Assistant Professor of Late Medieval and Tudor Literature and Culture
The Faculty of Arts in the University of Groningen invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Late Medieval and Tudor Literature and Culture. This is a full-time post with a 18-month probationary period. Candidates who are outstanding researchers and teachers with interests in late medieval and Tudor literature, 1400-1600, are encouraged to apply. A focus on book history, the digital humanities, or manuscripts and early print may be an advantage. The successful candidate will be a member of two chair groups (Medieval English Literature and Culture; Modern English Literature and Culture). Chair groups are self-contained teaching and research units.
The successful candidate is expected to contribute outstanding research in their area area, develop their own research line, and generate and pursue a funding and publication strategy in accordance with the Faculty’s guidelines. Research in the fields of Medieval and Modern English Literature and Culture is housed in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). Furthermore, we host the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies.
All our programmes are taught in English. The successful candidate is expected to teach in the fields of late medieval and Tudor literature, broadly defined as literature written in the British Isles between 1400 and 1600, across our BA and MA programmes. Typically this will entail teaching the equivalent of 1-2 courses per semester. There may be an opportunity for one or two 7-week teaching-free blocks per year. Our BA in English Language and Culture (https://rug.nl/bachelors/english-language-and-culture/#int) has an annual enrolment of 90-100 students from all parts of the world. We have two one-year MA programmes: the MA English Literature and Culture (https://rug.nl/masters/english-literature-and-culture/) and the MA in Writing, Editing and Mediating (WEM, https://rug.nl/masters/writing-editing-and-mediating/), focused on literature in professional contexts (e.g. editing), creative writing, and book history. In addition, students can also follow the two-year interdisciplinary Research MAs offered by the Faculty of Arts in Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies (https://rug.nl/masters/classical-medieval-and-early-modern-studies-research/) and Arts, Media, and Literary Studies (https://rug.nl/masters/arts-media-and-literary-studies-research/).
The successful candidate is expected to perform administrative duties to support the provision of our teaching programmes. This includes, but is not limited to, committee membership.
We seek excellent researchers with a demonstrated record of accomplished teaching.
The assistant professor will:
devise and teach courses in the English Language and Culture BA and MA programmes and may contribute to the Faculty’s bachelor programme on European Languages and Cultures and research master programmes of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies and/or Literary and Cultural Studies
conduct research in the field of late medieval and/or Tudor literature and culture
co-supervise PhD students
apply for external research funding
fulfil organisational roles within in the Department of English and the Faculty of Arts.
a PhD degree in English Literature or a closely related field
proven excellence in academic research, commensurate with their career level, as demonstrated by publications in leading international journals and funding applications
demonstrable excellence as a dedicated teacher
strong interpersonal skills and demonstrable organisational competencies
the ability to collaborate in teaching and research
demonstrable experience with societal impact
the willingness to learn the Dutch language, for which support is available
Residence in or near Groningen is a requirement for this post.
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 36,000 students are encouraged to develop their individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe, and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. For additional information (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. We work at a modern, broad, and international institution, educating over 5000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate, and independent academics. We are a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.
The Department of English Language and Culture is composed of three chair groups: Medieval English Literature and Culture; English Linguistics; and Modern English Literature and Culture. It is the oldest such department in the Netherlands, and a decade ago it was the first English department in the country to switch entirely to English-language instruction. We are a well-established department with solid enrolment. The BA is a ‘top rated programme’ in the main Dutch university course guide and consistently ranked first in the national student survey. Last year, it was commended for its high quality by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
Conditions of employment
The appointment will be at the level of Assistant Professor (UD2-UD1) with a gross annual salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 45,684 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 71,064 (salary scale 12). The gross salary does not include the statutory 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.
The appointment will initially be on a probationary basis for 18 months with the possibility of becoming a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment.
Date of appointment: 1 September 2022
You can submit your application until 13 December 11:59pm / before 14 December 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Applicants are requested to submit:
1. a covering letter, not longer than two pages, outlining their motivation and suitability for the role and demonstrating how you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above
2. a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a teaching overview, and grants and/or fellowships won
4. an extensive recent writing sample of up to 20,000 words. This can consist of one or more articles or chapters
5. a statement of teaching philosophy with recent course evaluations
6. three confidential letters of reference (on letterhead and signed) must be sent to Prof. Sebastian Sobecki, s.i.sobecki rug.nl by the application deadline. Referees will not be prompted, and candidates are responsible for ensuring that the letters are received on time.
We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code