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Job description

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen wishes to appoint a lecturer/assistant professor (1,0 fte tenure track) in the chair-group of Early Modern History. We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible colleague with a specialization in the social and economic history of the early modern period. The chair-group of Early Modern History is, along with other chair groups, responsible for the Bachelor and Master programmes in History and for the Research Master Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS). The chair-group is attached to the Institute for Humanities Research Groningen (ICOG) and participates in other national and international research institutions.

The position includes the following tasks:

  • teaching at BA and MA level in the field of Early Modern History for the full- and part-time programmes in History and for related programmes
  • supervising dissertations at BA, MA and PhD level
  • conducting research and publishing nationally and internationally in peer-reviewed academic publications
  • (co-) initiating and conducting research projects (particularly in the chair-group’s existing research fields of social and economic history)
  • playing an active role in the organization and management of research and teaching.


  • completed PhD in History
  • (inter) national research experience and record of peer-reviewed academic publications
  • familiarity with the historiography and methodology of social and economic history (including a thorough knowledge of databases)
  • excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • ability to teach through English (and, for international applicants, willingness to learn Dutch)
  • ability to work in and with a team.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience with a minimum of € 3,195 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 4,970 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position, an 8% holiday allowance per annum and an end of the year bonus of 8,3% and participation in a pension scheme for employees. The appointment will be initially for a period of two years, with the prospect of appointment for an indefinite period. This will be determined based on an appraisal, which will be made after two years.

Date of entry into employment: to be agreed.

Your application should include a covering letter, with comments on how this position relates to your career aims, a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), a brief outline of current research interests and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees. Please apply before 7 January 2013 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the universities website).


For information you can contact:
Prof. Raingard Esser, Chair in Early Modern History, +31 50 3636006,

Wim Slik, Degree Programme Coördinator,