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Sarah Page <[log in to unmask]>


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Mon, 18 Feb 2008 11:51:55 +0000





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Apologies if you receive this call for applications

more than once. Please forward to anyone you think would be interested in

applying for this new position in The Netherlands.




Junior Researcher (1.0 fte)

Initially located

at the Verwey Jonker Instituut (VJI), Utrecht

and afterwards at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands


Vacancy reference: 208057



The Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FRW) at the

University of Groningen (RUG) consists of 75 members and focuses on high

quality teaching and research in the fields of economic and cultural geography,

planning and demography. The Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI) was

established in 1999 and coordinates all research projects in the faculty.

Projects, conducted from the interdisciplinary perspective of geography,

planning and demography, focus on the relationship between urban and regional

structures and real life processes, on the one hand, and human agency and

intervention within urban and regional structures one the other (see 



Job description

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at Groningen in conjunction with the VJI (see 


seeks a Junior Researcher for the

EU-7th Framework Programme FACIT project. This project explores Faith-based 

Organizations and Exclusion in European

Cities in a number of EU member states and is coordinated by Prof

Jan Vranken (Political and Social Sciences) at the University of Antwerp,



The research concerns the role of faith-based

organizations (FBOs) in matters of poverty and other forms of social exclusion

(such as homelessness or undocumented persons) in cities. From both scientific

and policy perspectives, there is a need for better empirical and comparative

data on what is going on in European cities in these matters and, in

particular, the contribution of FBOs in the reduction (or deepening) of

problems. FBOs have direct entrance to the ‘poor side’ of cities

because of (1) their activities in deprived urban neighbourhoods and among

excluded groups and (2) as in the case of many FBOs with a non-western

background because their members often belong to these deprived and excluded

groups themselves.


The successful candidate will be part of the Dutch

team, relate to the Research Nucleus (a unit of researchers on the theme of

“Urban Social Justice” at Groningen)

and be stationed at the VJI in Utrecht.

He or she will be supervised by Dr. Justin Beaumont and closely assisted by Dr.

Trees Pels and Drs. Hugo Swinnen.


Entry requirements

The following are essential for applicants:



grasp of Dutch language: speaking, reading and writing.

-MA, MSc or MPhil in relevant geographical and social fields of enquiry

and/ or cognate disciplines (e.g. social policy; political science; sociology);

-Proven competence in and preference for theoretically

informed and politically relevant empirical research using qualitative methods,

with awareness and some ability to work with quantitative data;


ability; self-confidence; enthusiasm; and drive.



attributes are preferred:



in debates on any or all of the following: (1) faith-based organizations from

an international comparative perspective; (2) poverty and exclusion in cities;

(3) urban governance and politics; and (4) welfare regimes and (localized)

social policies;


written and oral communication skills;


to work productively, independently and collectively in groups;


to utilize research findings for an independent but related PhD.




The researcher will be employed by the University of Groningen

for a period of three years, but initially

stationed at the VJI in Utrecht, with possibilities for continuation as

a PhD candidate at URSI on the completion of the FACIT project. The starting

salary, conforming to the collective labour agreement, will be at Scale 10 with

a maximum of 2558 euros (gross) full-time, excluding an 8% holiday bonus. The 

University of Groningen is committed to equality of

opportunity in its recruitment strategy.



If you are interested in the vacancy you are invited

to submit your application before 07 March 2008, mentioning the vacancy reference.


We request the following in your application:


1. A covering letter (max. 2 pages) indicating why you

should be considered for the post;

2. An up-to-date CV;

3. A letter of recommendation;

4. An example of your written work (max. 2 papers).


You can submit your application by email to: [log in to unmask] or by regular post to:


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Afdeling Personeel & Organisatie

Postbus 72

9700 AB Groningen



Further information

For informal

email enquiries please contact Justin Beaumont ([log in to unmask]).




Faculty of Spatial Sciences

University of


The Netherlands

Tel: 00 31 50 363 6910/ 3895

Skype: justin9712

Web: www.rug.nl/staff/j.r.beaumont/index


International Conference: Religion, Politics and the Postsecular

City, Groningen, 12-15 November 2008


EU-7FP FACIT project: Faith-based organizations and exclusion in European



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