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Wanted: RU/Radboudumc scientific and support staff holding a PhD

Are you an academic who has obtained a PhD and works as researcher/teacher or as a support staff member at Radboud University or Radboudumc? Are you willing to contribute to the culture of academia, together with colleagues from various scientific disciplines? Would you like to discuss about topics like recognitions and rewards, interdisciplinarity and internationalization? Do you share our vision that researchers/teachers and support staff should work together to improve academia? Then Radboud Young Academy is looking for you!

Kader 3We look for

We are looking for academics from the Radboud University or Radboudumc who:

  • At 20 October 2022 (Dies Natalis) have obtained a PhD between 2 and 8 years ago1.
  • Enjoy collaborating with colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Have ideas to improve academic culture and the university in general.
  • Like to contribute actively to science and education policy, societal impact, and science communication.

Members spend on average 0.05 fte on their Radboud Young Academy activities. Members’ line managers are asked to compensate members for this time investment in a bespoke manner.

1 This period may be extended by a maximum of two years due to a new child (12 months per child), illness, care for loved ones or medical specialist training (total time spent on training).

Kader 4We are

We are a diverse group of 25 academics having obtained their PhD, with different positions, including researchers/teachers and support staff, and representing every faculty. The representation of support staff members is very important to us. This makes Radboud Young Academy unique among university Young Academies in the Netherlands.

Since 2020, we have been working in overlapping teams which aim to raise awareness on important issues concerning research, education, societal impact, and science communication. Examples of current debates in which we are involved are: recognition and rewards, social safety and diversity, work-life balance and mental health, internationalization, Open Science, and valorization. Furthermore, we aim to stimulate new interdisciplinary scientific interactions. Of course, we are very open to and interested in new ideas.

We offer

A Radboud Young Academy membership broadens both your academic view and network, due to intensive collaboration with colleagues from various disciplines. You are given the opportunity to contribute to academia and all (young) academics of the Radboud University and Radboudumc by expressing your thoughts and ideas and translating them into action, facilitated by our existing infrastructure. In general members are appointed for 4 years, but this can be shorter in case of a temporary contract with the Radboud University or Radboudumc.

Would you like more information?

For more information about a Radboud Young Academy membership and/or the selection procedure, please contact: Moniek Riemersma, coordinator Radboud Young Academy.
Email: youngacademy@ru.nl

Apply directly

If you would like to become a member, please apply and send us the following two documents:

  • A letter of motivation, explaining (500 words maximum):
    • Why you would like to become a member of the Radboud Young Academy.
    • What ideas you have to contribute to the Radboud Young Academy.
  • A narrative CV, including (500 words maximum):
    • Academic profile (in a broad sense).
    • Most important experience concerning science policy, societal impact, interdisciplinarity, and/or science communication.

Please send your application (in English or Dutch) by email, no later than 15 August 2022, to youngacademy@ru.nl.

We are strongly committed to diversity within the Radboud Young Academy. Diversity aspects that will positively be taken into account during the selection procedure include gender identity, ethnicity, origin, academic profile, scientific background, and career.

A maximum of 16 candidates will be invited for an interview, which will be scheduled in September. Selected candidates will start officially in week 42 (17 – 21 October).