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11 May 31 May Nijmegen

Job description

The Department of Islam Studies is looking for a new assistant professor of Islamic Traditions and Contemporary Politics to strengthen the Department’s research and teaching in the field of Islam, politics and society. We are specifically interested in an expert who is specialised in the way contemporary political-religious movements incorporate Islamic sources and Islamic traditions.

In its teaching and research efforts, the Department of Islam Studies particularly focuses on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Islam in Europe. These geographical areas currently witness major transformations in the religious, political and social spheres and show a variety of religious and political currents. We therefore wish to increase our expertise in the ways contemporary religious and socio-political movements are informed by Islamic sources and how they interpret, use and transform Islamic traditions in interaction with other traditions and Western culture and politics.

Your employment will consist of 50% teaching, 45% research and 5% management tasks. As far as teaching is concerned, you will be asked to give introductory courses on Islam, courses on Islamic textual sources and contemporary Islamic movements at BA and MA levels (BA level in Dutch). We expect an excellent command of Arabic. We prefer a native speaker of Arabic in order to improve the speaking skills of our students but also encourage applicants with other important languages of the Islamic world to apply for this vacancy.

Your research will be embedded in the Center for Religion and Contemporary Society (CRCS). Ideally, you have a broad international network and possess a publication record appropriate for your career stage. Our Department has a strong track record in attracting funds. In keeping with that tradition, you have developed concrete plans for future research. You will be assisted by your new colleagues in developing your own grant proposals with an eye to generating your own line of research and setting up your own research team.

We are looking for a versatile teacher and researcher, who, within a few years, will have become an internationally recognised voice in his/her own field and, at the same time, will contribute to the definition of our Department’s future course and orientation. You should be cooperative and open-minded and not shy back from administrative tasks. The appointment is initially for 0.6 FTE but your remit may be expanded in due course. Our faculty’s career policy also defines the conditions for promotion to higher levels of professorship.


  • A completed PhD and scientific publications on a relevant theme in contemporary politics and Islamic studies.
  • Teaching experience in the field of Islamic studies, and/or Middle Eastern studies at BA and MA levels.
  • Involvement in societal debates about the role of Islam in contemporary society.
  • Proficiency in Dutch (C1 level) and English (C2 level) or willingness to achieve these levels within two years.
  • You are preferably in possession of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) or are willing to obtain such a qualification within two years.
  • Excellent command of Arabic and preferably native speaker of Arabic. Knowledge of other languages of the Islamic world would be an asset.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: depending on your CV, we offer a tenure-track position of 2 to 4 years, which, after positive evaluation, may be made permanent;.

  • Employment: 0.6 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,746 and a maximum of €5,826 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 or 12).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: depending on your CV, we offer a tenure-track position of 2 to 4 years, which, after positive evaluation, may be made permanent.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • The faculty has interesting staff and promotion policies and provides active career monitoring. Where possible, we take into account talent and ambitions, development and personal circumstances. If you would like to know more, please contact personnel advisor Ms W. (Willy) Groenen:
  • 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.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.


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Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

The Department of Islam Studies consists of a small interdisciplinary team of teachers and researchers. Islam Studies is a BA and MA track of Religious Studies and offers courses on Islam, politics and society. The Department of Islam Studies particularly focuses on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Islam in Europe.

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies is a compact, ambitious organisation with approximately 160 staff and nearly 900 students from the Netherlands and abroad. Our educational programme includes several top-notch degree programmes and has both in-depth disciplinary fields of study and interdisciplinary and interfaculty studies. The faculty has innovative education and research programmes with a strong focus on current social issues.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Karin van Nieuwkerk, Chair Islamstudies
Tel.: +3124 361 28 89
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