Assistant Professor of Development Studies and Anthropology Radboud University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Assistant Professor of Development Studies and Anthropology (0.8 FTE)


Faculty of Social Sciences 

Maximum salary: € 4,757 gross/month 

Vacancy number: 24.26.17 

Application deadline: 25 June 2017




The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University is looking for an Assistant Professor of Development Studies and Anthropology. This department is developing and implementing a new joint research and educational programme in which the focus will be on cultural diversity and inequality. The department’s principal research question addresses how exactly cultural diversity and socio-economic inequality are interrelated. The prospective assistant professor is expected to contribute to this new research and teaching programme. 

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. 

As an Assistant Professor of Development Studies and Anthropology you will conduct ethnographic or mixed-methods and multidisciplinary research on issues related to the central research question mentioned above. Your research should complement or extend the department’s research into cultural diversity and socio-economic inequality, preferably with a focus on cultural diversity and solidarity in the context of neoliberal reforms and (international) markets. The department’s research programme is a joint programme, hence you are expected to contribute to building bridges between Development Studies and Anthropology.


Work environment


The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University. The faculty’s 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 Department of Anthropology and Development Studies is part of the Radboud Social Cultural Research Institute (RSCR), which brings together the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology and Development Studies. RSCR’s research focuses on three themes: inequality, cohesion and modernisation. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Anthropology and Development Studies are part of the curriculum of the School of Socio-Cultural Sciences. 

Both the research institute and teaching institute are part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University. It is the faculty’s ambition to become one of the top social sciences faculties in Europe.


What we expect from you

  • a doctoral degree (PhD) in Development Studies or Anthropology;

  • a good track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals;

  • a good track record of grants obtained will be an additional advantage;

  • teaching and supervision experience at Bachelor's and Master's levels;

  • enthusiasm for teaching;

  • university teaching qualification (or willingness to obtain this qualification);

  • a good proficiency in spoken and written English;

  • a good command of Dutch or the willingness to learn Dutch;

  • qualifications that meet the Faculty's publication criteria;

  • good social skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines.


What we have to offer

  • employment: 0.8 FTE;
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,757 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11);
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • the salary depends on qualifications and experience;
  • fixed-term contract for 3 years with a 2-month trial period;
  • you will be classified as an Assistant Professor Level 2 (Universitair Docent, niveau 2) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).


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Other Information


Startdate is 1 September 2017.


Would you like to know more?


Further information on: Anthropology and Development Studies


For more information about this vacancy, please contact: 

Prof. dr. Marja Spierenburg, Professor of Development Studies
Telephone: +31 24 361 57 86


Are you interested?


You should upload your application (attn. of prof. dr. Marja Spierenburg) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

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


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