Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

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26 May 18 Jun Nijmegen

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Job description

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University is seeking an assistant professor. The research and educational programmes of this department focus on the relationship between diversity and inequality. The prospective assistant professor will be expected to contribute to these research and teaching programmes.

As an assistant professor you will teach courses in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programme in Anthropology and Development Studies such as Philosophy of Science, Current Debates on Human-Nature Relations, and Ecological Livelihoods and Environmental Justice. You will give lectures and seminars, and supervise students preparing Bachelor's and Master's theses. Furthermore, there will be opportunities for you to participate in the interdisciplinary Research Master's programme in Social and Cultural Sciences.

You will particularly conduct qualitative (e.g. ethnographic, mixed-methods) and multidisciplinary research on issues related to the central research programme on diversity and inequality. More specifically, you will contribute to the theme 'Diversity, Markets, and Natural Resources' that focuses on the following question: 'How are different forms of diversity and inequality within and between societies related to the functioning of markets and associated changes in access to natural resources?' Possible research topics include the politics of changing relationships between people and natural resources; differences in cultural understanding of what can be marketed, including land and the disruptive notion of nature as a resource; and local perspectives on how natural resources and the more-than-human environment are governed in a critical context of environmental and climate change.

The Department's research programme is a joint programme, hence you will be expected to work in a cross-disciplinary manner, exploring the connections between Anthropology and Development Studies. You should also be able to obtain external funding for your research and attract graduate students.

Your tasks will include carrying out and coordinating excellent teaching in Dutch/English; inspiring and motivating students; being a conscientious supervisor of internships as well as BA and MA theses; performing and publishing top-quality research; applying for external funding by submitting research proposals; collaborating with researchers from the ADS department and the other departments at the institute and with external scholars; contributing to the societal debate; being an inspiring staff member with excellent communication skills; and developing a network of national and international academic and non-academic partners. 


Radboud University


  • You should hold a doctoral degree (PhD) in Anthropology, Development Studies or Social/Cultural Geography.
  • You are an inspiring teacher with expertise in teaching at an academic level in Dutch and English.
  • You have a university teaching qualification (BKO) or the willingness to acquire such a certificate within two years (giving priority to completing the module on coaching).
  • You have extensive experience with ethnographic and/or mixed methods research and an excellent track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and grants obtained.
  • You have an excellent track record in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • Preferably, you also have experience in the acquisition of external funding.
  • You are a team player with good social, communication and organisational skills.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year, with the possibility of a permanent employment.

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €4,814 and a maximum of €6,181 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 12).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year, with the possibility of 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 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
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.


This position will be embedded in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, which is part of the Radboud Social Cultural Research (RSCR) Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University and holds the ambition to be among the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

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!


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Behaviour and society
  • €4814—€6181 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1210705



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