Chair of European Politics and Society

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Mar 2023

Job description

Situated in the bustling economic and cultural capital of the region, the University of Groningen is a research-intensive university with a truly global outlook that attracts a large number of staff and students from the Netherlands and internationally.

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high quality teaching and research. Its 36,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. The University of Groningen has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

Building the State of the Arts together
The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries and their mission is to create positive societal and academic impact through relevant, high-quality teaching and research. The faculty strives to remain an ambitious top-ranking faculty with excellent education and state of the art research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of The Netherlands. The faculty builds and shares knowledge which benefits society, and educates over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics.

The Faculty offers a multidisciplinary environment and a wide range of degree programmes. Its research, which is internationally acclaimed, covers the fields of Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

The Faculty of Arts is seeking to appoint a Chair in European Politics and Society with an established reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and im-pact. The Chair will lead a young and dynamic team of interdisciplinary researchers, with varied research interests and disciplinary backgrounds, including history, political sciences, political sociology, political communication, comparative politics and political theory. This role is particularly suitable for an enthusiastic academic leader who thrives working in multidisciplinary teams and across different fields, and who can promote and serve the long-term interests of the team and its members within the Faculty of Arts and beyond.


Person Specification

The successful appointee will evidence:

  • a PhD degree in a discipline related to European Politics and Society
  • proven excellence in academic research, by publications in leading international journals and books published by high-ranking publishers
  • successfully obtained funding for research projects/submitted excellent grant applications
  • a relevant, strategic international network, demonstrated by, for example, participation in internationally relevant conferences and leading roles on editorial boards
  • extensive experience in and a passion for education, as well as an innovative view on teaching, including active learning and interdisciplinary teaching
  • excellent leadership skills and organisational competences, including proven experience in supervising PhD students mentoring junior and more senior academic staff members
  • the willingness to collaborate in teaching and research
  • a strong societal network and demonstrable experience with societal impact
  • fluency in English and Dutch or a willingness to learn the Dutch language, for which support is available.


Conditions of employment

The position is offered on a full-time basis and candidate will reside near Groningen. Remuneration depends on previous qualifications and experience and ranges between € 6,099 and € 8,881 per month (scale H2 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % of annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % of annual salary per year.

The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen ( ).

The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the University. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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Appointment Process and How to Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to support the university in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role. Queries can be directed to Erik Hafner via  or +31 (0) 202 404 379.

Applications should consist of a cover letter stating motivation and a complete curriculum vitae including a publication list.

These can be uploaded, by clicking the 'Apply' button and quoting reference 6233.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd March 2023 at 09:00am CET.

Applications will be considered by the selection committee in March and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in March/beginning of April. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate and final campus visits will take place thereafter.

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