Assistant Professor Comparative Study of Religion, University of Groningen, Groningue (Pays-Bas) — LIMITE : 07/06/2015


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.
Groningen is a lively university city with a population of 200.000, only a 2.5 hours drive by train or car from the national airport of Amsterdam.

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen (founded in 1614) is a leading European institution for the study of religion. We are proud to be ranked as the best teaching and research center for religion in the Netherlands. We are committed to highest standards in critical academic research, and we translate our research into stimulating and cutting-edge teaching programmes. We train students to be independent and critical observers of the place of religion in its cultural and historical context, and we prepare them for the job market. The faculty is flourishing and expanding. In line with a sustained long term strategy of growth, the faculty seeks to attract a scholar in the Study of Religion.

Job description

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (UD) in the comparative study of religion. The position will involve 50% teaching, 40% research and 10% administration. The position will be located within the Department of Comparative Study of Religion.
The candidate will contribute to the teaching programme (introductory and advanced) in the general study of religion, research methods, as well as in her/his area of specialization. International staff members will teach in English.
Her/his research expertise should fit with the profile of the department (see: While we invite applications from scholars with various research interests, preference will be given to candidates with a research focus on religion and media or religion and culture in Asia.


The candidate should hold a PhD degree in religious studies, anthropology or sociology of religion, or related disciplines. Moreover, she/he has to demonstrate experience in or willingness to develop and gain experience in the following attributes:

a strong profile in teaching in the study of religion and qualitative research methods. Experience in teaching quantitative methods on an introductory level is appreciated a strong commitment to teaching and willingness to contribute to the development of bachelor’s and master’s curricula, with demonstrated experience in the design of course modules and the supervision of bachelor’s and master’s theses demonstrated success or capacity for success in the acquisition of research funding a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary cooperation organizational competence, entrepreneurship and excellent communication skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary for an assistant professor dependent on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,324 (scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,171 (scale 12) gross per month for a full time position. On top of that income, the candidate will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an annual bonus of 8.3%. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The position is fulltime, but an employment of a minimum of 0,8 fte is also possible. The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum of 5 years, with the ambition of making the position permanent.

Deadlines and procedures

You may apply for this position before 7 June 2015 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Job interviews will be held on 24 and 25 June. Shortlisted applicants will be notified before 10 June 2015 and will be expected to be in Groningen for both days of the interviews. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and reimbursed.

Date of entry into employment: 1 September 2015 or as soon as possible.

Application requirements

Interested candidates should submit a complete application composed of:
• a letter of motivation, addressing the above criteria
• a complete CV with a list of publications and with names and contact details for three referees
• a PDF of three self-selected “best papers”
• a brief description (maximum two pages) of scientific interests and plans.

Please send your application in PDF format and with all the credentials in separate attachments. Applications with missing credentials will not be taken into consideration.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Dr Peter Berger, Head of Department CRS,
(please do not use for applications)

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