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2 PhD candidates within the project: The role of the father in child development and the intergenerational transmission of inequality (1.0 fte)

The two PhD-candidates will in particular Assess how and why fathers’ influence on children’s outcomes changes across childhood and adolescence. Assess how …

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Burgemeester Oudlaan, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
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40 uur


The two PhD-candidates will in particular

  1. Assess how and why fathers’ influence on children’s outcomes changes across childhood and adolescence.

  2. Assess how and why fathers’ role in the intergenerational transmission of inequality changes over time

  3. Investigate to what extent the development of inequalities through fathers’ parenting practices is buffered or strengthened by factors such as family characteristics & childcare arrangements (PhD 1)/ the role that peers play in the child’s life (PhD 2)

PhD candidate 1 will focus on the period until adolescence, whereas PhD candidate 2 will mainly focus on the period adolescence to adulthood. The two PhD candidates are encouraged to also collaborate with each other to examine to what extent differences in the (dis)advantages that are transmitted from fathers onto their children widen over time.

To answer these research questions, existing data sources will be used. Data from the Rotterdam birth cohort study Generation R will be used to track the influence of fathers on their children’s development from infancy to adolescence.Data from the Dutch RADAR study will be used to track the influence of fathers on their children’s development from adolescence into adulthood. Other data sources, such as the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and the Growing Up in Ireland Study may also be used.

Research tasks:

  • The candidates will perform theoretically-informed quantitative analyses, present the results at conferences, and publish them in professional and academic peer-reviewed papers, culminating in a PhD dissertation.

  • Following a PhD training in de Graduate School, and follow specific courses and participation in international conferences is part of the position.

  • The candidates will participate in project meetings, seminars, and workshops.

  • PhD candidate 1 will participate in the Generation R Next data collection

  • PhD candidate 2 will participate in the RADAR data collection


The PhD candidates should:

  • have a (nearly completed) Research Master’s or Master’s degree in Sociology, Pedagogical Sciences, Developmental Psychology or equivalent qualifications, with a top quality master thesis;
  • have a keen interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • have a firm basis in quantitative research;
  • have experience with analyzing (the abovementioned) large-scale panel data;
  • have excellent command of both Dutch and English;

  • excel academically, as shown in the grade transcripts and curriculum vitae;
  • have well-developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;
  • have a great curiosity and enthusiasm for scientific research;
  • have the ability to work well in a team, but also at a high degree of autonomy.
  • have a keen interest in the topics to be investigated in the project, preferably demonstrated by previous work on similar topics.


Employment preferably starts September 1st 2018. The initial contract will run for a term of 1,5 years, which – depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2,5 years. The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). The Erasmus University offers a salary of € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2.840,- gross per month in the final year in accordance with the Promovendus scale of CAO NU. Salary is based on a fulltime occupation. Objective of the temporary 4-year position is the production of a thesis leading to a PhD degree. Candidates are to submit yearly progress reports to the faculty’s standing committee for research.

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, an end-of-year payment of 8.3% of the yearly salary and 232 hours leave per year (based on a full-time appointment of 38 hours). In case of a working day of 8 hours, you will weekly save 2 hours extra for annual leave (totally 328 hours).

In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members can make use of the facilities at the EUR campus, including the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library. Substantial tax benefits apply to non-Dutch citizens, conditional on permission granted by the Dutch Tax Office. Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.

Based on our internal career policy, internal candidates are given a prior position, relative to external candidates. Furthermore, diversity is one of our strategic priorities. Female candidates and/or candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background are encouraged to apply. Under the condition of equal quality and suitability, these candidates will have a priority position.

More information about working conditions a can be found at:


Additional information

There is increasing awareness that the intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantages is filtered through intra-familial dynamics, in particular parenting practices. Parents with lower socio-economic status (SES) are not only argued to be less able to make significant investments in the development of their children in comparison to parents with higher SES, but their economic hardship is also posed to detrimentally influence their behavioral and emotional functioning which subsequently influences child development. Surprisingly, most studies have investigated the role that mothers play – while neglecting fathers’ role in the transmission of inequality. In the current project -- by examining the extent to which father’s socio-economic status becomes of stronger influence on linkages between fathers’ parenting practices and their children’s development as children age -- we are able to answer the question what role fathers’ parenting practices play in the diverging outcomes of children from lower versus higher social class families.

The two PhD candidates will become part of an exciting, innovative, and interdisciplinary research group that examines The role of the father in child development and the intergenerational transmission of inequality. The key objective of the overall project is to provide novel insights into the questions whether, why, and in what ways, fathers influence their children’s social, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive outcomes. More specifically, the two subprojects investigate how inequalities in child outcomes develop through fathers’ parenting practices across childhood and adolescence, and how context may buffer or strengthen fathers’ role in this development of inequalities. The idea underlying the proposed research is that much can be learned about fathers’ role in child outcomes by linking sociological stratification questions to developmental psychology research on father involvement.

You can obtain more information about the Erasmus University Rotterdam on https://www.eur.nl/english/

You can obtain more information about the Department of Public Administration and Sociology https://www.eur.nl/essb/english/publicadministration/ and https://www.eur.nl/essb/english/sociology/ respectively.

For additional information on the vacancy, please send an email to the supervisor prof.dr. Renske Keizer (keizer@essb.eur.nl).