Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Afd. Culturele Antropologie
Application deadline: 

Job description

The position is embedded within the section Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It contains a combination of teaching (70%) and research (30%).

We are a growing, dynamic department with a special focus on political anthropology. We expect your work to complement and strengthen our existing research interests and to contribute to the departmental research programme Sovereignty and Social Contestation. Within the broad field of political anthropology, we have a preference for applicants working on human mobility, the environment and climate change, and/or their intersection. The geographic area of expertise is open, and we will encourage the initiation of new research projects. You will teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Because our undergraduate programme is mostly in Dutch, you will have a commitment to learning and teaching in Dutch. We are firmly committed to strengthening sociocultural and gendered diversity within our team. Therefore candidates who may contribute to this in the broadest possible sense are especially encouraged to apply.


  • The candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses, preferably in several of the following areas: the anthropology of globalization, the anthropology of human mobility, political and urban anthropology, and ethnographic research methods. Candidates are also required to supervise Bachelor's and Master's theses. Courses are taught in Dutch and English.
  • The candidate will contribute to and supervise research within the scope of the research programme.
  • The candidate will make an effort to acquire substantial external research funding within the scope of the research programme.


We are looking for a candidate who:

  • has finished a PhD on a relevant topic within the disciplinary field of social and cultural anthropology;
  • is able to translate research/anthropological experience into teaching and research innovations;
  • has experience to coordinate academic courses and teach (in a team and alone) with positive evaluations;
  • has experience with conducting qualitative and ethnographic research within the context of the research programme Sovereignty and Social Contestation;
  • preferably has experience with acquiring external (personal) research funds;
  • has a promising publication record as shown by international, peer-reviewed publications;
  • has a strong commitment to teaching and thesis supervision in graduate and undergraduate courses and provides education in an inspiring way;
  • is able to meet the requirements of a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO);
  • is willing to learn Dutch (in case of a non-native speaker in Dutch). We expect a relevant level of competence within two years of taking up the appointment.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for a period of one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be made permanent. You will be required to start on 1 September 2021, earlier if possible. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746 and €5,826 (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

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 providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 6,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.

Additional information

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Prof Rebecca Bryant by e-mail:

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Are you interested? An application consists of a c.v., motivation letter and three writings samples, preferably publications. Please use the 'apply' button below. 

Online interviews are planned for mid-May 2021.
Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, the interviews may take place online.

The application deadline is 15 April 2021.