Gepubliceerd op 02-05-2023

Assistant Professor Modern History- University of Groningen

Job Description

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 37,000 students are encouraged to develop their 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. For additional information, see this link: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/new-staff/. 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.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty in terms of both education and high-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and high-quality research, benefitting society.

History is a large and dynamic department with a strong regional anchor and an international outlook. It accommodates and facilitates international state-of-the-art research in several major historiographical and interdisciplinary fields. We introduce our students to the diversity and complexity of human experience in the past and in present societies around the globe through the study of civilizations, regions, nations, communities, and individuals across all historical periods. We organize our teaching and research around a variety of thematic, geographical and theoretical approaches including, among others, network theories, connected history, reading history, medical humanities, material culture studies, history of emotions, postcolonial perspectives, and digital humanities.

The research of the Chair group Modern History is characterized by bringing together history, theory and practice with a focus on the profound changes in politics, culture, science, economics and, therefore, in society at large that characterize the modern era (ca 1780-1945). In our teaching and in our research, we explore the full breadth of modern history, from specific points of view to thematic approaches, using a broad range of sources and methodologies. Asian history (especially China and Japan) is a main point of interest, with focal points in the European-Asian relations and the interplay between cultural praxis and (new forms of) political power in East Asia.

The Chair group Modern History is looking for a historian with an excellent track record in history at the cutting edge of politics, culture and society and with a specialization in modern East Asian history.

– you will make an active contribution to the teaching of the Chair group Modern History within the BA and MA programmes in History, the Research MA programmes and other programmes in which the Chair group takes part
– you will develop new specialisations within the history programme and across programmes
– you will be expected to develop a promising research line and write applications to capture national or international grants
– you will present (intermediate) research results at and organize national and international panels, workshops or conferences
– you will participate actively in administrative and organisational activities.


– you have a PhD in History
– you have at least one year of postdoctoral experience in a teaching and/or research position
– you have an excellent publication record for the stage of your career, including at least one monograph (under review) and peer reviewed articles
– you have a demonstrable capacity and willingness to operate beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries within and beyond the field of History, in teaching and in research
– you bring a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research and teaching duties
– you have teaching experience and relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, University Teaching Qualification), or willingness to obtain one in the first two years of your appointment
– you have a capacity and willingness to undertake organizational duties
– you bring enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences
– your international experience and outlook will be considered an advantage
– you have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)
– you have knowledge of Dutch or willingness to learn it within a reasonable period of time.

Conditions of Employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

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

– a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
– a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
– an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
– participation in a pension scheme for employees.

Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. We offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment.

The appointee will ideally commence 1 October 2023.

The Faculty is considering only those applicants who are ready to move to Groningen and live in the near environment of Groningen.

We comply with the conditions of employment of 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: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/

Additional Information

Prof. dr. Dirk Jan Wolffram
Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.