Three Postdoctoral Researchers in Inequality and Life Course Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Postdoctoral Researchers
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 15 November 2017

Three postdoctoral researchers in inequality and life course research

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology

Publication date
31 October 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,475 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
15 November 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 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 Social Sciences domain of 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 Amsterdam Centre of Inequality Studies (AMCIS) runs one of the FMG’s Research Priority Areas Institutions and Inequalities, and bridges the disciplines of Sociology, Educational Science, Political Science, and Epidemiology. AMCIS is organized from within the AISSR and collaborations exist with the Research Institute for Child Development and Education, and the Amsterdam Medical Center.

The Department of Sociology is seeking two postdoctoral researchers for two years to strengthen the AMCIS research agenda, and to build bridges between the involved disciplines. Candidates for these two open positions should fit with the AMCIS research agenda and contribute to bringing it to a next level. We have a particular interest in the themes: inequality in health, labor market and welfare state policies, and/or organizations, but strong candidates with other interests that fit with the AMCIS agenda are also encouraged to apply.

Besides these two open postdocs, one postdoctoral research position is available for three years, in the Vici project Between Institutions and Mechanisms: Education and Inequality in Comparative Perspective, directed by Herman van de Werfhorst. For this project we are looking for expertise on either of the following themes, all in relation to cross-national differences in student performance or educational attainment: educational psychology (e.g. motivation, aspirations, stereotype threat, expectancy-value), instruction and learning, accountability issues, and/or economic inequality.

Job description

The three postdoctoral positions are offered at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology.

AMCIS develops and strengthens research in the FMG on various sorts of inequalities across the life course, in particular in education, the labor market, political involvement, health and well-being. It has a strong focus on quantitative social science research, often from a life course and/or comparative perspective. Existing research projects cover the whole life course, from early childhood till post-retirement.

AMCIS recruits postdocs with whom agreements are made in finding external funding, for example through the VENI scholarship of the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research NWO. We select candidates who will be strong competitors in such funding schemes. The two open postdocs are affiliated with at least one senior faculty member of AMCIS, with whom a personal research agenda will be developed. Preference is given to candidates who are able to bridge disciplines within AMCIS, while links with other fields are also appreciated.

The Vici postdoctoral researcher will work in a team of around 6 researchers.


Successful applicants will have the following credentials:

  • a completed PhD in sociology, demography, education, political science, epidemiology, economics 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 English publication record relative to career stage;
  • organisational and presentation skills.

Further information

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


The appointments will be for  38 hours per week (1.0 fte), will start on 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, and will last for a period of two years for the open postdoctoral researchers, and three years for the Vici postdoctoral researcher (24 months plus a further 12 months after a positive evaluation).

Based on a full-time position (38 hours per week) 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 motivation letter (1 page);
  2. a CV including a list of publications and
  3. 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 no later than 15 November 2017. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text: for the Open postdoc position: ‘Open Postdoc AMCIS + applicant’s last name’ and for the Vici postdoc position: ‘Vici Postdoc + applicant’s last name”. Clearly indicate in the letter for which position you apply. #LI-DNP

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