PhD position: Graduate School of Humanities


University of Groningen Groningen
53° 13' 9.7824" N, 6° 33' 59.4072" E
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage what are currently 27,000 students and researchers 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.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job description

The Graduate School of Humanities offers 1 position to graduates in the Arts. Candidates submit a research proposal (max. 1500 words). They are free to choose their own subject, but it should fit into the field of one of the three research institutes at the Faculty of Arts, in this particular case the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA). Candidates are expected to complete a PhD dissertation within a four-year period. Candidates and their proposals will be judged on:

    •    individual research qualities of the candidate 
    •    originality of the research proposal
    •    quality of the proposed methodology incl. sources
    •    prospects of completion within 4 years
    •    feasibility of supervision from existing research fields within the Faculty of Arts.


    •    university graduate
    •    MA degree in the Arts
    •    strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years
    •    proven affinity with chosen subject
    •    indication of research preferences and strategies for the elaboration of the PhD
    •    proven research abilities
    •    fluency in written and spoken English (TOEFL 620, IELTS 7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE).

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The appointment (0,9 fte) is temporary for a specified period of four years.

The PhD candidate will be affiliated with and enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School of Humanities. He or she will be supervised by staff-members of GIA. The position requires residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidate's results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

How to apply
Please adhere to the guidelines of the GSH format for applications to write your application.

Please send us your entire application in just 1 pdf-file using the link to the application form below. Do NOT send your application to the e-mail addresses mentioned in this text.

Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration.
Interviews with a selection of the best candidates will take place in the course of May and/or June.
Starting date of the PhD project: 1 September 2011.

You may apply for this position before 16 March 2011.

Institution or Company offering position: 
University of Groningen
Contact Name: 
Prof. S. Voutsaki
31 50 3636726