Academic jobs in Dutch university opened to female candidates only 

The Eindhoven University of Technology hopes this measure will boost the gender balance in its staff.

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The Eindhoven University of Technology has decided to open academic positions only to women in order to improve the gender balance on its permanent staff.

Vacancies will be opened up to members of the opposite sex if a suitable candidate is not found within six months.

Additionally, the entire scheme will be revised after 18 months. The university added that newcomers will also be given a starter package that will include €100,000, to be used for their own research and mentoring programmes.

Details from the story:

  • The university assumes it will have around 150 positions to fill in the next years.  
  • University rector Frank Baaijens affirmed that this decision was taken because measures already in place to incentivise women’s participation are not giving the wished results.
  • Currently only 16% of full professors are women. 

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