Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Postdoctoral position Native American Studies (0.8 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen, The Netherlands
Function typesPostdoc positions
Scientific fieldsLanguage and Culture
Hours 30.0 hours per week
Salary maximum € 3400
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 216140
About employer University of Groningen
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Job description

Applications are invited for 1 postdoctoral researcher, for the duration of 1 year (0.8 fte; 32 hours/week), in Native American Studies, based in the English Department, with no teaching obligations or tuition fees. Eligible candidates have received a PhD focusing on Native American literature, history, or culture and are expert readers of Nahuatl. They will work on the federally-funded project No More Heroes: Violence and Resistance in New World Poetry. For more information on the project, please see


• a PhD on the subject of Native American literature, history, or culture
• expert reading abilities in classical Nahuatl
• archival or digital experience are welcome, but not expressly required
• excellent command of English and Spanish
• ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers the postdoc a salary of minimal € 2,920 (salary scale 10) to maximal € 3,400 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) gross per month based on fulltime employment. The postdoc will be based at the Department of English Language and Culture, and this position requires residence in Groningen.

Starting date: 1 September 2016.

Skype interviews will take place in June 2016.

Please send your entire application (in English) in max. 2 pdf files until 31 May / before 1 June 2016 Dutch local time, by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the university website). Please upload your entire application as "letter of motivation" and include the vacancy number at the start of your application. Use the second pdf file for the writing samples, as mentioned below.

The application should contain the following:
1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research, and locating your research within the No More Heroes project
2. A full CV including publications and presentations, and a copy of your passport
3. A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma, academic record, and (projected) completion date of the PhD
4. Two recent samples of your writing (not exceeding a combined 10,000 words)
5. Names and contact details of two academic references. Please ask your referees to send their references directly to: by the deadline.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Contract type: 12 months


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)
De Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) verzorgt kwalitatief hoogstaand onderwijs en onderzoek, is internationaal georiƫnteerd, honoreert verschillen in ambities en talenten, werkt actief samen met bedrijfsleven, overheden en burgers, en behoort tot de top van de Europese universiteiten.


Faculty of Arts
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The 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, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 15 bachelor's programmes and over 35 master's specializations. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

The English Department is the oldest in The Netherlands, and has a long tradition of commitment to excellent teaching and high-quality research. Today, our BA and MA courses are consistently rated as the best in the country. Research in the English Department covers all areas of English literature and linguistics, and the staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Language Attrition Project and the Hakluyt Editorial Project.

Additional information

Dr Joanne van der Woude

Drs Marijke Wubbolts (for practical information)