The University of Groningen is seeking to establish a new assistant professorship in the Faculty of Economics & Business and in the Faculty of Philosophy, in the broad area of economic systems, finance and sustainability. We aim to appoint an engaged and promising economics scholar of international repute with a pluralistic outlook, who is interested in multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary work, combining philosophy and economics in research and teaching, and undertaking research on current trends such as digitalization and financialization.
The position is part of an ambitious government investment initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities (http://www.sectorplan-ssh.nl), translated within the Faculty into the thematic interdisciplinary area of Sustainable Prosperity, as outlined in the Faculty’s Strategic Plan for 2021-206.
The University of Groningen
The University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with a rich heritage and an academic tradition dating back to 1614. The University is an academic community with a strong sense of belonging, and a culture of innovative education and research, counting among its alumni the first female student in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut, and various Nobel Prize winners.
Geographically, the University is rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands. The University connects education and research with sustainable and economic processes within society, reflected in focus areas such as Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.
Faculty of Economics & Business
The Faculty of Economics & Business (https://www.rug.nl/feb/organization/departments/gem/?lang=en) belongs to the 1 percent of business schools worldwide with both EQUIS and AACSB accreditations, and is implementing the Principles for Responsible Management Education. With more than 300 (assistant, associate, and full) professors, 4,800 bachelors students, and 2,300 masters students, the Faculty offers a broad range of programmes in a wide variety of fields such as economics, econometrics, finance, operations management, human resource management, accountancy, marketing, innovation management, and strategy.
Faculty staff have undertaken groundbreaking work on comparative economic growth and income levels over the very long run (The Maddison Project Database) and on international production linkages (the World Input Output Data base). The Faculty is strong in ethics, being the first globally to establish a Chair in Financial Ethics in 2011.
Within this Faculty, you will work in the department of Global Economics and Management (GEM). With more than 50 staff members and approximately 25 doctoral students, we are a diverse group of scholars in international economics, development economics, finance, business and management. We seek to cross these disciplinary boundaries in our research motivated by current trends such as productivity growth, digitalization, inequality, migration, (de)globalization and financialization, and their consequences for firms, regions, and nations. GEM staff have attracted large grants in international collaborations,
GEM staff teach an innovative MSc degree in the Economics of Development and Globalization. Our students come from many nationalities and we collaborate in double degree programmes with universities in Budapest, Göttingen, Lund and Shanghai. GEM staff come from all over the world, and more than 10 different languages are spoken in the department.
Faculty of Philosophy
The Faculty of Philosophy (https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/organization/ppe/?lang=en) is a vibrant, international community of excellent researchers and teachers. It consistently receives the highest evaluations both for research and for teaching among philosophy departments in The Netherlands. The Faculty has three departments: History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, and Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, as well as the “Kenniscentrum Filosofie” for outreach and dialogue.
You will also be part of the Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics, which brings together researchers from different faculties at the University of Groningen who share an interest in the disciplines composing the field of PPE. We aim at combining the perspectives from these fields in order to address both theoretical and practical problems.
Description of the post
The post offers exciting opportunities for researchers in (international) economic systems, sustainability and macro-finance with a passion for teaching. You conduct independent research and aim to publish in high-ranked international journals recognized by the research school of the Faculty. You have good teaching skills, which you wish to develop further. You will teach non-economics students in the Faculty of Philosophy’s interdisciplinary MSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (or other philosophy programs), as well as contributing to teaching in the Faculty of Economics, including supervision of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
We encourage you to apply if you meet the following qualifications:
• a relevant PhD degree in economics, economic philosophy, or a related field
• a relevant research record, as reflected in peer-reviewed international publications
• teaching experience, preferably in economics and/or economic philosophy, with a strong interest in teaching student with a non-economics background
• a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or the willingness to obtain this qualification
• a social, positive and dedicated attitude
• organizational qualities and good communicative skill
• ambition to develop an international network of professional contacts.
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 12 months.
We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
- a minimum of € 3,974 to a maximum of € 5,439 gross per month (salary scale 11) on a full-time basis (1.0 FTE)
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- a pension scheme for employees
- favourable tax treatment may apply to non-Dutch applicants
- paid holiday leave of 29 days for a full time position.
Career track positions at the Faculty of Economics and Business are permanent positions subject to a tenure decision after eighteen months.