Postdoc Generational Dynamics among Christian Migrant Youth in the Netherlands

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 03 May 2024

2 Apr 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Language sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

3 May 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Center for Theology of Migration is looking for a postdoc researcher who will explore the dynamics between first-generation migrant Christians and second or third-generation migrant Christian youth, studying the factors influencing relations between them as well as their respective identities and sense of belonging. This research aims to support young Christian migrants as they navigate and develop their cultural, religious, and professional identities, and to establish a ground for intergenerational conversations

Your duties

  • undertake independent research on intergenerational dynamics among Christian migrants in the Netherlands and realize international peer-reviewed publications
  • participate in the team of the Center for Theology of Migration and assist in its further developments
  • develop and maintain a network of Christian migrant communities, researchers, and relevant organizations
  • transfer research output into societal impact, including guest lectures, workshops, and public symposiums for interested parties

Specific Requirements
  • a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., anthropology of religion, sociology of religion, psychology of religion, or practical theology with a focus on empirical approaches
  • expertise in researching and working with migrant churches in the Netherlands
  • excellent command of English
  • the ability to work within a team as well as work independently

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

  • a salary of minimum € 3.226,00 (Scale 10) and maximum € 5.929,00 (Scale 11) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Researcher 3, Researcher 4. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for 0.4 FTE. Your employment contract will initially last 2 year. Afterwards, the possibility of expansion exists.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:

  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application: upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter, a mini-research proposal in which you specify how you plan to appropriate the outlined research topic (1–2 pages), and two reference letters from migrant church leaders in the Netherlands.

Submitting a diploma and a reference check are part of the application process.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1105

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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