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FASoS is seeking an assistant professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research on a contemporary issue of globalisation and development with specific reference to the Global South and from a transnational perspective.
Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. You are expected to develop international research projects and to attract external funding that is related to the research programme’s themes.
You will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA and MA programmes of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, especially in the BSc Global Studies and MA Globalisation and Development Studies. The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.
You have a PhD degree in development studies, human geography, anthropology, sociology, political economy or another relevant social science discipline with a focus on regions in the Global South, be it in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America. Your research should show how a contemporary issue of globalisation and development is experienced by and/or affects a region in the Global South and how this issue can be understood from a broader transnational perspective that interconnects regions within and beyond the Global South. The thematic focus is open: any number of themes (for example: climate change, knowledge for development, migration, development financing, data justice, and peace & reconciliation) merit a transnational approach and we welcome applications from candidates who have worked in any of these or other thematic fields. You should have experience with a diversity of qualitative methods. Familiarity with quantitative methods is a plus. Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (basic level). Candidates with relevant work experience in an academic position after obtaining their PhD is a plus.
You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching roles. Experience with course development is an asset. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.
You display outstanding quality in research and have experience with an interdisciplinary approach. You have a relevant international network and a track record or potential for grant acquisition. International peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative.
You are a team player, have an open, effective management style, and are ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty.
Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.
Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier. On the candidate’s request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness.
The workload will be the normal workload for the position of assistant professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching – and 40% research activities.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3.637,-- and a maximum of € 4.978,-- gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 11, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
The university’s relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate needs to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), (s)he will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing.
Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave as well as a shared office space and a PC.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.
Starting date: Preferably August 15, 2020
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers three 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture, European Studies and Digital Society. It also offers eight different 1-year master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes.
Research is organised around four programmes: Arts, Media and Culture; Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development; Politics and Culture in Europe; and Science, Technology and Society Studies. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.