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Job Position | Assistant Professor Housing and Real Estate Markets at the University of Groningen

Assistant Professor Housing and Real Estate Markets (1,0 fte) (213213)



The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (RUG) consists of 85 members of staff and focuses on high quality teaching and research in the fields of real estate, economic and cultural geography, spatial planning and demography. The Faculty is responsible for the Bachelor Geography and Planning. The Assistant Professor's research and teaching will be related to two departments in the Faculty.
The Department of Economic Geography has a research agenda which centers on issues like real estate, regional labour markets, regional development, entrepreneurship and innovation. The Department is responsible for the Master of Economic Geography and the Master of Real Estate Studies. The research of the Department of Demography / Population Research Centre is carried out within the broad theme 'Population and Well-Being in Context'. The Department is responsible for the Master Population Studies.


Job description

The Assistant Professor will contribute to research and teaching in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. The main research focus is on the quantitative analysis of housing and real estate markets, project development and/or financing also in a comparative context between countries, and the behaviour of individuals and households within these markets in the sense of residential mobility and transitions between housing types or tenures. Housing and real estate markets are shaped by the dynamics of where households and firms locate and relocate and relates to issues like population decline, aging, well-being, household formation and dissolution, regional economic development, infrastructure, landscape and environment and real estate markets itself. All these issues are present in the faculty research theme Towards Well-being, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST) and it is expected that the Assistant Professor contributes to overarching research themes in t(WIST) from the perspective of housing and real estate markets with the explicit goal of stimulating multidisciplinary publications and research proposals.
The Assistant Professor's main teaching task will be in courses in the Master Real Estate Studies and in the Master Population Studies. The Assistant Professor will invest 60% of his/her time in research, and another 40% in teaching.



We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • PhD in Real Estate, Economics, Finance, Economic Geography, or Demography
  • publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals in the field of quantitative research on housing
  • commitment to excellent teaching
  • has a strong drive to share ideas with, and to invest in colleagues and students
  • meets the obligatory requirement for the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO)
  • fluent in English; mastering Dutch or willing to learn Dutch.

Competences of an Assistant Professor:

  • conceptual ability
  • self-reflection
  • presentation
  • result orientation.
  • Conditions of employment


The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and relevant work experience up with a minimum of € 2,919 gross per month (scale 10) to a maximum of € 5,070 gross per month (scale 12) for a full-time position excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for the University of Groningen. The full time appointment is temporary for a specified period of three years, the appraisal interview is at the end of the first year.

Starting date: as soon as possible.

The first interviews will take place on 22 November 2013 and 28 November 2013. Selected candidates will receive an invitation after 11 November 2013.

You may apply for this position before 1 November 2013 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications must include curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, one current working paper, and any available teaching evaluations.

Acquisition is not appreciated.



For information you can contact:

Prof. A.J. van der Vlist, Professor Real Estate, +31 50 3633897,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. C.H. Mulder, Professor Demography, +31 50 3634549,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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