Sibling PhD positions on Cooperation in the Face of Inequality (2.0 FTE)

Department

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Faculty of Philosophy

Organisation

University of Groningen

Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education, offering high-quality teaching and research. We encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Among the best research universities in Europe, we join forces with prestigious partner universities and networks around the world, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in both Dutch and English to over 3,000 students.

The Faculty of Philosophy is a vibrant, international community of excellent researchers and teachers. It consistently receives the highest evaluations for research among philosophy departments in The Netherlands.

Job description

We are seeking candidates for two sibling PhD projects on Cooperation in the Face of Inequality in the SCOOP program.

1. The Fair Status-Quo Bias. This position (1.0 FTE) is located at the Faculty of Philosophy.

2. Dealing with Disadvantage. This position (1.0 FTE) is located in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences and focuses on social psychology.

Both projects are embedded in a collaboration between social psychologists and philosophers. The PhD candidates in both projects are expected to coordinate their efforts.

See the link below for a description of these sibling projects: https://www.scoop-program.org/program-projects/697-cooperation-in-the-face-of-inequality-two-sibling-projects

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies (see: http://www.scoop-program.org). 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: https://www.scoop-program.org/training-program-towards-transdisciplinarity

Requirements

You should have:

• (almost) finished a (research) master’s degree in the domain of (ad project 1) Philosophy or (ad project 2) Social Psychology, or a related discipline
• (ad project 1) a solid training in ethics, political philosophy and/or moral psychology as well as affinity with or eagerness to learn about social psychology
• (ad project 2) a solid training in social psychology, experimental research methods and data analysis as well as affinity with or eagerness to learn philosophy.
• 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 social psychology courses.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a gross salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a position for four years (fulltime). Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary posi-tion 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 a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty
• PhD students in Psychology are expected to contribute to the department's undergraduate teaching program from the 2nd year of the PhD employment.

The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/

The preferred start date is 1 October 2021

Job Application

You can submit your application until 1 August 11:59pm / before 2 August 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

It is appreciated if you also submit a writing sample.

PLEASE INDICATE CLEARLY FOR WHICH PROJECT YOU APPLY: PROJECT 1 OR PROJECT 2.

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), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Frank Hindriks (regarding project 1)
f.a.hindriks@rug.nl

Prof. Russell Spears (regarding project 2)
r.spears@rug.nl

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221364-65

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