Assistant Professor / Lecturer Legal Methods will be involved in teaching and research activities, the Lecturer will be focusing on teaching

The Department of Legal Methods has an opening for an Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) or a Lecturer, preferably a senior Lecturer (Lecturer 3 or 2). The Assistant Professor will be involved in teaching and research activities, the Lecturer will be focusing on teaching. For the appointment as an Assistant Professor a finished PhD is required. This requirement does not apply for the appointment as lecturer. Yet, experience in research is seen as an advantage.

The prospective Assistant Professor / Lecturer will teach and coordinate various courses in bachelor and master programmes. The courses concern introductory courses in law, such as Introduction to Law and Legal Skills. In this course, students are introduced in the major areas of law and legal skills. If language skills allow, the Assistant Professor / Lecturer will also be involved in introductory courses in Dutch, such as Algemene Rechtswetenschap 1 and Algemene Rechtswetenschap 2. If language skills allow, the Assistant Professor / Lecturer will also be involved in teaching and coordinating courses in Dutch concerning methods and methodology in legal research. These courses concern doctrinal legal research, empirical legal research and master thesis writing.

An Assistant Professor will conduct research within the department of Legal Methods. Research expertise and interests preferably lie in one or more of the following three research areas which play a central role in the research at the department: (1) public order and safety, (2) housing rights and law and (3) methods and methodology in legal research. The Assistant Professor may participate in the research of the ERC project EVICT on the right to housing, evictions and data science. This project is coordinated by professor Michel Vols within the department (see

An Assistant Professor is expected to successfully undertake research: publish (peer-reviewed) journal articles and books (chapters), organize and participate in conferences and write grant proposals to acquire research funding. The Assistant Professor is also expected to fulfil a coordinating and/or pioneering role in the research group. This may include (co-)supervising PhD and (research) master’s students and the further development of the project websites of our research group (see for example or ).

The vacancy concerns an 18 months appointment for 0.8-1.0 FTE with – depending on performance – the prospect of a permanent employment.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following qualifications:

  • for the appointment as an Assistant Professor: a (nearly) finished PhD in law
  • for the appointment as a Lecturer: research experience will be a strong advantage
  • possession of a basic university teaching qualification or preparedness to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
  • ample experience in providing and coordinating courses at university level
  • expertise in one or more of the research areas of the Department of Legal Methods will be a strong advantage
  • experience in writing research proposals and attracting external research funding will be a strong advantage
  • an emerging national and/or international network
  • fluency in English
  • the ability to teach in Dutch will be a strong advantage
  • ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • demonstrable competences: planning and organizing, conceptual capacity, presenting, monitoring, flexibility, independent, analytical skills.


Since its founding 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. We encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Among the best research universities in Europe, we join forces with prestigious partner universities and networks around the world, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Law in Groningen
The Faculty of Law is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty of law with both high-quality education and research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of The Netherlands.

The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and research, benefitting society. With 5,000 students and 500 staff members, the faculty is heavily involved in educating students, both Dutch and international. The faculty is a modern, broad and international institution, educating students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent lawyers.

Department of Legal Methods
The Assistant Professor / Lecturer will become a member of the Department of Legal Methods, a vibrant and relatively young legal multidisciplinary department at the faculty of law of the University of Groningen.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a minimum salary of € 2.846 (scale 10, Lecturer 4) and a maximum salary of € 5,943 (scale 12.0, Assistant Professor 1) gross a month on a full-time basis in accordance with your experience
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
  • a temporary position of 0.8-1.0 FTE (80%-100%) for the period of 18 months with the option of a permanent employment. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first 18 months.

The faculty offers the opportunity to attend international conferences and to participate in workshops and seminars.

The preferable starting date of the position is 1 August 2022 (or as soon as possible), but no later than 1 September 2022.


Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae.

You may apply for this position until 12 June 11:59pm / before 13 June 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

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