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Postdoc in Sociology in particular Sociology of Stratification (1.0 FTE)

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Burgemeester Oudlaan, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
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The Department of Public Administration and Sociologyhas a vacancy for a:

Postdoc in Sociology in particular Sociology of Stratification (1.0 FTE)

Job description

There is a 4-year Postdoc position vacant in Jeroen van der Waal’s research program A Mechanism-Based Approach to Social Stratification addressed below. Research time: 65%; educational tasks: 35%.

Together with various junior and senior scholars Jeroen van der Waal scrutinizes why social stratification is linked to political attitudes and behaviors and health disparities in Western societies. They analyze how both economic and cultural stratification affect these attitudes, behaviors and disparities through different mechanisms. Their aim is not to re-establish widely known and well-established stratified patterns. Instead, the analytical-sociological approach applied considers those patterns as mere starting points for explanatory research. That is: as patterns that need to be explained by uncovering the mechanisms that underlie these, informed by Mertonian middle-range theories.

Research- and education tasks

The Postdoc will:

  • Perform theoretically relevant empirical research that fits abovementioned research program, in collaboration with Jeroen van der Waal. This can be in the form of theory testing (hypothetico-deductive research) and/or theory development (inductive research). The Postdoc will be encouraged to develop their own research profile within the broad research program;
  • Publish in international peer-reviewed journals together with Jeroen van der Waal;
  • Develop research proposals aimed at attracting additional research funding (e.g. NWO, ERC);
  • Perform educational duties (0.35 FTE), most notably in the Dutch Bachelor program in Sociology (http://www.eur.nl/bachelor/sociologie), and/or the international Master program Politics & Society (http://www.eur.nl/en/master/politics-and-society). The educational duties include coordinating and teaching courses and supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.


  • A PhD in Sociology or a related field;

  • Experience in independently carrying out social-scientific research, as witnessed by high-quality scientific publications;

  • Excellent didactic skills and relevant teaching experience at academic level;

  • Basic Qualification Teaching (BKO) or willingness to achieve this qualification;

  • Excellent written and oral skills both in Dutch and English


Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic and ambitious team of top researchers and lecturers, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Cao NU).

Employment preferably starts in September 2018. The initial contract will run for a term of 1 year, which – depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 3 years. The trial period is two months. The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). The Erasmus University offers a salary between € 3.475,- and € 4.757,- gross per month (salary scale 11, CAO NU). Your remuneration will depend on your specific knowledge and experience. Salary is based on a fulltime occupation.
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.

More information about working conditions a can be found at: https://www.eur.nl/english/workingat/

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.

Additional information

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 on https://www.eur.nl/en/essb/research/sociology.

For additional information on the vacancy of Postdoc in Sociology of Stratification, please send an email to Jeroen van der Waal (vanderwaal@essb.eur.nl).

Candidates are welcome to send their application before June 15, 2018 by e-mail to: vanderwaal@essb.eur.nl. Please mention ‘Postdoc in Sociology of Stratification’ in the subject of your email.

We ask you to submit in one PDF file:

- a research plan, including your ideas/thoughts on how to contribute to a mechanism-based approach to social stratification;

- your CV, including a list of academic output (e.g. publications, grants) and contact details of two referees.

The selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates for an interview.Interviews are planned to take place in week 26 (June 25 – July 1).

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.