Postdoctoral researcher in the field of Migration Studies (RIGHTS project), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Postdoctoral Researcher
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 1 December 2017

Postdoctoral researcher in the field of Migration Studies (RIGHTS project)

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Publication date
14 November 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,475 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
1 December 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands, and one of the highest-ranked such institutions in Europe. The Faculty serves 7,500 students in numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, Planning and 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, which resides in a number of buildings in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Department of Political Sciences is one of the departments of the FMG. The College of Social Sciences (CSW) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the under-graduate and graduate teaching programmes in Political Science. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe. The RIGHTS project is part of the programme group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’.

Project description

The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and University Professor Frank Vandenbroucke are currently searching for a two-year postdoctoral research fellow (at 1 FTE) for a project exploring public attitudes towards European-level and national-level social policy. That project is led by Professor Frank Vandenbroucke (UvA Professor), Dr Theresa Kuhn (AISSR-PETGOV and AISSR-Challenges) and Professor Brian Burgoon (AISSR-PETGOV). Central to the project is exploring public support for or opposition to various policy-maker plans to establish pan-European unemployment insurance. We do not know how European taxpayers think about these plans, and which factors affect public opinion on such issues. The postdoctoral researcher will help design and implement a conjoint experiment to explore such opinions and contribute to data analysis and publication of research articles on this topic.


  • Designing and implementing a conjoint experiment on public support for European unemployment benefits in the European Union;
  • selecting and liaising with survey company;
  • publishing single-authored and co-authored articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals;
  • (possibility of) teaching.


  • PhD in political sciences, economics, sociology or related field, completed already or soon to be completed;
  • excellent quantitative research skills, especially survey design;
  • (ideally) experience with conducting survey experiments, preferably conjoint experiments;
  • articles in recognized peer-reviewed journals, either published or, in case of a very recently completed PhD, in an advanced stage of preparation;
  • expertise on European integration, social policy and/or support for redistribution;
  • excellent English writing and communication skills. Knowledge of Dutch is welcome but not required;
  • ability to work independently as well as in a team.

Further information

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For this position the University Job Classification System ’Researcher-3/ Onderzoeker-3’ applies.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for the duration of 2 years. The position is full-time (38 hours per week) and will start on 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The gross monthly salary for this position will be €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week. The UvA offers a 8% holiday allowance and a 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications must contain:

  • a motivation letter. Please clearly indicate the position you apply for;
  • a curriculum vitae and publication list;
  • proof of your PhD degree. If you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion of your degree;
  • an academic writing sample in English (e.g., journal article, PhD dissertation);
  • the names and contact addresses of two academic references from which information about the candidate can be obtained.

The deadline for the applications is 1 December 2017, 12 PM
Please send your application to with vacancy number 17-573 as subject and all documents as an attachment (in one single pdf file).

Interviews for this position will be held in December 2017. #LI-DNP

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

No agencies please

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