Positions and work environment
We are looking for three new colleagues to join our expanding academic staff in the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science
(ISW) of the faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University. We are an enthusiastic, and inclusive team, and offer a supportive working environment. As part of Utrecht University, we want to contribute to an inclusive university community, a just society and equal rights and opportunities for all. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to feel at home at our university, and we welcome colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Job description and embedding
All three positions combine teaching and research and social impact. The positions have a strong emphasis on teaching and teaching management (60%) and come with a substantial research and social impact component (40%). Interdisciplinarity plays a central role in our teaching and research, and we especially encourage you to apply if you already have experience or a particular interest in working in an interdisciplinary team of (under)graduate students, researchers, and societal partners.
The teaching and research of ISW is organized in three programmes: Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations, Social Policy and Public Health, and Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts. Of the three positions, one is in Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations (position A
), one is in Social Policy and Public Health (position B
), and one is an appointment across these programs (position C
). Depending on the position, the teaching related to the appointment will focus on Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations, or Social Policy and Public Health, or encompass both. Similarly, depending on the appointment, your research should relate to Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations, or Social Policy and Public Health, or both.
The programme Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations is concerned with inclusion and exclusion of immigrants, both from the immigrant perspective as well as from the origin and destination country perspective. This includes a range of topics, such as group identities, intergroup attitudes, nationalism and right-wing radicalism, discrimination, immigrants’ structural, social and political integration, dynamics in the first years after migration, religiosity and transnationalism. We examine these questions in the general population but also in specific settings, such as in schools, neighbourhoods and organizations, drawing mostly on quantitative methods.
The programme Social Policy and Public Health is concerned with three broad domains: work, care and participation; health behaviors, outcomes and services; and sustainability behaviours and transitions. Across these domains, the programme addresses issues of social determinants and inequity (e.g., in work-life balance, health, uptake of sustainable technologies), design and impact of social policies and interventions (e.g., to promote participation), global health and wellbeing (e.g., access and impact of health services in low and middle income countries), and ethics, justice and engagement in research and social policy. We use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.
Tasks and expectations of the position
Combining teaching/teaching management (60%) and research/social impact (40%), the core tasks of the positions include:
- independently teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in the curriculum of Interdisciplinary Social Science;
- educational management, including the coordination of courses at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level, coordinating educational (innovation) projects;
- development of courses on Migration, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Relations, or Social Policy and Public Health, or both, and actively participating in the innovation and improvement of the curriculum;
- carrying out and supervising research within the scope of the programme on Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations, or Social Policy and Public Health, or both;
- conducting high-quality research in and publishing (inter)nationally in a domain aligned with one or both programmes;
- generating additional and external funding to extend the research in a domain aligned with one or both programmes;
- translating and communicating research findings and scientific insights to different types of audiences, including scientific, professional and community audiences.