Postdoc Early American Literature (University of Groningen)

Vacancy number 215106

Applications are invited for 1 postdoc researcher (0.8 fte), who will have no teaching responsibilities and who will work on the federally-funded project No More Heroes: Violence and Resistance in New World Poetry. For more information on the project, please see:

Eligible candidates have a PhD in Spanish-American literature or history and are expert readers of classical Nahuatl. For the duration of 1 year, the successful candidate will work on indigenous sources from (shortly before) the Spanish conquest.


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 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Faculty of Arts 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 specializations. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Organizations and International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

The English Department is the oldest in The Netherlands, and has a long tradition of commitment to excellent teaching and high-quality research. Today, our BA and MA courses are consistently rated as the best in the country. Research in the English Department covers all areas of English literature and linguistics, and the staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Language Attrition Project and the Hakluyt Editorial Project.


  • a PhD in Spanish-American literature or history
  • expert reader of classical Nahuatl
  • experience with archival research, translation, and digital humanities is preferred but not expressly required
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers the postdoc a salary of min. 2,855 (salary scale 10 Dutch Universities) to max. 3,324 gross per month (based on fulltime employment). The postdoc will be based at the Department of English Language and Culture.

Please send your entire application (in English) in max. 2 PDF-files before 1 May 2015 Dutch local time, by means of the application form, see: Please upload your entire application as “letter of motivation” and include the vacancy number at the start of your application. Use the second pdf-file for the writing samples, mentioned below.

The application should contain the following:
1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research on the indigenous sources, mentioned above.
2. A full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including a list of publications and presentations, and a copy of your passport.
3. Two recent samples of your writing (not exceeding a combined 10,000 words).
4. Names and contact details of two academic references. Please ask your referees to send their references directly by the deadline.

Starting date: 1 September 2015.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Dr Joanne van der Woude, (please do not use for applications)

Drs Marijke Wubbolts (for practical information), (please do not use for applications)

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