Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

Radboud University


Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

  • 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,656
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Job level: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years, permanent
  • Application deadline: 8 December 2019


We are looking for


The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies (ADS) at Radboud University is looking for an Assistant Professor. The research and educational programmes of this department focus on the relationship between diversity and inequality. The prospective assistant professor will be expected to contribute to these research and teaching programmes.

As an assistant professor you will teach courses in the Bachelor's degree programme in Anthropology and Development Studies and also contribute to the Master's degree programme. You will give lectures and seminars, and also supervise students preparing Bachelor's and Master's theses. Furthermore, there are opportunities for you to participate in the interdisciplinary Research Master's programme in Social and Cultural Sciences.

You will conduct ethnographic or mixed-methods and multidisciplinary research on issues related to the central research programme mentioned above. Your research should complement or extend the departments research into diversity and inequality, preferably with a focus on cultural diversity and solidarity in the context of neoliberal international markets. The departments research programme is a joint programme, hence you will be expected to contribute to building bridges between Anthropology and Development Studies. You should also be able to obtain external funding for your research and to attract graduate students.

You will be expected to:

  • Carry out and coordinate excellent teaching in Dutch/English (50%).
  • Be an inspiring, motivating and conscientious supervisor of internships as well as of BA and MA theses.
  • Perform and publish top-quality research (50%).
  • Apply for external funding by submitting research proposals.
  • Collaborate with researchers from the ADS department and the other departments at the institute and with external scholars.
  • Be an inspiring staff member with excellent communication skills.
  • Develop a network of national and international partners.

We ask


  • A doctoral degree (PhD) in Anthropology, Development Studies or Development Anthropology.
  • An inspiring teacher with expertise in teaching at an academic level in Dutch/English.
  • A university teaching qualification (BKO) or the willingness to acquire such a certificate within two years (with a priority for the module on coaching).
  • Extensive experience with ethnographic and/or mixed methods research and an excellent track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and grants obtained.
  • An excellent track record in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • Preferably experience in the acquisition of external funding.
  • A team player with good social, communication and organisational skills.
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).
  • An excellent command of written and spoken Dutch or the willingness to learn Dutch within 2 years.

We are


Faculty of Social Sciences
The position will be embedded in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The research in this position will align with the Radboud Social and Cultural Research programme. The facultys ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands. The Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest faculty at Radboud University, with a total of around 4,500 students spread over three educational institutions.

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies is part of Radboud Social and Cultural Research (RSCS), which brings together the disciplines of sociology, gender and diversity studies, and anthropology and development studies. RSCSs overarching research theme focuses on three topics: inequality, cohesion and modernisation. The Bachelors and Masters programmes in Anthropology and Development Studies are part of the curriculum of the School of Socio-Cultural Sciences.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of €4,978 or €5,656 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11 or 12).
  • The exact salary (in scale 11 or 12) depends on your qualifications and relevant work experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years, with the possibility of extension to a permanent position upon positive evaluation after 2 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 January 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Toon van Meijl, Professor of Anthropology
Tel.: 024 361 55 79

Apply directly

Please submit your application, for the attention of Prof. Toon van Meijl, using the application button, no later than 8 December 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time (GMT +1).

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Motivation letter (one page)
  • One-page summary of your research including future research plans.
  • CV including a list of publications (3 pages max.)
  • Names and contact details of two scholars who can provide references.

The first round of interviews will take place on 19 December 2019.

Candidates to be invited to interviews will be selected on 12 December 2019.


We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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