Scientific Director of the KNIR (1,0) (221235)




Job description
The Scientific Director of the KNIR is preferably a full professor, with ample management experience and a large network within the Dutch and Italian academic community. The Director has an internationally acknowledged profile in research and teaching, focused primarily on Rome/Italy. The Director has a broad interest in academia and knows how to foster contact among disciplines and their practitioners. She/he knows how to manage a small but complex Dutch academic organisation outside of the Netherlands.

The Director initiates and guarantees the KNIR’s long-term mission, and safeguards the quality of its activities in the areas of research, teaching and their impact on society. The Director guides the teaching and research programme of the institute from a wide perspective and sees and seizes opportunities to expand the target groups and academic partners of the KNIR.

The Director has vision and integrity, an open personality, and excellent communication skills. She/he is an inspiring academic leader who respects peer relationships, and knows how to encourage the various departments, staff and students in the institute. A large network enables the Director to encourage Dutch colleagues to actively use the opportunities that the KNIR offers to researchers and students and well-represents the KNIR and its activities.

The Scientific Director is ultimately responsible for the overall policy, the quality of research and teaching programmes, coordination of the academic and outreach activities and the day-to-day affairs of the institute. This means that the Director:
• carries out the KNIR’s mission and vision, including periodical evaluation and adjustment
• executes the personnel, financial and housing policies together with the Director of Operational Management within the framework of a power of attorney granted by the UG
• acts as the supervisor of the academic staff
• maintains contact with the Board of the University of Groningen, the Scientific Advisory Council, the Board of the Dutch Scientific Institutes Abroad (NWIB) and the universities and institutes of higher education, research and culture in the Netherlands and Italy that the KNIR works with
• represents the KNIR and maintains relationships between the institute and its environment in the Netherlands and Italy
• bears the ultimate responsibility for the teaching programme and the research carried out in the KNIR
• actively contributes to the KNIR’s teaching programme
• contributes to the supervision of students and researchers staying at the KNIR
• conducts academic research and publishes the results according to arrangements to be made and evaluated periodically
• organises academic meetings in the context of the research profile of the KNIR.

• preferably a full professor
• demonstrable managerial qualities, focused on collaboration and cohesion
• managerial and organisational experience
• preferably good knowledge of the functioning of the institute in Rome
• an internationally acknowledged teaching/research profile with interdisciplinary elements and a proven interest for issues related to Rome/Italy
• experience in obtaining research funds and in leading a research group
• an extensive network in the Italian academic community as well as in the international institutes in Rome
• an excellent command of Dutch, Italian and English.

The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) is the oldest and largest of the Dutch academic institutes abroad. For more than a century, the KNIR has been committed to high-quality research and interdisciplinary education in the humanities, and serves as a bridge between Dutch universities and the academic world in Italy.
The institute thus fosters contacts and networking among Dutch researchers and the Italian and foreign academics and institutions in Rome. The KNIR conducts interuniversity teaching and research programmes which are supervised by the University of Groningen (UG), focusing on the humanities and with particular attention to archaeology, art history and history. In addition to these interuniversity programmes in the humanities, the KNIR organises activities targeted at other disciplines, resulting in mutual benefits which enrich both the students and lecturers involved.
A Scientific Advisory Council based in the Netherlands advises the KNIR on its interuniversity programmes.

The KNIR has ample facilities to accommodate and support teaching and research activities, such as an extensive library, multifunctional meeting rooms, a material culture laboratory and guest accommodation for up to 30 people. These facilities can be used for meetings and courses in all academic areas.
The KNIR has four academic staff members (4 FTE) and eight support staff members (7.45 FTE). The staff members are responsible for the organisation and execution of all activities in the institute’s historic building located near the Villa Borghese. The KNIR uses several services provided by the University of Groningen for its operational and personnel management.

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

• a salary in accordance with the candidate’s current position, supplemented with a foreign residence allowance (KNIR allowance scheme 2012)
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for a period of 5 years
• an appointment at the University of Groningen is possible.

The appointment procedure may include an assessment.

Start: 1 September 2021

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in the position, please include CV and cover letter with your application.

Deadline of application: 19 May 2021 23.59 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “APPLY FOR THIS POSITION” below).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP) and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers.
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