Gepubliceerd op 23-12-2021

Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st Century Art History

The History of Art section of Radboud University is looking for an assistant professor (universitair docent) in 20th and 21st century art history, with (additional) expertise in art and visual culture beyond Europe and the United States. As an assistant professor you will be part of the Art History section of the department of History, Art History and Classics at the Faculty of Arts and participate in its educational programme on all levels.

You are an inspiring teacher with a strong international research profile who demonstrates a global perspective on current academic and societal developments. You will be teaching BA and MA courses in modern and contemporary art and art theory (in Dutch and English); supervise students, participate in educational support activities such as tutoring; and actively contribute to the development of the curriculum. You will be closely involved with the organisation of the History of Art programme and assist in shaping its future trajectories. Your research will be embedded in the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). You are a productive and active researcher who will contribute to RICH research groups and RICH in general. You will seek external funding and will be active in public engagement activities. You will cooperate with academic staff in research activities and will participate in committees and/or project groups within the department, programme or faculty.

In this position a standard part of your working hours is reserved for teaching (incl. administrative tasks) and for research (excl. additional research funding). The current balance for assistant professors is 60%-40%.

The Faculty of the Arts at Radboud University is committed to diversity and inclusivity. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially invited to apply.


  • You hold a PhD in 20th / 21st century art history.
  • You have (an additional) expertise in art, art theory and visual culture of the global south.
  • You have a track record of international high-profile scholarly publications.
  • You have a national and international network of contacts in academia as well as in the museum world and the ambition to fulfil a leadership position in your field.
  • You have teaching experience and a strong teaching philosophy.
  • You are a team player who is able to establish innovative connections with other staff members in research and teaching.
  • You have a formal university teaching qualification (UTQ), or are committed and able to obtain one within two years.
  • Dutch is your native language, or you demonstrate your commitment to mastering the Dutch language by obtaining C1 level within 18 months.
  • You hold a Cambridge Certificate (CPE2 level) in English or equivalent, or you are committed to obtaining this certificate in the near future.


Fixed-term contract: 1 or 1.5 years.

  • Employment for 0.8 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,807 and a maximum of €5,922 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 or 12).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • It concerns a temporary contract for an initial period of 1 year or 1,5 year depending on your background. Upon a positive performance evaluation at the end of this period, the contract may be converted into a permanent one.
  • 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 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions 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 Faculty of Arts is committed to knowledge production with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration between the disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximatively 2,500 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills that will be assets to our study programmes and research profiles.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Hanneke Grootenboer, Professor in History of Art at or hanneke.grootenboer@ru.nl.


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