Dean Faculty of Science

Ref: 5150

Radboud University

Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Role Managed by:

Rahel Kessler

Research Associate

t: +31 202 409 344


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 30/06/2021

At Radboud University, everybody wants to get the best out of science, others, and themselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration, and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

The Faculty of Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen seeks to appoint a new Dean who will be the academic leader of the Faculty both internally and externally.

The Faculty of Science is one of seven faculties at Radboud University Nijmegen, and home to a rich and inspiring blend of disciplines: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and computing science. The Faculty combines excellent research with outstanding education and strives to be an important player in the global science arena. Home to 3,000 students, the Faculty consists of an active and diverse academic community where about 1,000 Dutch and international staff members are driven by curiosity and commitment to have a significant impact on tackling grand societal challenges. The Faculty is led by a Faculty Board, comprised of the Dean, two Vice-Deans, the Director of Operations, and is supported by the Faculty Secretary. The Student Assessors serve as advising members of the Faculty Board.

Job description

As Dean, you hold final responsibility for the Faculty’s education, research, societal impact, and operations portfolios, and act as the representative of the Faculty to both students and employees as well as external stakeholders. You provide leadership and guidance to the Faculty to fulfil its ambitions. As Dean, you have a broad interest in the various disciplines of the FNWI. In addition, you stimulate the active promotion of diversity and inclusive culture within the Faculty. The Dean serves as the linking pin between the Executive Board and the Faculty and is responsible for translating and shaping university-wide policy within the Faculty. Together with the deans of the six other faculties, you form the Board of Deans of Radboud University, which is an important consultative and advisory body for the Executive Board.

Person specifications

With a proven track record as a senior academic leader and manager, you are a team player who will lead and guide the Faculty through a period of growth and will create cohesion in an effective and sustainable way. As the leading representative of the Faculty to both internal and external stakeholders, you build beneficial partnerships across the University and beyond. The Dean is committed to strengthen the unity of the Faculty, and actively promotes a constructive and open culture. You communicate openly, clearly, and convincingly. You show an interest in and appreciation for the qualities of students and staff and value the importance of a constructive working relationship with the Faculty’s participational body.

The ideal candidate:

  • is a scientist with an excellent reputation in one of the scientific fields of our faculty and has a proven ability to stimulate collaboration and create synergy across disciplinary borders;
  • Is a team player and has demonstrable leadership skills, with experience in administration and management, and is able to develop and shape a strategic vision for the Faculty;
  • has passion for academic education, research, and impact;
  • is outward facing and builds bridges with the outside world by initiating strategic partnerships at multiple levels;
  • has a relevant (inter)national network and a clear vision for strengthening the position of the Faculty;
  • is open-minded, shows initiative, and communicates concisely and effectively. The Dean can unite people towards a shared goal, resolve issues conclusively where necessary, and stand behind decisions taken;
  • has a demonstrable affinity with diversity and inclusion and promotes a positive and professional working environment in which employees and students can flourish;
  • has an excellent command of spoken and written Dutch and English.

Terms of Employment

The position is offered on a fulltime basis for a period of four years, with the possibility of one extension. The Dean is appointed by the Executive Board as a Full Professor. The maximum monthly salary will be €10.106 on the basis of full-time work, with a further leadership supplement of 8% of maximum scale 18. Salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% of annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of annual salary per year.

Additional information

Additional information can be downloaded from at, quoting reference 5150. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on or +31 (0)20 240 9344.

How to apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 5150. Applications should consist of a cover letter addressing motivation and suitability against the person specification and a full curriculum vitae.

The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on Wednesday 30th June.

Applications will be considered by the Appointment Advisory Committee in early July. Perrett Laver will conduct preliminary discussions with longlisted candidates, and the Committee will then meet to decide on a shortlist of candidates in mid-August 2021. These individuals will subsequently be invited for informal sessions and formal interviews in late August. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate will take place thereafter.

A screening and an (optional) assessment are part of the process.


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