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Postdoc In Employment Careers Of Flexible Workers

The postdoc researcher will be part of the European Research Council (ERC) project “Righting the Wrongs, A Life Course Dynamics Approach for Non-Standard …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


The postdoc researcher will be part of the European Research Council (ERC) project “Righting the Wrongs, A Life Course Dynamics Approach for Non-Standard Employment (DYNANSE)”, which studies how non-standard employment shapes labour market inequalities. The project develops a method to produce error-corrected employment trajectories and applies it in the study of the careers of workers with non-standard employment contracts. For this purpose, it uses register and survey data from the Netherlands, Italy and Norway. The successful candidate will work on the substantial part of the project and bridge labour market theories with the empirical analysis of large datasets. (S)he will work in a group of PhD candidates and faculty members with diverse backgrounds including sociology, economics and survey methodology. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the National Statistical Institutes of the Netherlands (CBS), Italy (Istat) and Norway (SSB).

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented researcher. The successful candidate needs to be an expert in labour market theories as well as proficient in longitudinal data analysis, and preferably has also experience in the analysis of sequence data or Latent Variable Modelling.

Your duties

  • Carry out research on the role of non-standard employment for the ERC project “Righting the Wrongs. A Life Course Dynamics Approach for Non-Standard Employment”
  • Conduct high-quality research in the field of labour sociology, illustrated by international publications, presentations in conferences and communication of research results to the wider public.
  • Support ‘open science’ and work in a reproducible way and share tools and data with the wider scientific community
  • Be an active member of the ERC project team and co-supervise the PhD candidates of the project
  • Take an active role in the collaboration with the National Statistical Institutes that are part of the ERC project. The successful candidate should be willing to spend a small number of months of her/his appointment abroad
  • (optional) Teach courses in Sociology or Statistics and Methodology in courses of the curricula of the Faculty of Social Sciences


  • Excellent training (PhD) in social sciences, economics, or a related quantitative/computational field
  • Good knowledge of quantitative research methods, preferably sequence analysis or Latent Variable Modelling
  • Examples of academic service in (inter)national contexts. Familiarity with register data and experience in collaboration with National Statistical Institutes will be considered an asset
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. In case of taking the teaching option, non-Dutch speakers should be also willing to learn Dutch within 2 years
  • Team spirit and good communication skills


A challenging position in a socially engaged organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10) and a maximum of €4274 (scale 10), depending on your educational level and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year, with a possibility to extend for another 3 years. The successful candidate has the option of taking also some light teaching tasks (80% research, 20% teaching). In this case, the appointment will extend to 5 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
• a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until October 11, 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dimitris Pavlopoulos
Position: Associate Professor and ERC Project Principal Investigator
E-mail: d.pavlopoulos@vu.nl
Telephone: +31205989254

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