Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science and Society (1.0 FTE)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science and Society (1.0 FTE)

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27 Feb 29 Mar Groningen

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Your research will take place within the Science and Society Group (SSG). SSG’s general research topics are centered around Interaction between science on the one hand and governmental organisations, industry and NGO’s on the other. Main research themes are (local) energy, concer

Job description

Your research will take place within the Science and Society Group (SSG). SSG’s general research topics are centered around Interaction between science on the one hand and governmental organisations, industry and NGO’s on the other. Main research themes are (local) energy, concerning the transformative power of energy cooperatives and aligning local and regional energy transition, and sustainable land use, focusing on new approaches towards inclusive nature conservation and nature friendly types of land use, such as energy production and agriculture. In all cases the key question is how to optimize the development and application of science, taking into account scientific and societal demands and possibilities (see:

Your teaching tasks is rooted in the master track Science, Business & Policy (SBP). The aim of this track is to train science students to become a 'science advisor': a broadly educated exact scientist who can build bridges between scientific research, corporate strategy and policy. The track consists of two basic courses and an internship. In three months’ time the students are acquainted with insights from innovation studies, business, public administration, consultancy and science & technology studies. Students will apply this knowledge to real life projects and in internships of six months which take place at companies, governmental organizations or NGO’s. Your tasks will mainly be supervising SBP internships, for students from all different natural science disciplines.
The position is embedded in the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG):


University of Groningen


You must have:
• a PhD in a relevant subject, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen.

Furthermore you have:
• a promising research record
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
• an excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies:
• 0 years: € 3,255
• 1 year: € 3,389
• 2 years: € 3,514
• 3 years: € 3,637.

The salary is gross per month based on a full-time position. On top of it, an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% is provided.

The initial appointment is one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period.

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The preferred starting date: as soon as possible.


Faculty of Science and Engineering

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to engineering and technology.

On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of bachelor’s degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and master’s degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our bachelor's (BSc) and master's degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

The FSE Fellowship programme
Our unique programme offers temporary positions for ambitious and talented junior researchers who want to develop both their research and teaching skills (ratio 70/30%).

From the beginning, you will draw up a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a € 1,000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €3637 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 220084


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