1 PhD candidate and 1 PhD candidate/Postdoctoral researcher - Norface project “CRITEVENTS”

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

3 juli 2017
€2,222 to €4,757 gross per month
1 augustus 2017
38 hours per week

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) is the largest social-science educational and research institution in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves around 9,000 students in numerous Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, International Development Studies and Educational Sciences. The academic staff is employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,200 employees at the Faculty, located in a number of buildings in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Department of Sociology is one of the Departments in the FMG. Research and education are carried out by special institutes. The College of Social Sciences (CSS) and the Graduate School for the Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the social sciences. Research takes place under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute, the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands and possibly in Europe. The broad scope and pluralism of our education and research programmes are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalisation.

The Department of Sociology and the AISSR are seeking PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers to work on the project ‘Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality: Risk, Vulnerability, and Cumulative Disadvantage’’ (2017-2020), for which a research consortium led by Thomas Leopold, Associate Professor of Sociology at the UvA, has been awarded € 1,5 million by the European Commission via an ERA-NET Cofund grant. The project will be carried out as a transnational research programme involving four institutions: University of Amsterdam, University of Oxford, Stockholm University, and University of Lausanne.

Project description

The project studies the impact of two critical life events – job loss and union dissolution – on the life trajectories of adults and their children. We will examine two pathways through which these events may produce an accumulation of inequality over the life course: risk and vulnerability. Risk refers to social gradients in the likelihood of experiencing these events, whereas vulnerability refers to social gradients in the impact of these events on economic and noneconomic outcomes.

The project’s main objectives are to understand (1) how job loss and union dissolution contribute to the accumulation of (dis)advantage over the life course; (2) what mechanisms explain the (unequal) impact of these events; and (3) which work and family policies are effective in targeting these mechanisms in order to reduce inequality.

Work will be conducted within five research groups, all of which will apply comparable designs to the analysis of survey data and register data in five countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The groups will develop a common theoretical framework that specifies shared research goals and ensures a high level of integration between the countries throughout the project’s three-year duration. The cohesion of the project is fostered by a series of meetings and workshops in which all junior and senior members participate.

We offer two positions at the University of Amsterdam, one of which will focus on the analysis of German panel data (SOEP) and one of which will focus on the analysis of Dutch register data. Both positions involve project management tasks, in particular coordinating the comparative work across the research institutions. One of the positions will be filled by a PhD. The other is open to applicants at PhD and postdoctoral level. Successful applicants will work with the Amsterdam team consisting of Thomas Leopold, Thijs Bol, Matthijs Kalmijn, and Herman van de Werfhorst.


Successful applicants will have the following credentials:

  • a completed Research Master (for PhD candidates) or PhD (for postdoctoral researcher) in sociology, demography, or another relevant social science discipline;
  • statistical expertise and experience in analyses of large-scale data sets;
  • good skills in Stata and/or R;
  • good writing skills;
  • a good research and publication record relative to career stage;
  • experience with the analysis of complex survey data;
  • experience with the analysis of register data is a plus;
  • organisational and presentation skills (for postdoctoral position).

Further information

For further information regarding the research project, please send an email to:


The appointments will be 1.0 fte (38 hours/week) for a period of 3 years, starting on 1 September 2017. The initial appointment will be for 12 months (PhD positions) or 24 months (postdoctoral position). After positive evaluation the appointment will be extended by 24 months (PhD positions) or 12 months (postdoctoral position). For PhD positions, the appointment may be extended by a fourth year.

Based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, the gross monthly salary for PhD candidates will be €2,222 in the first year and €2,840 in the last year; for postdoctoral researchers it will range between €3,475 and €4,757 (scale 11) gross per month, 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 Employment Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications must include, in a single PDF file:

  1. a motivation letter (1 page);
  2. a CV including a list of publications;
  3. full grade list of the (Research) Master programme and Bachelor programme of graduation (only for applicants for the PhD positions);
  4. a list of two references familiar with the applicant’s academic work including their contact details.

Correspondence will be in English. Applications must be sent as e-mail attachments to application-soc-fmg@uva.nl no later than 1 August 2017. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text: “PhD CRITEVENTS + applicant's last name” or “Postdoc CRITEVENTS + applicant's last name”.

Interviews will be conducted on 15 August 2017, and decisions will be communicated to the applicants one day after the interviews or earlier. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam