Assistant Professor Sustainable Cooperation and Transdisciplinarity
The vacancy is positioned in the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, as part of and in contribution to the NWO Gravitation Program SCOOP (http://www.scoop-program.org) and the University’s Strategic Theme Sustainable Society. In the context of its teaching innovation initiative, the Faculty funds an Assistant Professorship on Sustainable Cooperation and Transdisciplinarity. The position is part of a project jointly developed by the Departments of Sociology (Prof Wittek), Social Psychology (Prof Spears) and Teacher Education (Prof Jansen). The main affiliation of this Assistant Professor position will be with the Department of Sociology.
The Assistant Professor will contribute to teaching and research at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. With regard to teaching, the Assistant Professor will play a pivotal role in designing, coordinating, and contributing to the implementation of the transdisciplinary interuniversity course on Sustainable Cooperation: Theory, Method, Policy, which will be co-taught by members of the SCOOP consortium. The Assistant Professor takes the lead in the collaborative development of an innovative didactical approach to teaching transdisciplinarity, including the related on-line and off-line instructional material. For a more detailed description of the related tasks, see the project proposal. Other teaching tasks relate to bachelor and master courses in the Department of Sociology, depending on the candidate’s expertise, and in supervising master and bachelor theses. The main part of the Assistant Professor’s research tasks consists in developing and implementing a theory guided empirical research project on the obstacles and facilitators of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and its effectiveness. The Assistant Professor will dedicate 40% of his/her time to research, and another 60% to teaching.
• a PhD degree in Sociology or a related field of study in the Social and Behavioural Sciences (e.g. social psychology, educational sciences…); multidisciplinary education is a plus
• willingness to help develop new forms of inter- and transdisciplinary training
• experience with quantitative (and preferably mixed) methods of collecting and analysing data
• experience in or affinity with working in inter- and transdisciplinary environments
• track record in or interest for research on cooperation and societal resilience
• proven ability to collaborate in a research or teaching team and to take the lead in organizing collaborative work
• good communication and project management skills
• in possession of the University Teaching Qualification (or willingness to obtain it within the first two years of employment)
• a relevant publication record with at least 3 first author publications in high quality international peer-reviewed journals over the last 5 years, or an equivalent publication record as a co-author or book author
• the ability to communicate orally and in written form in English (command of English C1 level) and command of Dutch (Dutch Is B1 level) or willingness to learn Dutch.
Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers a salary that will be between € 3,475 and € 4,757 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) gross per month based on the experience of the candidate and by a full-time appointment. The salary will be based on the salary scale for Assistant Professor at Dutch Universities and in accordance with the collective agreement regulating employment conditions at Dutch universities. The appointment will be for four years full-time. An employment of a minimum of 0.8 fte with a five year contract is possible.
Starting date: 1 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
You may apply for this position until 6 November 23:59 / before 7 November 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Applicants are requested to submit:
• a letter of motivation including their view on how the applicant’s profile fits with the job description
• an up-to-date curriculum vitae
• sample copies of their research (published papers or papers under review)
• the names and contact details of two references.
Applications without these documents will not be considered.
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