PhD candidate or Postdoctoral researcher Mixed classes And Pedagogical Solutions

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

Publication date
2 March 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,222 to €4,757 gross per month, based on 38 hours a week
Closing date
21 March 2018
19 to 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.

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 Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development are looking to fill one PhD or Postdoctoral researcher position. The PhD candidate or Postdoctoral researcher will participate in the research project Mixed classes And Pedagogical Solutions (MAPS) under supervision of Dr Bowen Paulle and Dr Willem Boterman.

Project and work description

In many cities around the world – including those in countries of Northern Europe – forces leading away from educational inclusion and equality of opportunity seem to be gaining the upper hand. Getting a grip on the complex interweaving of macro-, meso-, and micro-level processes at work here will require advances grounded in detailed investigations across strategically chosen settings. The MAPS project therefore sets out to illuminate potentially scalable policies and practices of inclusion at the (pre-) primary educational level in three contrasting educational contexts: Finland, Iceland and the Netherlands. The explicit goal of this comparative effort is to connect new scientific insights, breakthrough programs and actionable tools for policy-making to actual educational practice. As more and less inclusive educational experiences are inextricably linked to other scientific and thematic areas – such as urban planning, housing, and public health – MAPS will also contribute to a number of academic debates and policy discussions all too often ignored in studies focused narrowly on educational inclusion and segregation.

In one case, that of 'high dosage math tutoring' in Haarlem, the PhD candidate or Postdoctoral researcher will focus on policies and practices related to a pre-selected project set to get underway in February of 2018 and to run for a minimum of three years. The candidate or researcher will also select at least one other particularly illuminating case involving one or more primary schools in or around Amsterdam.

The candidate/researcher is expected to:

  • carry out ethnographic fieldwork in the context of diverse classroom settings;
  • conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders;
  • assist in (administrative aspects of) maintaining the MAPS consortium;
  • present work to an (inter)national audience of academics and practitioners;
  • participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.

In the case of a postdoctoral researcher the following applies:

  • write four articles to be published in international peer-reviewed journals.

In the case of a PhD candidate the following applies:

  • write a doctoral dissertation based on four articles in international peer-reviewed journals within four years;
  • teach at the (under)graduate level in one or more of the related disciplines (10% of the time);
  • participate in the AISSR PhD programme.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a research master diploma or PhD in Sociology, Human Geography, Anthropology, or another relevant social science field with demonstrable interest in the topic of the MAPS project. Candidates should be able to prepare and conduct qualitative and especially ethnographic research in both independent and collaborative ways. Candidates will collaborate closely with other researchers within the international consortium. The candidate will also be closely involved in project management.

Applicants should possess strong writing skills and have an excellent command of English and Dutch. Relevant experience working within or investigating educational programs policy domains relevant to MAPS will be taken into consideration.

Further information

Additional information about the vacancy may be obtained from:


The preferred starting date is 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. In the case of a PhD candidate the appointment will be full-time (38 hours per week) and for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year). In the case of a postdoctoral researcher the appointment will be either 0.5 FTE (19 hours per week) for three years or 0.8 FTE (30.4 hours per week) for two years.

Based on a full-time position (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary candidate will be €2,222 in the first year and €2,840 in the last year in the case of a PhD candidate. In the case of a postdoctoral researcher the salary 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 Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications must include, in a single PDF file:

  1. a brief cover letter;
  2. a Curriculum Vitae;
  3. a proper research proposal (max. 2000 words, excluding bibliography) demonstrating what the candidate’s initial approach to addressing MAPS’ different research questions would be. This should include an introduction to the field, a concise theoretical frame work and methodological approach.
  4. two academic reference letters;
  5. in the case of PhD candidate: a grade list.

All correspondence will be in English. Applications must be sent as e-mail attachment to no later than 21 March 2018. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text 'MAPS application PhD/Post-Doc  + applicant's last name. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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