Assistant Professor of Organisation Studies

Utrecht University



Job Description
The Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies. For this position, we welcome candidates with a track record and a demonstrable potential to generate innovative theoretical and empirical knowledge on the changing dynamics of power and inequality in contemporary organisations. Relevant areas of expertise are diversity and inequality in contemporary work settings; diversity and equality-fostering policies; new technologies, occupational practices and control/resistance; emergent, alternative and diverse economic practices, business models and organisational forms; ethics, politics and organization; collective forms of resistance, activism, mobilization; and (collective) action and social change. Scholars working within critical traditions of thought are particularly encouraged to apply.

The appointed Assistant Professor will, together with colleagues, carry out research within his or her area of expertise. S/he has a broad background in Organisation Studies and is able to substantially contribute to the development and teaching of (parts of) courses in various pedagogical forms. The suitable candidate is open to multiple disciplinary approaches to contemporary organisational phenomena.

S/he is moreover part of international academic and practitioners’ networks relevant to her/his area of expertise, and will contribute to enhancing the visibility and the profiling of the Organisation Studies chair and USG within them. S/he is willing to contribute to seeking external funding to support the research activities of the research group and USG from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and other revenues, like the European Union, non-governmental organisations, and the business sector.

The suitable candidate is able to:

initiate and conduct research in the Organisation Studies research group contributing to the research programme of the USG;
teach in various pedagogical forms at the bachelor and master levels in various programmes offered by the USG;
give a substantial contribution to applications for research projects through, for instance, the NWO and EU funding;
take up administrative tasks related to research and teaching activities in which s/he is involved.

To this end, the suitable candidate:

Has a PhD degree in Organisation Studies, Management or other relevant Social Science;
Has a passion for theoretically sound empirical research with high societal impact;
Has experience in teaching and a strong affinity with small-scale, intensive teaching;
Has expertise in qualitative research methods, and is open to multiple methodologies;
Has a starting publishing track record and the ambition to become a leading scholar in her/his domain in her/his area of expertise;
Is a team player combining commitment and a critical-constructive attitude toward the organisation, colleagues, and students;
Is a strong communicator who can engage different audiences;
Has a basic teaching qualification or is willing to acquire this qualification.

Experience with external funds acquisition is not required but an asset.

Experience in administrative roles (e.g. project management) is not required but an asset.


We offer a position as an Assistant Professor (1.0 FTE) in an inspiring academic team with a collegial work culture and a healthy ambition to make a difference in academia and society. The position is a permanent appointment upon positive evaluation after two years. Utrecht University employs a system of quality assessment for teaching and research, with consequences for career development.

The salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges from €3,637 to €5,656 (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end allowance of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Here you'll find more information about working at Utrecht University.


About the Organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance is a Faculty at the heart of society, with a strong focus on social issues. Our subjects of Law, Economics and Governance give us a strong mix of academic disciplines that complement and enhance each other. This is a unique combination and a mark of our Faculty's strength.

The Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) is today a rapidly expanding Department of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University, counting about 140 staff and faculty members. USG research, education, and professional services are characterized by theoretical and methodological diversity. USG’s academic research has an excellent national and international reputation. The USG ‘Public Matters’ research programme was recently externally assessed as ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’. USG contributes to strategic themes of Utrecht University including ‘Institutions for Open Societies’ and, in particular, the ‘Future of Work’ and the ‘Gender & Diversity’ hubs.

Utrecht University is a research-intensive university member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Located at the heart of Europe, it has a vibrant international academic and student community.


Additional Information
For further information please contact Prof. Patrizia Zanoni through Ms. Inge Bakker-Simon ( or + 31 30 253 89 39 / 8101).


Utrecht University is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications should consist of a covering letter explaining motivation and qualifications for the position and a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications. Applications will be considered by the recruitment committee and preliminarily shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited for informal conversations with the University, after which a formal shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview and campus visits. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate will take place thereafter.

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Closing date for applications is 23 April 2019.

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