Gepubliceerd op 22-03-2023

Assistant Professor of International, Political and/or Social History – Radboud University

Job description

Today’s world requires critical thinkers. People who can define new directions for research and teaching that respond to the changes and challenges of our times. As Assistant Professor of Political and/or Social History at Radboud University, you will join a diverse group of dedicated scholars, shape the field of history, and flourish in a friendly and vibrant academic community.

The Political History expertise group is welcoming applications from specialists in (early) modern political and/or social history who can strengthen and complement our profile and reputation in research and teaching and in terms of societal impact.

As an assistant professor you will be part of the Department of History, Art History and Classics and participate at all levels of its educational programme, both in Dutch and English. You will provide education for the Dutch and English BA programmes in History, in Political History courses as well as in general courses. At the Master’s degree level, you will participate in the Dutch taught specialisations Geschiedenis & Actualiteit and Politiek & Parlement, as well as in the Research Master’s programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies. You will supervise students writing their papers and theses, participate in educational support activities such as tutoring, and actively contribute to the development of the curriculum.

Your research will be embedded in the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). You should be a productive and active researcher who is able to develop research projects and to write, publish and collaborate on themes that contribute to the central questions of one or more RICH research groups and of the Political History expertise group. You will seek external funding and will be active in publish engagement activities. You will participate in working groups, committees and/or project groups within the department, programme or faculty.

60% of your working time will be allocated to teaching (including management tasks) and 40% to research.


  • You are a candidate with an (almost) completed PhD in History and expertise in the fields of international, political and/or social history.
  • You have ambition and talent for advanced research, as evidenced by publications, funding applications, initiatives and an international network of academic contacts.
  • You are a team player, able to establish innovative connections with other staff members of the expertise group and beyond (in both research and teaching).
  • You are an inspiring lecturer with an articulate teaching philosophy, several years of teaching experience including thesis supervision, in Dutch and English, and you are able to contribute to curriculum development.
  • You have a university teaching qualification (UTQ) or an equivalent qualification, or are prepared to obtain a UTQ within two years (*).
  • You are in possession of a Cambridge Certificate in English or  equivalent, or you are committed to obtaining such a certificate  (*).
  • You have demonstrable experience in reaching out to non-academic audiences.

(*) For these qualifications and certifications, we provide the necessary infrastructure and resources to acquire them.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 or 18 months, with permanent employment after positive evaluation.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 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 11 or 12).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 12 or 18 months, with permanent employment after positive evaluation.
  • 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.


The Faculty of Arts is committed to knowledge production that will have 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.

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!

Additional information

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Carla Hoetink, Assistant Professor in Political History at 024 361 62 79 or carla.hoetink@ru.nl. Alternatively, you can contact Prof. Dr. Wim van Meurs, Chair in Political History at 024 361 18 11 or wim.vanmeurs@ru.nl.
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