Full Professor Child and Family Welfare (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 17 Feb 2020


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 32.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (FBSS) is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The Faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. Part of this Faculty is the Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences. This Department offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in both Dutch and English, and supervises internal and external PhD students.

The unit of Child and Family Welfare is, together with the unit of Inclusive and Special Needs Education, responsible for the research and teaching programme Orthopedagogy. Both units are part of the Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, and are closely related. The mission of research is to better understand, support and enhance the healthy development of children and youngsters with severe challenging needs, both on a theoretical and applied level. Our research is framed within a transactional, developmental and system-oriented perspective, thereby focusing on the interaction between children and their environment (like family, social network, school, and welfare provisions). The research of our unit is directed to signaling, explaining and effective intervening in behavioural and upbringing problems for children and their (foster) parents, including the performance of professionals (like pedagogues, teachers or social workers).

The Child and Family Welfare unit participates in the Bachelor and Master programmes of the Department. On a Bachelor’s level, we provide courses on a wide range of topics that are specific for the Child and Family Welfare field, including a Clinical Minor Orthopedagogy. On a Master’s level, we teach in the Master track Orthopedagogy, and participate in other Master tracks within the Department, including the Research Master track.

Job description

We are looking for applicants for a full professor position in Child and Family Welfare. You will have a central role in the Bachelor programme as well as in the Master programme regarding children with behavioural and upbringing problems, including supervision of Bachelor’s and (Research) Master’s theses, and traineeships. She/he will initiate and maintain collaboration within and outside our Faculty, nationally and internationally, will be responsible for the supervision of PhD students, and is able to obtain grants specific for our working field.


You should have an excellent reputation in the area of Child and Family Welfare. You should also meet the full professor criteria as laid out in the faculty’s tenure track policy.

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • PhD degree in the field of (or relevant to) child and family welfare
  • excellent publication record, both scientifically and in terms of public engagement and outreach
  • evidence of the ability to attract funding
  • evidence of successful supervision of PhD students
  • excellent teaching skills for both small and large groups of students, including the ability to coordinate and develop courses
  • good proficiency to speak and write both in English and in Dutch (or dedicated to learn Dutch)
  • inspiring team player with good communication skills
  • good management and cooperation skills
  • good ambassador for the unit.

Conditions of employment

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

  • a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting of €5,582 gross per month to a maximum of €8,127 gross (salary scale H2) based on full employment
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% year-end bonus
  • minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.


For information you can contact:

Prof. Kees Aarts, Dean Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences/Chair of the search committee, +31 50 3636180  c.w.a.m.aarts@rug.nl

Prof. Roel Bosker, Director of Research of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, +31 50 3636791  r.j.bosker@rug.nl

Dr Hilda Amsing, Director of Education of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, +31 50 3636498  h.t.a.amsing@rug.nl

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

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