PhD candidate in Sociology

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

Publication date
6 June 2017
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
5 July 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Department of Sociology is one of the Departments in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (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 PhD candidate will be appointed at the Department of Sociology and will work in the Political Sociology Programme Group of the AISSR.

Project description

This is an opening for a PhD candidate in Sociology. In particular, proposals on topics that relate to ongoing debates in the fields of urban sociology, sociology of health, sociology of risk, sociology of labour or any combination are welcomed. The PhD candidates’ research will address changes in welfare states care and health arrangements or urban economies and politics and demonstrably attend to the effects of these changes on people’s lives.

The PhD candidate can apply with her or his own research proposal. Applicants are invited to write a one page proposal on a topic of choice which is strongly related to the above fields and to the work of staff members of the programme group Political Sociology. A proposal needs to include a general problem statement, a theoretical framework, a methodology, a work plan and an indication of the scientific and societal relevance.

Tasks include:

  • write an extended research proposal;
  • 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;
  • contribute to teaching (10% of the time, upon availability);
  • participate in and contribute to the activities of the program group;
  • engage with non-academics and contribute to public sociology.


Successful applicants will have the following credentials:

  • a completed master in sociology or another relevant social science discipline;
  • demonstrable ability to combine empirical research and theory;
  • good writing skills.

Further information

For more information about the position, please send an email to:


The candidate will be appointed full-time (38 hours per week) for a period of 12 months at the Department of Sociology. Contingent on a positive assessment, the contract will be extended by a maximum of three additional years leading to the completion of a PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €2,222 during the first year to €2,840 during the fourth year, in accordance 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 research proposal (1 page);
  3. a CV including a list of publications if applicable;
  4. a full grade list of the Master programme and Bachelor programme of graduation.

Correspondence can be in Dutch or English. Applications must be sent as e-mail attachment in a single PDF file to no later than 5 July 2017. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text: 'PhD candidate Political Sociology + applicant's last name'. Candidates will be notified about the first round of selection before 16 July. The job interviews will be held face to face in Amsterdam on 24 August 2017.

No agencies please

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