Assistant Professor in International Relations and Humanitarian Action (1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor in International Relations and Humanitarian Action (1.0 FTE)

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22 Feb 19 Mar Groningen

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The Faculty of Arts

Job description

The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the north of the Netherlands. We create knowledge & new insights and share its benefits with society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics and professionals. We form a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.

The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) is committed to top-tier research combined with high quality education. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and the role of international organization in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Bachelor ( and Master degree programs ( are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programs. Additionally, the Department contributes to the EMJMD 2-year Master degree program in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), and the Research Master in International Relations with a specialization in Modern History. Research in the department is organized through the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Global International Relations.

What will you be working on?

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations and Humanitarian Action in the Chair group of Global International Relations.

In teaching, you are expected to provide BA- and MA-level courses, as well as support PhD supervision. Depending on your disciplinary background, you will be asked to teach specialized courses for the MA IR and in the EMJMD 2-year MA programme on “International Humanitarian Action” ( Participation in managerial committees related to the organization of the degree programmes will be expected. In general, you could contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, Policy and Governance, History of International Relations, and International Politics.

In terms of research, you are expected to contribute to the development of innovative research projects focusing on disasters of various origins (from acts of terrorism and conflict, to major industrial accidents, technological failures, earthquakes, droughts, floods, etc.).

You will develop your own research projects (both individually and in small teams) and will contribute to wider research initiatives within the University and beyond. We expect that you develop a research funding plan to attract external funding in the short/medium term.


University of Groningen


Who are we looking for?

- you have a completed PhD in International Relations, Political Science, or a cognate area
- you have proven research results, supported by a list of at least two peer-reviewed articles published in indexed journals
- you have further research potential and plans supported by a program of research for the next three years indicating its contributions towards developing one of the research areas mentioned above
- practical experience working in the humanitarian/aid sector is an advantage
- regional expertise in Asia Pacific is an asset
- you have excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups
- you have teaching experience and have or are expected to acquire relevant teaching qualifications, such as the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ or in Dutch, BKO) within one year
- you have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking), knowledge of Dutch is not an entry requirement, but a CEFR B2 level for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 level for writing and speaking are part of the conditions for tenure.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
- participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The faculty will facilitate you with obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language.

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for 18 months with an outlook to a permanent position when you meet the criteria.

The appointee will ideally commence on 1 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

We comply with the conditions of employment of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Language and culture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €6181 per month
  • University graduate
  • V23.0117


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