Researcher in Development Studies

Radboud University


Employment1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary€ 3,974 - € 5,439
Required backgroundPhD
Organizational unitFaculty of Social Sciences
Application deadline27 August 2023

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to strengthen its research on diversity and inequality. You will be expected to work in a cross-disciplinary manner, exploring the connections between Anthropology and Development Studies.

You will particularly conduct qualitative and/or mixed-methods and multidisciplinary research on issues related to our central research programme on diversity and inequality. More specifically, you will contribute to one of two subthemes:

  1. 'Inequality and Relatedness in Multicultural Societies', with its central question being: How does the politicisation of relatedness perpetuate and/or transform various forms of inequality?
  2. 'Diversity, Markets and Natural Resources', with a focus on the following question: 'How are different forms of diversity and inequality within and between societies related to the functioning of markets and associated changes in access to natural resources?'

We particularly welcome applicants with specific interest and expertise in issues around personal indebtedness and/or intergenerational poverty, which can be further developed in view of relatedness (subtheme 1) or market functioning (subtheme 2).    

You will be expected to:

  • Perform and publish top-quality research on diversity and inequality.
  • Prepare a proposal for research funding.
  • Contribute to societal debate on the basis of your research.
  • Collaborate with staff at the Radboud Social Cultural Research (RSCR) institute.
  • Perform teaching duties, mostly in Dutch, in collaboration with staff members (0.2 FTE).
  • Be an inspiring member of our staff with excellent communication skills.


  • You should hold a doctoral degree (PhD) in Anthropology, Development Studies or a closely related discipline.
  • You have a strong general knowledge of the field of anthropology and development studies.
  • You have extensive experience with qualitative and/or mixed methods research.
  • You have an excellent track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Preferably, you also have (successful) experience in the acquisition of external funding.
  • You are an inspiring teacher with expertise in teaching at an academic level.
  • You have an university teaching qualification or the willingness to acquire such a certificate within two years (giving priority to completing the module on coaching).
  • You are a team player with good social, communication and organisational skills.
  • You have a commitment to contribute to societal debates.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken Dutch, or you are willing to develop this within two years.

We are

This position will be embedded in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, which is part of the Radboud Social Cultural Research (RSCR) Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The position will be part of the sector plan 'Social Inequality and Diversity'. The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University and holds the ambition to be among the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place at a leafy green campus, in modern buildings with state-of-the-art facilities.

Radboud University

We are keen to meet critical thinkers who want to look closer at what really matters. People who, from their expertise, wish to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This ambition unites more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University and requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

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Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Joost Beuving, Assistent Professor at 06 30 31 58 45 or joost.beuving [at] Alternatively, you can contact Luuk van Kempen, Assistent Professor at 06 12 61 25 59 or luukvankempen [at]

Practical information and applying

You can apply until 27 August 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Joost Beuving. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
  • Research statement (max. 1 page).
The first round of interview will take place on Tuesday 5 September. The second round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 12 September. You would preferably begin employment on 1 November 2023.
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Application deadline 27 August 2023

We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Dr Beuving, J.J. (Joost)

Assistent Professor
joost.beuving [at] 06 30 31 58 45

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