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>Assistant Professor Comparative Study of Religion (1.0 fte) (215139)





>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




>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



>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,

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