PHD Position Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 31-05-2024

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PhD Position: Friese literatuur en samenleving (1.0 FTE) (V24.0312)

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Job description

We are offering a 48-month PhD position (full time, 1.0 fte) within the field of modern Frisian and Dutch literature. Supervisors are prof. dr. Arjen Versloot and prof. dr. Mathijs Sanders (University of Groningen). The appointed candidate will preferably have an expertise in Literary Studies and Dutch and/or Frisian literature and culture, with particular regard to the functions of literature in society, as well as a strong interest in working within an interdisciplinary and multilingual context.

The research is in line with current trends in literary studies and Frisian and Dutch literature. Proposals relate to twentieth- and/or twenty-first-century Frisian and/or multilingual literature in Fryslân and connect to one of the following lines of research: (1) the literary infrastructure (institutional approaches to literature in a social, political and/or diplomatic context), (2) literature and performativity (performing arts, oral literature, literature in public spaces), (3) comparative literary studies (influence studies, multilingual contexts, translations, relations between Frisian and Dutch literature).

This PhD project offers a unique opportunity to work in an international research environment as well as to acquire valuable teaching experience: the PhD candidate is expected to conduct a total of 0.4 fte teaching during the second, third and fourth year of their appointment.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Carrying out a research project described above in collaboration with the supervisors.
  • Presenting research results at workshops and conferences, and publishing academic articles.
  • Engaging in public outreach and knowledge utilization activities related to the project.
  • Participating in regular meetings with the supervisors, and in the context of the national research school(s) and the research institute ICOG (RUG).
  • Conducting a total of 0.4 FTE teaching spread throughout the second, third and fourth year of their appointment.

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 27,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: It belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Faculty of 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 specialisations. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Language and Literary Studies, Linguistics and Media and Journalism Studies.


  • (Research) MA degree in Literary Studies, History, Cultural Studies, or another related discipline.
  • A demonstrable interest and expertise in literary studies.
  • Excellent research skills (as shown, for instance, by the candidate's MA thesis).
  • Excellent command of Dutch and Frisian; proficiency in English is highly desirable.
  • A strong interest in collaborative research and interdisciplinary dialogue.
  • Enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences.


Conditions of employment

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the University of Groningen offers you:

  • A salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income.
  • An 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance.
  • A temporary 1.0 FTE appointment for a specified period of four years. The candidate will first be appointed for twelve months. After six months, an assessment will take place of the candidate's results and the progress of the PhD project, in order to decide whether employment will be continued.
  • The PhD candidate is expected to conduct a total of 0.4 fte teaching spread over the second, third and fourth year of their appointment.
  • Excellent work-life balance.
  • Willingness to move and reside in the Netherlands.

The appointment will commence in August / September 2024. We allow 3 months from selection in case of VISA applications.

You will be enrolled in the Graduate School for the Humanities (GSH) of the Faculty of at the University of Groningen. The GSH offers the organizational infrastructure within which PhD candidates participate in advanced training and supervised research:

You will be carrying out your research in the context of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG).


You may apply for this position until 20 June 11:59pm / before 21 June 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

1. A letter of motivation (max. 800 words), explaining why you are a suitable candidate for this PhD position;
2. A curriculum vitae demonstrating your academic excellence, including a list of publications and presentations (if applicable);
3. A short proposal (800-1000 words) on the potential research, including a research question, reflections on theory and method, and on academic and societal relevance;
4. A proof of writing, such as an academic paper or a chapter from your MA thesis;
5. Certified copies of your BA and MA degrees (in case of an on-going MA degree, please include a letter from your thesis supervisor, certifying that the degree will be obtained before 31 July 2024);
6. Contact information of two academic referees who are familiar with your work, and whom we may contact directly if we need more information.

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FunctietitelPhd Position
Indicatie salaris (min – max]onbekend – onbekend
Aantal uren (min – max)1 – 40
Contactgegevensonbekend , onbekend onbekend
Type contractVast
LocatieGroningen, Groningen,Nederland
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