Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISW): Migration, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Relations (1.0 FTE, temporary)

Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISW): Migration, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Relations (1.0 FTE, temporary)

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24 Dec 24 Jan Utrecht

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Job description

You will be employed at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science of the faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University. The position comprises teaching and research. Candidates with a particular interest in working with an interdisciplinary team of graduate students, faculty, and societal partners on projects aimed at understanding migration, cultural diversity and its impact on interethnic relations and immigrant integration, are encouraged to apply. You will be teaching in the bachelor’s degree program in Interdisciplinary Social Science, two international one-year master’s degree programs, Social Policy and Public Health and Youth Studies, and our Research Master program’s MERM. Our teaching crosses disciplinary boundaries of fields such as sociology, psychology and public health.

The department’s research activities are organized in three programs: ‘Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations’, ‘Social Policy and Public Health’, and ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’. The position will be affiliated with the former program: Interdisciplinary Social Science: Migration, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Relations. Your research will be part of the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) research program (headed by Prof. Marcel Lubbers). We have a young, enthusiastic, interdisciplinary team, including a large group of PhD candidates. The group is internationally oriented and has long-standing collaborations with (inter)national research departments and societal partners. The research group participates actively in the national research school ICS as well as in the UU’s strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies and in the UU’s focus area Migration and Societal Change.

Research in Migration and Cultural Diversity is interdisciplinary and has a stronghold in quantitative research, relying on register data, longitudinal and cross-national surveys and experimental studies with both a macro- and micro-level approach, but without the exclusion of qualitative research. Candidates skilled in mixed-methods are also explicitly invited to apply. Research focuses on inclusion and exclusion of immigrants, both from the immigrant perspective as well as from the origin and destination country perspective. Research interests include a broad range of topics under the umbrella of migration, diversity and interethnic relations, such as nationalism and right-wing radicalism, discrimination, immigrants’ structural, social and political integration, dynamics in the first years after migration and transnationalism. ERCOMER has a job opening for a temporary full-time assistant professor for four years, requiring you to contribute to our educational and research programme.


The position involves 60% teaching activities and 40% research time (preferably starting in April 2021). The core tasks will include:

  • contributing to the bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes within the curriculum of Interdisciplinary Social Science;
  • carrying out and supervising research within the scope of the research area of ‘Migration, Diversity and Ethnic Relations’;
  • translating and communicating scientific findings to different audiences, creating impact;
  • contributing to the acquisition of external research funding.


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  • The candidate has experience with developing academic courses in a team setting;
  • The candidate is an inspiring teacher;
  • The candidate holds a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or is willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.


  • The candidate holds a PhD degree in the field of social or behavioural sciences;
  • The candidate has experience in conducting scientific research in the field of migration, diversity or ethnic relations;
  • The candidate has ideas about their own research line and how this fits the ERCOMER profile;
  • The candidate is able to contribute to the (collective) acquiring of external research funding for the benefit of the research programme.


  • The candidate has good communication skills, a proactive work attitude, and is able to work within a team;
  • The candidate has a good command of written and spoken Dutch and English.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for four years in an international working environment. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,746 and €5,826 (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus 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). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


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 Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 6.000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues. 


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3746—€5826 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1136608



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