PhD position Reconciling epistemic and demographic diversity (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

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Job description

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project titled Reconciling epistemic and demographic diversity. This position focuses on computational sociology, embedded in a collaboration between analytical sociologists and philosophers working in formal epistemology. For a detailed project description, see:

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies (see: SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training program, see:


You should have:
• (almost) finished a (research) master's degree in the domain of Sociology, or a related discipline
• a solid training in analytical sociology or related fields
• eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme
• an excellent academic record
• eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation
• good social and communication skills
• excellent command of English and academic writing skills
• motivation and ability to teach in undergraduate sociology courses.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the fourth and final year
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary full-time position (1.0 FTE) of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that you will successfully complete your PhD thesis within the next three years. You are expected to contribute to the department's undergraduate teaching program from the 2nd year of the PhD employment. The teaching load will be approximately 0.2 FTE in years 2, 3 and 4.

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include, one pdf file:

• letter of motivation
• CV
• diploma and/or official overview of grades
• contact information for at least two academic references.

You can submit your application until 5 April 11:59pm / before 6 April 2020 Dutch local time, by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews are planned for the afternoon of April 21, 2020 (Dutch local time). Given the current measures in relation to the Corona pandemic it is likely that interviews will be held via Skype. If the situation will be such that we invite you for an interview on site, travel expenses would be fully covered.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Andreas Flache, +31 50 3636214 / 34766 (secr.)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220109

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