Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Social Science m/f/x (1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Social Science m/f/x (1.0 FTE)

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26 Apr 18 May Utrecht

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We are looking for a new faculty member to expand our academic staff in the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science. Read more about this function here!

Job description

We are looking for you as our new faculty member to expand our academic staff in the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISW) of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The department’s research activities are organized in three programmes: ‘Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations’, ‘Social Policy and Public Health’, and ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’.

The position comprises teaching and research. You will have a combined teaching and research position, with a strong emphasis on teaching and teaching management (60% of the appointment). The teaching related to the appointment will ideally focus on the programme ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’ where inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration is sought. Your research should ideally be linked to this programme. ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’ centres on identifying opportunities for young people to thrive and grow within diverse contexts, including that of the family, peers, school and society. Our young, enthusiastic, interdisciplinary team seeks to understand the interplay between these contexts and individual characteristics and their effects on adolescent and young adult (risk) behaviours, social media use, mental health and social relations. Our research combines large, (longitudinal) quantitative (internationally-comparative) surveys, qualitative interviews, and experimental studies.  

The position involves 60% teaching activities and 40% research time (preferably starting no later than September 2022). The core tasks will include:

  • independently teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses within 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 Youth Development and Social Change, and actively participating in the innovation and improvement of the curriculum;
  • carrying out and supervising research within the scope of the research programme ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’;·        
  • conducting high-quality research in and publishing (inter)nationally within the relevant domain;
  • generating additional and external funding to extend the research within the specific research domain;
  • translating and communicating scientific findings to different audiences.


Utrecht University


We believe individual and collective achievements should be in balance. That’s why we assess both individual and team performance. We stimulate good academic leadership at all levels. We also encourage researchers to share the results of scientific research with society so we can achieve more collectively and increase the university’s contribution to society. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who subscribes to the values above and in addition meets the requirements below:

  • You hold a PhD in social or behavioural science and have broad experience with research in the field of youth as shown in academic publications.
  • Your research line and expertise align with the specific research domain. You have experience in setting up and coordinating academic courses (both individually and within a team) in the field of the social sciences.
  • You are able to provide inspiring lectures and have an eye for the improvement of teaching methods as evidenced by positive teaching assessments.
  • You have experience in team/community building and the soft competencies to build a research domain where sharing, contributing and collaborating within and beyond academia is the norm.
  • You hold a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire this qualification at our University in the near future. You find more information about BKO at (Senior) University Teaching Qualification - Centre for Academic Teaching and Learning - Utrecht University (
  • You have good command of written and spoken Dutch and English.

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team. We will guide you in your research and teaching tasks, which will help you develop your academic career. 
We offer a position for a period of 1 year (1.0 FTE). After a positive evaluation, the appointment will become permanent.
  • Salary will range - depending on previous qualifications and experience - from a minimum of €3,821 to a maximum of €5,943 gross per month based on full-time employment (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).
  • The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • We also offer an employer-paid pension scheme.
We encourage you to grow professionally, and we support a healthy work-life balance. That’s why we offer employment benefits such as professional development, leave arrangements and partially paid parental leave.


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 for research and academic teaching in Cultural Anthropology, Educational Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Science, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. We are a faculty at the heart of society and one which cooperates closely with others. Our almost 6,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. We have approximately 900 faculty and staff members, who all work closely together to educate and train young talent and to research and find solutions to scientific and societal issues. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies. The group culture is open, supportive, and collaborative.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences aspires to have a diverse body of staff and students and strives to create and sustain a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, in line with Utrecht University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3821—€5943 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1188531



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