Assistant Professor International Political Economy

Vacancy number 214338


The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen offers a fulltime position for Assistant Professor. The Department of IRIO is committed to top tier research combined with high quality education. This commitment to excellence is apparent at both the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. IRIO, with over 50 staff members, provides high quality, interdisciplinary and international Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and international organization in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Department provides an international working environment for an increasing number of foreign students and research staff. The Bachelor and Master degree programmes are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programmes. Additionally, the Department contributes to the Erasmus Mundus 1,5-year Master degree programme in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). Research in the Department of IRIO is organized in the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action.

Job description

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations, with an emphasis on theories, methodologies and issue areas in international political economy (IPE). In teaching, candidates are expected to provide BA and MA level courses, as well as PhD supervision. Candidates must be able to contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, political science, international organization, European integration, international economics, international law, and/or social science research methodologies; as well as specialized courses related to their own research interests. The supervision of students will play an important part in the position. Participation in managerial committees related to the organization of the degree programmes or research grant applications will be expected. In research, the candidate is expected to develop her/his own research projects (both individually and in small teams).


The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary department. The candidate ideally comes from an interdisciplinary background of which International Relations, Political Science, International Law, International Economics or social sciences are component parts. We are looking for candidates with a specialization in International Political Economy, with a clear interest in international trade, financial markets, or development. The candidate’s qualities are demonstrated by:

  • a completed PhD
  • proven research results, supported by a list of publications
  • further research potential and plans
  • confirmed experience in academic teaching, at various levels and in various formats
  • excellent demonstrable oral and written skills in English
  • excellent social and communicative skills
  • being prepared to learn Dutch within a period of two years.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen is offering a salary based on qualifications and experience from € 3,259 (scale 11) and € 5,070 (scale 12 of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and an annual bonus of 8.3% and participation in a pension scheme for employees. This is a tenure position; the decision on tenure will be taken on the basis of a formal assessment after two years.

The starting date for this appointment is preferably 1 February 2015.

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

The procedure may include a lecture or presentation.

You can apply by submitting a letter, curriculum vitae and list of publications before 10 November 2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form, see:

Only submissions via the application form will be considered.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. Herman W. Hoen, Chair of International Political Economy, +31 50 3636019, (please do not use for applications)

Wim Slik, Coordinator of the Department, (please do not use for applications)