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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Education & Instruction
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      January 14,2022
    • Entrusting Package
    • JSS
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    • IMG_6430
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    Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

    Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

    • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 5,864 - € 8,539
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Required background: PhD
    • Application deadline: 27 February 2022

    Radboud University is seeking a new professor in anthropology and development studies for its department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. This chair will be one of two chairs in the department, next to a chair of cultural anthropology. In recent years, the department has developed an innovative research programme and a well-established educational curriculum, both focusing thematically on the interaction between diversity and inequality. Theoretically, research within the department is open to various perspectives in order to contribute productively to the analysis of challenging societal questions.

    The increasing diversity of many societies has become a key contemporary concern as it is often associated with declining social cohesion. At the same time, debates about diversity are inherently linked to widespread concerns with rising inequality. The principal question the department's research programme addresses is, therefore, how diversity and inequality are shaped in various contexts, how diversity and inequality affect social interaction and how they possibly reinforce each other. These questions inspire both research and teaching on a variety of subjects, ranging from issues of belonging, diversity and poverty, to shifting relations between the state and citizens, and, last but not least, a concern with human-nature relations in view of a number of interlocking crises, such as climate change and the increasing scarcity of natural resources. Research within the department is conducted both in the Global North and the Global South, mostly from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    You will bear responsibility for the future development of the research programme and the education curriculum in consultation and cooperation with staff and students in the department. You will be engaged in three core areas: education, research and management & academic leadership.

    As a professor, you will deliver high quality, innovative and impactful teaching in both Bachelor's and Master's phases to students of the programme in Anthropology and Development Studies and, moreover, to the Research Master's programme in the Social and Cultural Sciences. You will be involved in the education curriculum at both course and programme level, as well as in the preparation of evaluation reports for external reviews and accreditation procedures. You will also promote further internationalization of all degree programmes. Finally, you will make your expertise available to the Advanced Master's programme in International Development (AMID).

    You will conduct high quality research, with impact, and will supervise research conducted by PhD students and staff members. In addition, you will contribute to the further strengthening and expansion of the research programme of the department, which has recently been evaluated and assessed as 'very good'. You will also play an active role in, and contribute to the interdisciplinary research programme of the Radboud Social Cultural Research institute (RSCR), in which the disciplines of sociology, gender and diversity studies, and anthropology and development studies cooperate. In this capacity, you will actively seek to build bridges between different disciplines in the social sciences by developing joint research and PhD projects within the faculty and beyond. Responsibilities also include attracting research projects based on external funding. In this context, you are expected to collaborate with other local, national and international partners.

    You will take a fair share in management and leadership within the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, the Radboud Social Cultural Research institute, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Radboud University. Through your behaviour you will promote an attractive, productive, inclusive and safe work environment and stimulate talent development and team spirit.


    • You hold a doctoral degree and proven excellence in teaching and research.
    • You have broad and thorough knowledge of the field of anthropology and development studies.
    • You have a clear vision on the future of cutting-edge research in the fields of anthropology and development studies, in particular with a focus on the interplay between diversity and inequality.
    • You have an extensive research experience in anthropology and development studies, including strong evidence of international esteem, supported by editorial positions, fellowships, key note invitations, and external grants.
    • You have ideas and plans for cross-disciplinary research with other disciplines in social sciences and other faculties.
    • You have an extensive knowledge of and experience with field research and a broad range of methodological procedures for research.
    • You have an outstanding track record of publications in peer reviewed (open access) academic journals and books.
    • You are experienced in organizing and delivering teaching in both Bachelor's and Master's phases.
    • You are experienced with coordinating courses and managing educational programmes.
    • You hold a Dutch senior university teaching qualification, or an equivalent qualification, or the willingness to acquire one.
    • You have demonstrated leadership skills and management qualities, including the ability to motivate staff members and to advance academic collaboration in multidisciplinary teams.
    • You have a proven record of supervising doctoral students to successful completion.
    • You have an excellent ability in English, both spoken and written, and preferably also ability in Dutch (or the willingness to learn the Dutch language within two years).
    • You are experienced with knowledge dissemination and valorisation of knowledge in cooperation with various social partners.
    • You have a network of contacts and an experience with creating value for society and disseminating scientific knowledge to a broad audience.
    • You endorse the mission statement and strategy of Radboud University as well as the strategy of the faculty.

    We are

    The research programme of the department of Anthropology and Development Studies is part of the Radboud Social Cultural Research institute, which brings together the disciplines of sociology, gender and diversity studies, and anthropology and development studies. The overarching research programme of RSCR focuses on three themes: inequality, cohesion and modernization. The Bachelor's and Master's programmes in anthropology and development studies are part of the School of Social-Cultural Sciences. The department is also involved in the interdisciplinary Research Master programme in the Social and Cultural Sciences.

    Both the research institute and the education institute are part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, one of the largest faculties at Radboud University.

    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 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
    • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €5,864 and a maximum of €8,539 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale H2).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • It concerns a permanent employment.
    • 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 29 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.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Toon van Meijl, professor at Alternatively, you can contact Gerbert Kraaykamp, professor and research director RSCR at

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 27 February 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Toon van Meijl. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV, including a list of publications, and the names and contact details of three scholars who can provide references (all in one PDF file).
    • A short summary of your research including future research plans (1 or 2 pages).
    You would preferably begin employment on 1 September 2022.

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