to do so within two years
  • an excellent research track record, including relevant publications
  • an outstanding national and international academic network
  • contacts with professionals in the field, in particular museums in the Netherlands and beyond
  • willingness to make substantial contributions to the development of the Department's research and educational programmes
  • organizational/managerial experience and skills
  • excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking), and the willingness to learn Dutch.

Conditions of employment

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

  • a minimum salary, depending on qualifications and experience of between € 3,821 (salary scale 11) and € 5,943 (salary scale 12) gross per month on a full-time basis
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • a contract length of 18 months, with the possibility for a permanent appointment upon positive evaluation
  • a 60/40 % teaching-research distribution.

The preferred date of entry into employment is 1 September 2022.


For information you can contact:

Prof. dr. Ann-Sophie Lehmann,

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

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