Full Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

Full Professor of Anthropology and Development Studies

Published Deadline Location
30 Apr 2 Jun Nijmegen

Job description

Are you an inspiring academic leader with a heart for impactful research and education? Are you passionate about forging partnerships beyond academia for positive social change? Are you ready to challenge traditional boundaries in anthropology and development studies? Then apply as a professor of Anthropology and Development Studies.

We are looking for a full professor who can strengthen our profile in the multidisciplinary and shifting field of anthropology and development studies. You will push the intellectual boundaries in studying societal change as well as contribute to decolonising change by making our department a place to rethink and craft alternative, more inclusive futures in response to numerous national and global challenges and opportunities.

We are specifically looking for a team player with interdisciplinary and intersectoral skills who will act as a beacon of inspiration and source of intellectual support, rather than a distant star. As a professor, you should be ready for a role as standard bearer in your contact with the media, international academic networks, faculties and universities. In order to advance our commitment to decolonizing change, we especially value candidates with professional experience and networks outside of academia.

To advance our commitment to decolonising change, you will be expected to contribute to four core areas (teaching, research, societal impact, and management and academic leadership) and have professional experience and networks outside of academia.

You will deliver and develop high-quality, innovative and impactful teaching to students across the curriculum. When developing new courses, you will have a clear vision on educational innovation, in particular on creative and blended learning methods. You actively contribute in this way to preparing students for their professional future roles as researchers and/or stimulators of change. Finally, you will promote further internationalisation of the degree programs, and make your expertise available to the AMID post-graduate Programme.

You will conduct and inspire cutting-edge research in the ADS field with publications in leading academic journals and books, as well as supervise research by junior researchers (PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers). You will be expected to contribute to strengthening the research programme by unpacking the actors, networks and policies underpinning societal change. You will also play an active role in, and contribute to, the multidisciplinary RSCR research programme, which various disciplines participate in.

You will be expected to have extensive experience with the co-creation of knowledge, bringing together academic and societal partners, such as non-government organisations, welfare assistance organisations, and companies. To advance this, you will be expected to be part of multiple academic and societal networks, actively contributing to the co-creation of knowledge and practices in wider societal contexts, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Key to your academic leadership style is a commitment to carry out together with ADS management (department chair and programme director), staff and faculty. You will consider management as a group responsibility, and therefore share administrative work. Through your behaviour and values, you will promote an inclusive and socially safe work environment, as well as actively stimulate talent development and team spirit. You will commit to living in or near Nijmegen, participating in Dutch society and learning the language (if not a Dutch speaker).

For a full profile of this position, see the file attached below.


Radboud University


  • You hold a doctoral degree and have proven excellence in teaching and research.
  • 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 broad and thorough knowledge of the field of anthropology and development studies, and a clear vision on the future of cutting-edge research in these fields.
  • You have extensive research experience in anthropology and development studies and have gained a strong international reputation, as evidenced by editorial positions, fellowships, key note invitations, and external grants.
  • You have ideas and plans for cross-disciplinary research in the social sciences.
  • 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 know how to coordinate courses and manage educational programmes, and are experienced in organising and delivering teaching to Bachelor's and Master's students.
  • You hold a Dutch senior university teaching qualification, or an equivalent qualification, or the willingness to acquire one.
  • You have a proven record of supervising doctoral students to successful completion. You have an excellent command of Dutch and English, both spoken and written (or the willingness to learn the Dutch language within two years).
  • You are familiar with knowledge dissemination and valorisation of knowledge in cooperation with various social partners.
  • You have a network of contacts and 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 pursued by the faculty.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: We will give you a temporary employment contract of one year with the prospect of an indefinite contract.

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract of one year with the prospect of an indefinite contract.
  • Your salary within salary scale H2 depends on your previous education and number of years of (relevant) work experience. The amounts in the scale are based on a 38-hour working week.
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 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.


The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies (ADS) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) which, with more than 650 FTEs, is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University. The ADS research programme is embedded in the internationally reputed Radboud Social Cultural Research (RSCR) institute, bringing together anthropology and development studies, gender studies and sociology. RSCR research focuses on changing inequalities and inclusion, and is coordinated by the RSCR research director.

Together with the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Department further coordinates the theme ‘social inequality and diversity’ from the National Sector Plan for the Social Sciences and Humanities, liaising with other FSS sector plan themes and other Social Sciences/Humanities faculties.

The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Anthropology and Development Studies are part of the FSS teaching institute, coordinated by the ADS programme director. The Department is also involved in the multidisciplinary Research Master’s programme in Social and Cultural Science, which is part of the RSCR research institute, the AMID post-Master’s programme for training young professionals, and the Netherlands School of Anthropology (NESA) for PhD teaching.

Together with management, staff and students in the ADS Department and FSS, as well as through inter-faculty collaborations, you will be co-responsible for the future development of both research and teaching.

Additional information

You can apply no later than 2 June only via the button below. Address your letter of application to Evelyn Kroesbergen. In the application form, you will find which documents you need to include with your application.

The first interviews will take place in June. You will preferably start your employment on 1 September.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure. It describes what you can expect during the application procedure and how we handle your personal data and internal and external candidates. If you wish to apply for a non-scientific position with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information.


  • Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 24.037.24



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