Assistant Professor in Film Studies University of Groningen, Arts, Culture and Media programme Netherlands

Assistant Professor in Film Studies 

 

Organisation

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university. In international rankings it regularly features among the best 100 universities in the world. Its 31.000 students, roughly 20% of which are international, are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The university’s Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5000 students and 700 staff members and offers 15 bachelor's programmes and over 35 master's specialisations.

 

Job description

The Arts, Culture and Media programme of the University of Groningen is looking for a highly motivated full-time Assistant Professor in film studies (in Dutch: universitair docent). Date of appointment: 1 August 2019.

 

The candidate is expected to have a broad expertise in film history, film theory and film analysis, but should also be able to teach courses in theories of (inter)mediality and/or narrative theory on the bachelor’s and master’s level. The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%): while we expect a willingness to teach in a wide range of areas, the research profile of the candidate can be very specific, adding to the already existing expertise of the film staff or open it to new perspectives. The successful candidate will teach both in our bachelor’s programme in ‘Arts, Culture and Media’ as well as in our international master’s tracks ‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media,’ ‘Arts, Cognition and Criticism’ and/or ‘Arts Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship’ (depending on her/his research profile). The language of instruction is English.

 

The successful candidate will become a staff member of the Arts, Culture and Media programme, which is responsible for the bachelor’s programme ‘Arts, Culture and Media’ as well as four tracks in the master’s programme ‘Arts and Culture’ (‘Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media’; ‘Music, Theatre and Performance Studies’; ‘Arts Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship’; ‘Arts, Cognition and Criticism’). It currently has 17 permanent staff members, four of which have a focus on film studies. Our highly international staff comprises colleagues from the Netherlands, Germany, the US, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Greece and Denmark. The BA programme has an annual enrolment of around 100-120 students from all parts of the world; the MA programme – voted the best of its kind in the Netherlands in 2018 – accepts between 30 and 40 national and international students every year.

 

Research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture, https://www.rug.nl/research/icog/?lang=en (ICOG) and its research centre Arts in Society, https://www.rug.nl/(...)ntres/artsinsociety/. ICOG provides ample support in applying for bids with national and international funding agencies. There is also an annual travel budget for conference participations and other research-related trips.

 

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • teach and supervise students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes
  • participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules, under the responsibility of the head of department
  • carry out and generate high-quality research in film and media studies
  • pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
  • participate actively in international research networks and build international collaborations
  • participate in the activities of the interdisciplinary research centre Arts in Society and one of its theme groups (such as ‘Art, Medium and Moving Images,’ ‘Narrative in/and Art,’ or ‘Arts, Culture and Cognition’).

 

Qualifications

In addition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for candidates who have

 

• acquired a PhD in Film Studies, Cinema Studies, (New) Media Studies or a closely related field (or will have received the PhD by 1 August 2019)
• an excellent research track record in film studies, including relevant book and article publications
• the ability to additionally teach (new) media theory and/or narrative theory
• teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
• gained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or is prepared to do so within a year
• the motivation to acquire third-party funding on the national or international level
• a relevant national and international academic network
• the willingness to make substantial contributions to the development of the department’s research and educational programmes
• organisational experience and skills
• excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking)
• the willingness to learn Dutch within 2-3 years (however, teaching will be conducted exclusively in English).

 

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary based on qualifications and experience of between € 3,637 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) and € 5,656 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position. On top of it, there will be an 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year gratification. Moreover, participation in a pension scheme for employees is part of the position. The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for five years with the possibility of becoming a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment. The assessment for a permanent position is possible from the third year onwards. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (cao NU).

 

How to apply
Applications should include the following:
• a cover letter that explains the motivation for applying for this position
• a full curriculum vitae including a full list of publications and talks
• a research plan of 1-2 pages that includes future ideas for grant applications
• a teaching statement that contains a description of courses taught and teaching qualifications
• the names and contact details of two academic referees.

 

Applications that are incomplete or are otherwise faulty will not be taken into consideration.

 

Please send your application before Sunday 27 January 2019 23:59h Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). A first round of job interviews via Skype is expected to be held on Monday 25 February 2019. The final round of interviews in Groningen, which will include a short guest lecture, will take place on Friday 8 March 2019 or Monday 11 March 2019. Date of entry into employment is 1 August 2019.

 

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

 

Information

For information you can contact:

  • Miralda Meulman, Degree programme coordinator (for more information on the formal procedure), +31 50 363 8950, sec.amc@rug.nl

  • dr. J. (Julian) Hanich, Associate Professor of Film Studies (UHD), +31 50 363 8138, j.hanich@rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.


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