Student Assistant Position - Contesting Governance Group

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The Contesting Governance Platform within the Strategic Theme of Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) seeks to hire a student assistant who can commit to one day per week for a period of six months. The position will start January 1 2023.

The primary responsibility of the student assistant will be setting up a series on interdisciplinarity, in both research and education. This involves a set of events that allow scholars to explore with interdisciplinarity and to capture their divergent experiences. We are specifically keen to develop creative sessions, such as games, and are therefore looking for someone with a creative mind, on top of excellent organizational skills and an interest in interdisciplinarity. In addition, the student assistant will also be asked to assist in the running of the platform, and organization of events.


  • You are currently enrolled as a student at Utrecht University, in a Master's degree that is relevant to one of the themes addressed by the Contesting Governance group;

  • You have experience with interdisciplinarity;

  • An excellent command of spoken and written English;

  • A professional attitude and behavior that includes reliability, a pro-active mindset, integrity, precision, good communication skills and collegiality;

  • Organizational skills and ability to operate independently;

  • Enthusiasm!

Applications (in English) can be sent by email by no later than 17h00 by November 18 to Katharine Fortin and Tessa Diphoorn at Please include your CV and a cover letter, explaining your suitability for, and interest in, the position. Write “Contesting Governance Student Assistant” in the header of your email and clearly label all documents with your first and last names. You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

Candidates with a background underrepresented in Dutch academia are encouraged to apply for this position. For information about the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy of the University see: