PhD candidate in Sociology – ERC Project Family Complexity

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

Publication date
19 May 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,191 to €2,801 gross per month
Closing date
23 June 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) is the largest social-science educational and research institution in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves around 7,500 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 1,100 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 at the University of Amsterdam are looking for a PhD candidate to work on the project ‘FamilyComplexity: Intergenerational Reproduction and Solidarity in an Era of Family Complexity’ (2015-2020), for which Matthijs Kalmijn, Professor of Sociology at the UvA, has been awarded a € 2,5 million advanced grant by the European Research Council (ERC).

Project description

The ERC advanced project examines the consequences of family complexity for intergenerational reproduction, intergenerational relations, educational careers, and health and well-being. These issues will be analysed with newly collected large-scale multi-actor survey data as well as with register data from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). There is also room for more methodological themes relating to the quality of survey data and register data. The specific theme of the PhD project will be decided depending on the interests and qualities of the candidate and the other projects already going on.

Tasks include:

  • participate in the AISSR PhD programme;
  • conduct empirical research using relevant research methods;
  • write and complete a PhD dissertation within four years;
  • participate in international conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities;
  • work in a team on collective reports about the new survey;
  • contribute to teaching (10% of the time, upon availability).


Successful applicants will have the following credentials:

  • a completed Research Master in sociology, demography, epidemiology, or another relevant social science discipline;
  • a good record in quantitative research methods;
  • good writing skills;
  • a good research and publication record relative to career stage;
  • experience with the analysis of complex survey data;
  • experience with the collection of survey data and/or the development of questionnaires is a plus;
  • experience with participating in larger research projects;
  • ability to work in a team.

Further information

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


The appointment will be full-time (38 hours per week) and will last for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year). The position will start on 1 September 2017.

The gross monthly salary will range from €2,191 in the first year to €2,801 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in conformity with the Collective Labour 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;
  4. a list of two references familiar with the applicant’s academic work including their contact details.

Correspondence can be in Dutch or English. Applications must be sent as e-mail attachments to not later than 23 June 2017. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text: “Post-doc FamilyComplexity + applicant's last name” or “PhD FamilyComplexity + applicant's last name”. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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