Assistant Professor Population/Development Studies (0.8-1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor Population/Development Studies (0.8-1.0 FTE)

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30 Jan 17 Mar Groningen

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As an Assistant Professor, you will contribute to teaching, research and management tasks. Your main teaching tasks will be in bachelor and master courses related to population and development studies and qualitative methods, and in supervising master and/or bachelor theses. Othe

Job description

As an Assistant Professor, you will contribute to teaching, research and management tasks. Your main teaching tasks will be in bachelor and master courses related to population and development studies and qualitative methods, and in supervising master and/or bachelor theses. Other teaching tasks could depend on your expertise. To strengthen our team, we are looking for a colleague who is eager to work in an interdisciplinary team that uses qualitative as well as quantitative methods and works on the Global South as well as the Global North. To complement the expertise of our current team, the candidate should contribute to the department's research and teaching with regard to inequality and inequity in the context of population issues, as well as qualitative research methods. The Assistant Professor will invest 60% of his/her time in teaching and management and 40% in research (including PhD supervision).


University of Groningen


• has a PhD in population studies, development studies, population geography, public health, or a related field
• has an interest in, and in-depth knowledge of equity in the context of population issues, preferably applying the capability approach
• has experience in applying qualitative research methods (experience in mixed-methods approaches is an advantage)
• has a network of relevant connections and willingness to invest in external relations and participating in external projects, events and presentations, representing the Faculty and the Department
• has publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals
• will develop a research agenda consistent with the Faculty’s research focus and will supervise PhD students
• is in the possession of a University Teaching Qualification or is prepared to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
• has experience in teaching on thematic topics, such as on migration, fertility, mortality, health, place, urbanization, food security, concepts of health, wellbeing & place, health equity, capability approach
• is aware of and willing to use the latest innovations in teaching techniques
• is willing to participate in appropriate Faculty committees and/or other management tasks
• is fluent in English and has knowledge of or is willing to learn Dutch (to at least CEFR B2 level – for reading and listening).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 36 months.

• you will be appointed for a period of 3 years
• the University of Groningen offers a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,656 (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 end of the year bonus of 8.3%.
The conditions are in accordance with 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:

Starting date: between 1 May and 1 August 2019.

You may apply for this position until 17 March 2019, 23.59 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:
1. letter of application
2. a curriculum vitae including publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas, experience in teaching and management
3. the names of two referees.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The first round of selection interviews will take place through Skype on 21 March 2019. A second round will be through face-to-face interviews on 28 and 29 March 2019.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive our full consideration. As we are committed to building a diverse faculty, female applicants and candidates from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply.

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code and the European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers from the European Commission.

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Faculty of Spatial Sciences

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen is looking for an Assistant Professor in Population/ Development Studies. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences consists of approximately 100 members of staff, 100 PhD students and around 1000 undergraduate students. We focus on high quality teaching and research in the fields of social and economic geography, demography, and spatial planning. With a single collective research theme of 'towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation' (tWIST), it is our mission to produce research, which is world-leading, distinctive, and policy-relevant. With two bachelor and eight master programmes, we provide a wide range of courses within the fields of geography and spatial sciences.
The Department of Demography contributes to the bachelor programme of Human Geography and Planning and the master programme Population Studies. The Department’s research is centred around Population and Wellbeing in Context. We continuously renew our research and educational programmes, for example by incorporating innovative digital developments.


  • Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €5656 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 219048


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