PhD Candidate: Doing Gender Studies in Changing Political Climates


Radboud University

  • Career category:Research/ Data analysis
  • Job type:PhD
  • Experience level:0-5 years
  • Organisation type:Research
  • Remote option:No
  • Right to work requirements:Anyone can apply
  • Salary: € 2770-3539 / monthly
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Deadline:15/04/2024
  • Location:Netherlands
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Radboud University
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Are you excited about gender studies research? And would you like to join a vibrant, interdisciplinary feminist research environment? Radboud Gender & Diversity Studies is looking for a PhD Candidate who will develop their own project on the political and institutional working conditions of gender studies scholars in the Netherlands.

Gender studies (and related fields) currently exist in a space of heightened visibility and scrutiny from actors within as well as outside of academia, given rising concerns about academic freedom and social safety on campus, debates about what constitutes ‘proper’ science, changing perceptions of academic authority, as well as an increasing global backlash against progressive gender politics. The PhD project builds on a long tradition of feminist scholarship on the political and institutional conditions of doing gender studies, and the production, policing and mobilisation of feminist knowledge. It aims to investigate how academics in the Dutch gender studies environment currently experience and make sense of their role as producers and disseminators of (often devalued) knowledge, and how they understand and navigate the political aspects of their research, teaching and service. The project will pay specific attention to how such experiences are shaped by academics’ embedding; for example, do they work in a gender studies department and/or in a mainstream research and teaching environment?

We invite you to develop your own research proposal, detailing how you would approach studying this topic. In this proposal, you may formulate your own research questions and choose your own theoretical lens, methodology and empirical material. We encourage you to mobilise your academic field-specific strengths in your envisioned project, but we are primarily interested in projects that utilise qualitative or mixed methods, and projects that focus on the local conditions that shape Dutch gender studies academics’ experiences.  

Besides conducting and disseminating your research, and writing your PhD thesis, your responsibilities will include teaching for the Gender & Diversity Studies department.


  • You have or are about to obtain a Master’s or Research Master’s degree in the Social Sciences or Humanities with demonstrable knowledge of gender studies and/or related fields.
  • You have demonstrable knowledge of qualitative research methods that are relevant to your proposal.
  • You have a demonstrable interest in the role of power and politics in academia.
  • You have an excellent command of spoken and written English (Dutch is an advantage).
  • You are proactive and can work independently as well as in a team.
    We specifically encourage candidates who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in academia to apply. 

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