Postdoctoral researcher 'EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question'

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

Publication date
30 July 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,545 to €4,852 gross per month
Closing date
30 September 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

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We invite applications for a two-year Postdoctoral researcher position to work on the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) Vici project (2018-2023) EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question, lead by principal investigator Dr Sarah Bracke.

Project description

EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question is a 5 year research project, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, which has the following objectives. First, to further explore and conceptualize debates on Islam in Europe in terms of 'Europe’s Muslim Question', which implies a shift of analytical and methodological focus from ‘the other’ (Islam and Muslims) to the ‘European self’. Second, to ground this exploration in the ana'ytical and empirical terrains of gender and sexuality, which implies further unpacking of how gender and sexuality function as privileged terrains upon which the problematization of Islam and Muslims in Europe occur, as well as exploring the effects of the Muslim Question upon existing regimes of gender and sexuality.

While the project at large includes a critical empirical dimension, you will mostly do conceptual work. This conceptual dimension of the project encompasses three lines of inquiry, upon which gender and sexuality as analytical categories will be brought to bear, namely

  1. how to conceptualize the problematization of Islam and Muslims in Europe;
  2. how to understand the resonances and differences between this problematization and Europe’s Jewish Question; and
  3. how to further think and account for the entanglement of race and religion in Europe.

You will contribute significantly to at least one and possibly two of these lines of inquiry, as well as to the research project at large.

We expect you to:

  • do conceptual work that engages with, and covers (a substantial) part of, the lines of inquiry mentioned above;
  • engage gender and sexuality as categories of analysis;
  • cooperate closely with the PI and contribute to the project management;
  • present work to an (inter)national audience of academics;
  • participate in conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scholarly activities;
  • write three or four articles to be published in international peer-reviewed journals.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in a relevant discipline (or interdisciplinary field) within the Social Sciences or Humanities (such as Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, History, Critical Theory, etc.), who has a demonstrable interest in the topic of the project. You should be able to do conceptual work (notably on the conceptual entanglement of race and religion within a European context, as well as the role of gender and sexuality within that entanglement), and will do so in close collaboration with the PI. You should also expect to be involved in the management of the project and to work together with other researchers on the project (and within the international networks the projects participates to). We expect you to possess strong research and writing skills and an excellent command of English, as well as good working knowledge of at least one other language that will be used in the empirical part of the project (Dutch, German or French).

Further information

You may obtain additional information about the vacancy from:


The starting date will be between 1 November 2018 and 1 January 2019. The appointment will be full-time (38 hours per week) for a period of two years. Based on a full-time position, the gross monthly salary will range between €3,545 and €4,852 (scale 11), depending on qualifications and experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year allowance of 8.3%, in conformity with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Interested? You may request further documentation related to the EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question project by sending an email to the principal investigator.

Applications must include, in a single PDF file:

  1. a motivation letter (cover letter) of max. 2 pages;
  2. a Curriculum Vitae;
  3. a research proposal (max. 1500 words, excluding bibliography) which clearly shows the theoretical approach and expertise you might contribute to the project and more specifically the lines of inquiry mentioned above. For all clarity, your proposal does not have to engage with all three lines of inquiry. Rather, you should make clear what part of these lines of inquiry you could cover. The research proposal should include a concise theoretical frame work and methodological approach.
  4. two names and contact details of referees who might be contacted in case you selected for an interview.

All correspondence will be in English. Your application must be sent as e-mail attachment to no later than 30 September 2018. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text: 'MUSLIMQUESTION application + applicant's last name'. #LI-DNP

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