PhD Position : Translating Trans* Rights Transnationally, Radboud University, Nimègue, Pays-Bas

Publié le 5 avril 2017 par Institut du Genre

Job description

As a PhD candidate, you will contribute to an ERC-funded project called TRANSRIGHTS, led by Dr Sofia Aboim at the Lisbon University ( For this ERC project you will conduct interviews with trans* people and with professionals working with trans* people in year one.

You will develop a research project on the topic of diffusion and contestation as regards trans* rights. Trans* rights have reached national and European political agendas in a surprisingly short time. However, in spite of widespread support, trans* rights do not yet constitute a well-regulated and coherent set of norms. This is not only due to a lack of consensus in the trans* community as to their demands, relating to their complex and diverging forms of self-identification (resisting or defending the binary categories of femininity and masculinity) but also has to do with differing legal, political and medical institutional contexts. Furthermore, opposition does not just come from conservative political actors, organized religion, and science because neither LGB nor feminist communities have uniform positions on trans* issues. These observations make trans* rights an ideal topic for analysing multilevel processes of norm diffusion and contestation.

As far as methods are concerned, you should be eager to use a qualitative research approach. Whilst developing your PhD project, you will need to further develop your knowledge about gender theories and theories on norm diffusion. In addition to research, you will have limited teaching responsibilities (in year 3).


- a Master’s degree in Political Science, Political Sociology, Gender Studies, Anthropology or a related social science discipline ;
- a deep understanding of gender scholarship ;
- a solid background in qualitative methodology (especially interviewing, process tracing, text analysis and analysing qualitative data) ;
- affinity with trans* communities and persons ;
- excellent communication skills and an ability to engage effectively with societal stakeholders ;
- excellent writing skills, as evidenced by a writing sample such as a chapter from your Master’s thesis or a (forthcoming or published) article or presented conference paper ;
- excellent command of English (in order to participate in international conferences and seminars and to publish internationally) ;
- excellent command of Dutch (in order to conduct empirical research in the Netherlands).

Conditions of employment

you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be then extended by 2.5 years
- you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).
the gross starting salary amounts to €2,191 per month, and will increase to €2,801 in the fourth year (P scale) ;
The preferred starting date is 1 June 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.

Nijmegen School of Management
The Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) is an academic centre of research and higher learning, focusing on institutional and managerial issues within complex organisations in both the public and private domain. The NSM strives for a multidisciplinary approach whenever possible. Altogether, the NSM employs 220 full-time staff, of whom 75% are academics. Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are offered in seven fields of study. The educational programme is based on a system of small-scale teaching and provides a stimulating learning environment with an emphasis on the development of academic skills. The Nijmegen School of Management has about 3,000 students.

The NSM’s research activities are governed by the Institute for Management Research (IMR), which has the equivalent of 80 full-time staff members. It focuses on fundamental and applied research on the development, design and effectiveness of the public and private structures that regulate, govern or manage human interaction. The IMR’s research has six ‘hot spots’ or multidisciplinary groups of research. The above-mentioned project is closely related to, and part of, research carried out within the department of Political Science and the hot spot of Gender and Power in Politics and Management. This hot spot contributes to the creation of new knowledge for society, by discovering and changing crucial elements of gender, diversity and inequality mechanisms. The hot spot’s multidisciplinary approach sheds new light on core questions of gender and power in politics and management. It explores formal and informal processes that play a crucial role in sustaining or changing (gendered) inequalities in politics, policies and in the workplace.

No commercial propositions please.

Additional information
Prof. dr. Anna van der Vleuten, intended first supervisor
+ 31 24 3612330

Prof. dr. Mieke Verloo, intended second supervisor
+31 24 3615634 ;