Situated in the bustling economic and cultural capital of the region, the University of Groningen is a research-intensive university with a truly global outlook that attracts a large number of staff and students from the Netherlands and internationally.
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 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own 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. 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.
Building the State of the Arts together
The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries and their mission is to create positive societal and academic impact through relevant, high-quality teaching and research. The faculty strives to remain an ambitious top-ranking faculty with excellent education and state of the art research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of The Netherlands. The faculty builds and shares knowledge which benefits society and educates over 5.000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics.
The faculty offers a multidisciplinary environment and a wide range of degree programmes. Its research, which is internationally acclaimed, covers the fields of Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.
Research conducted at the Faculty of Arts is very diverse and multidisciplinary and organised in research institutes, each comprised of multiple smaller research groups. The Middle Eastern Studies Group is affiliated with the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture and is comprised of 4 full-time and 3 part-time members. Please review the group’s website: https://www.rug.nl/let/onze-faculteit/organisatie/vakgebieden/midden-oosten-studies/ for more information.
The Faculty of Arts is now seeking to appoint a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies with an established reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and social impact. This role is particularly suitable for an enthusiastic academic leader who shows willingness and ability to lead the Middle Eastern Group and to promote the academic talent and career development of its young and ambitious team. Supervision of PhD students and postdocs and obtaining substantial external funding is an important part of the role.
The successful appointee will evidence:
a PhD degree in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Language, and Culture or related disciplines;
a recognized publication record of high-quality books and articles on contemporary Middle Easter studies in international peer-reviewed journals and successful grant applications;
proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, and preferably also Hebrew;
experience in and a passion for education, as well as an innovative view on teaching, including interdisciplinary teaching;
a connecting approach and the ability to create and strengthen collaborations between the group, the faculty, the university’s Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, the broader research field, and society;
a relevant, strategic international network, as evidenced by, for example, participation in internationally renowned conferences and leading roles in editorial boards of academic journals;
a coaching and facilitating leadership style based on mentoring, communication, and inspiration;
affinity with societal impact, and ability and enthusiasm in translating research and teaching to a general audience.
Conditions of Employment
The position is offered on a full-time basis. The gross monthly salary is dependent on previous qualifications and experience and ranges between €5,843 and €8,508 (scale H2 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % of annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % of annual salary per year.
The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen (http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/dual-career-support/).
The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the University. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information on the terms of employment, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/new-staff/
Appointment Process and How to Apply
An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to support the University in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role. Queries can be directed to Norbert Lieftink via Norbert.Lieftink@perrettlaver.com or +31 (0)20 2404 378.
Applications should consist of a letter of motivation and a complete curriculum vitae including a publication list. These can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies quoting reference 5256. The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on 18th October 2021.
Applications will be considered by the selection committee end October and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview beginning of December. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate and final campus visits will take place thereafter.
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