Deadline: January 12, 2022


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

The 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, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 16 Bachelor’s programmes and over 40 Master’s specialisations. Our research, which is internationally acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Job description

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) is seeking to appoint an associate professor in American Studies (full position/1.0 fte). We are looking for an inspiring all-round lecturer and excellent and innovative researcher who will make a significant contribution to research and teaching in a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary context. The successful candidate will teach in the Bachelor and Master degree programmes in the Department of American Studies and carry out research within the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). Teaching and administrative service will comprise 60% of the full-time position, research 40%.The American Studies Department at the University of Groningen is the only one of its kind in the Netherlands to offer a fully self-contained, interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programme (three years) as well as a Master’s degree programme (one year). Fully taught in English by international faculty, both programmes comply with US and UK benchmarks in the domain of American Studies and lead the national accreditation rankings for academic excellence across the humanities. The majority of our students spend a semester at one of the fifteen US universities with which our programmes have long-established student exchange relations.The Department has a total enrollment of approximately 200 students. The BA and MA programmes were cited with distinction for organization, coherence, and academic content during consecutive national teaching assessment exercises. Our BA programme won a national teaching award this year, our MA in 2017. The aim of the programmes is to retain its strong international position and to strengthen its position in Europe and beyond.Research at ICOG is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach. It represents many periods and disciplines, ranging from (art) history and the theory of literature to media studies and from the performing arts to international relations.

We are seeking a candidate who is able to:
● teach American Studies at the bachelor and master level in a range of interdisciplinary areas, including: media and popular culture, political culture, hemispheric American culture and history, cultural theory
● maintain an ambitious research agenda in one or more of the aforementioned fields, periods, and perspectives in American Studies, including the development of grant proposals and the implementation of projects
● play a leading role in the further development and teaching of the interdisciplinary American Studies curriculum
● play a leading role in the organization of teaching and research, including carrying out administrative duties on program and faculty level.


The successful candidate will have:

● a PhD in American Studies or related fields, including media and popular culture studies, political culture, Latin-American studies, cultural and literary history
● excellent research capabilities, as evidenced by a good publication record, presentations at renowned conferences, and a relevant international network
● further research plans in interdisciplinary topics within American Studies supported by a programme of research
● demonstrated affinity with and teaching experience in interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, preferably from a transatlantic, transnational, hemispheric or digital humanities perspective
● experience teaching at college/university level in these fields, developing new teaching modules and initiating teaching innovations on programme level
● experience in successfully supervision of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students
● experience in setting up and leading research projects with PhD and postdoctoral researchers
● a successful record of acquiring external funding
● within 2 years non-Dutch candidates need to have knowledge of Dutch to at least CEFR B2 level (for reading and listening); Dutch candidates need to have a sufficient knowledge of English (CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking). The University provides language courses in Dutch and English
● excellent social and communicative skills and the ability to work in groups
● willingness to acquire the University Teaching Qualification within two years
● willingness to relocate to Groningen.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:- a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 5,275 gross per month (salary scale 13 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 7,054 gross per month (salary scale 14) for a full-time position
– 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year gratification and participation in a pension scheme for employees.The appointment will initially be on a probationary basis for 12 or 18 months with a view on a permanent contract. The concrete content and duration of the temporary employment contract (12 or 18 months) depend on the candidate’s previous employment history.For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:Date of entry into employment: 1 August 2022A lecture to students may form part of the selection procedure. Interviews are planned for February/March, 2022.

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 12 January 11:59pm / before 13 January 2022 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). The cover letter should contain your reasons for applying and a description of what your contribution to research, teaching, and administration could be.Your application should contain:1. A cover letter
2. A curriculum vitae with an overview of your teaching experience
3. A list of publications and an outline of your research plans
4. The names, titles, and complete addresses (including email and telephone) of two people who are willing to provide additional relevant informationWe are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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To the application website: Jooble – Associate Professor in American Studies (1.0 fte)