Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Migration and Intergroup Relations (Utrecht University)

Assistant Professor in Migration and Intergroup Relations

We are looking for an inspiring new faculty member with an expertise in research on discrimination, radicalisation or polarisation? Apply now!


We are looking for an inspiring new faculty member to expand our academic staff in the ‘Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations’ programme (ERCOMER) of the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University.

Your job
The programme Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations is concerned with research on inclusion and exclusion of immigrants, both from the immigrant perspective as well as from origin and destination country perspectives. This includes a wide range of topics, such as group identities, intergroup attitudes, nationalism and right-wing radicalism, discrimination, immigrants’ structural, social and political inclusion, dynamics in the first years after migration, religiosity and transnationalism. We examine these questions in the general population but also in specific settings, such as in schools, neighbourhoods and organisations, drawing mostly on quantitative methods.

The position contains a standard combination of teaching activities (60%) and research activities (40%), preferably starting no later than September 2024.

The core tasks will include:

  • creating your own research programme, preferably on the topic of discrimination, polarisation or radicalisation, or another topic in the field with which you contribute expertise to the current research group;
  • performing quantitative empirical research, preferably also bringing new expertise to both the research group and into the curriculum;
  • carrying out research within the scope of the programme on Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations and publishing internationally and nationally within the relevant domain;
  • translating and communicating research findings and scientific insights to different types of audiences, including scientific, professional and community audiences;
  • independently teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in the curriculum of Interdisciplinary Social Science;
  • educational management, including the coordination of courses at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level, coordinating educational (innovation) projects.


We believe in a balance between individual and collective achievements. That’s why we assess both individual and team performances. We stimulate academic leadership at all levels and encourage staff members to share the results of scientific research with society in order to contribute to societal change.

We are searching for an enthusiastic colleague who recognises themself in the abovementioned values and who meets the requirements below:

  • You hold (or have nearly obtained) a PhD degree in the domain of behavioural or social science, or a related field, within the scope of the programme on Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations.
  • You have elaborate expertise in advanced quantitative research and data analysis methods.
  • You have experience in teaching academic courses.
  • You hold a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.
  • Your spoken and written English is fluent at an academic level.
  • You show scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in (inter)national peer-reviewed journals.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written Dutch or willing to learn Dutch. We offer free Dutch language courses. Teaching in Dutch will be part of your tasks (in due course).


We offer:

  • an employment contract for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent employment contract;
  • a working week of 32 to 40 hours and a gross monthly salary between €4,332 and €6,737 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 11, 12 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.
More information can be found here.