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Assistant Professor of Comparative Religious Studies

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (RU). Nijmegen (Niederlande), 19.04.2017

Assistant Professor of Comparative Religious Studies


Function types
Scientific fields
Job number
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Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
Behaviour and Society
30.4 hours per week
Radboud University

Job description

As an Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion you will teach courses at all levels in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Religious Studies, and also in other study programmes offered at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies or in the Humanities. You will primarily teach Asian Religions and New Religious Movements. Your duties also include individual supervision and tutoring of students (e.g. students who are writing their Bachelor’s or Master’s theses or doing internships).

Furthermore, you will be involved in the development of education provided by the Chair Group of Comparative Religion. You will conduct research in line with the research theme of Religion and the Crisis of Meaning, which is part of the faculty’s research programme. In this context the Chair Group of Comparative Religion focuses on research on the themes of death, ritual and religiosity/spirituality. You will closely collaborate with your fellow researchers in the chair group and in the research programme. In addition, you will be involved in further developing the research line and acquiring externally funded research projects.

  • PhD in Religious Studies or a related discipline;
  • research preferably conducted in East Asia or fieldwork on New Religious Movements;
  • a track record of publications in leading international journals matching the duration of your professional experience since your PhD;
  • publications on one or more Asian religions and/or New Religious Movements in line with the theme of the research programme ’Religion and the Crisis of Meaning’;
  • knowledgeable about Asian Religions and/or New Religious Movements and their influence in the Western world, preferably also about New Religious Movements influenced by Asian Religions;
  • a Junior University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or equivalent, or willing to obtain such within two years;
  • university teaching experience in the study of religion at various levels;
  • initial experience with individual supervision of students preparing BA or MA theses;
  • international orientation proven by participation in international academic networks and/or international educational experience;
  • contribution to general public debates based on your academic expertise;
  • excellent teaching and communication skills and ease in working with colleagues and students;
  • excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English (C2 level), or ability to acquire this level within one year (for English) or two years (for Dutch);
  • the ability to acquire external funding for research.
Conditions of employment

- depending on your profile, you will be offered a tenure track position with extension after two or four years
- you will initially be appointed as an Assistant Professor, Level 2 (salary scale 11). At the end of the tenure track appointment, on condition of a positive evaluation, you will receive a permanent tenure. This tenure may take the form of an Assistant Professorship Level 1 (salary scale 12) or, in case of an excellent performance and an appropriate CV, of an Associate Professorship.
the minimum salary is € 3,427 per month on a full-time basis, the maximum salary is € 5,330 (scale 11 or 12)
Radboud University’s policy is aimed at increasing the number of women in academic staff positions. Female candidates are therefore explicitly invited to apply.

Start date: no later than 1 September 2017.
Contract type: Temporary,


Radboud University
Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies has about 140 staff. The Faculty’s research institute conducts multidisciplinary research and its teaching institute provides discipline-oriented study programmes to approximately 600 students. Research and education are integrated in the Faculty’s ten chair groups.
Responsibility and solidarity are essential values within the Faculty’s culture as they determine collaborative and social behaviour.

No commercial propositions please.

Additional information
Prof. dr. Eric Venbrux
+31 24 3611741 ; ;