Gepubliceerd op 04-01-2024

Assistent Professor Economic and Social History – University of Groningen

The Chair group of Economic and Social History is looking for an Assistant Professor with an excellent track record in one or more of the following fields: gender, social, and economic inequalities; history of work; historical demography; history of medicine and health; (post)colonial history; family history; or environmental history. We seek an economic and/or social historian with an interdisciplinary background who studies long-term historical developments during the 19th and/or 20th century and applies theories and methods from the social sciences in their research and teaching. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who do regionally comparative research, preferably with a geographical focus on Asia.

Job description 

You will make an active contribution to the education of the Chair group Economic and Social 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 specializations within the history programme and across programmes and participate in administrative and organizational activities. We expect you to develop a promising research line, present research results at national and international panels, workshops or conferences, and write applications to capture national and international grants.

University of Groningen
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 34,000 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: http://www.rug.nl/(…)k-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 tradition in research and education 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 knowledge through outstanding education and high-quality research, and shares its benefits with 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 section Economic and Social History is a group of fifteen researchers devoted to teaching in the broad fields of economic and social history, doing international competitive research, and creating societal impact at local, regional, and (inter)national levels. Our research consists of two interconnected strands: the history of global population and health, and regional history. In our teaching, we explore the full breadth of economic and social history, including globalization, economic development, social inequalities, demographic transitions, processes of population growth and decline, life courses, kinship, family and gender relations, developments in health and living standards, environmental history and sustainability, using a broad range of sources and methodologies.

For more information about the section see: https://www.rug.nl/(…)iesgeschiedenis/esg/


  • You have a PhD in History or a relevant social science discipline.
  • 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 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 – Dutch 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.
  • 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 are willing to learn it within a reasonable period of time (within two years). This will be one of the conditions for tenure (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking).

Conditions of employment

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 € 4,332 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,737 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position;
  • excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 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;
  • an appointment for 0.8 FTE. The appointment will ideally commence 1 September 2024, and will be on a temporary basis for 18 months with an outlook to a permanent position when you meet the criteria.

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

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/


You can fill in the form and upload 4 PDF files (all in English):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a CV with a list of three self-selected “best papers”; the complete list of publications and the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee;
  • a brief description of scientific interests and plans; a statement about teaching goals and experience (maximum two pages in total). You can upload this under “ extra document” on the website;
  • an appropriate writing sample.

You may apply for this position until 21 January 11:59PM / before 22 January 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place mid-February.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/(…)rsity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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