PhD position The role of dual identity holders for sustainable cooperation


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project titled “The role of dual identity holders for achieving sustainable cooperation among conflicting groups”. This position focuses on the topic of multiple conflicting identities through an intersectional perspective in the domain of social psychology and sociology. 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:

Since its foundation 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. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, 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 Social Psychology is part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. See also:


You should have:

- (almost) finished a (research) master's degree in the domain of Social Psychology or Psychology or Sociology with a focus on sexuality or migration or a related discipline
- a solid understanding of social psychological theories of identity, sexuality, or migration
- a solid training in either or both of qualitative research methods (i.e., interviews, content analysis) or quantitative research methods (i.e., experiments) or willingness to acquire both
- eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme
- an excellent academic record
- have experience in or eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation
- good social and communication skills
- excellent command of English and academic writing skills, and some command of Turkish or Dutch
- motivation and ability to teach in undergraduate psychology courses.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

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

- a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year of the appointment, rising to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- attractive secondary terms of employment
- the position is classified in accordance with the University Job Classification (UFO) system; the UFO profile is PhD candidate
- a temporary position of 1.0 FTE for a period of four years. You will first be appointed for a period of 12 months. After a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period. 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.

Expected starting date: preferably May 1, 2023

Job Application

You may apply by submitting a letter of motivation (2 A4 pages max) and curriculum vitae for this position until 14 February 11:59pm / before 15 February 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The interviews will take place sometime during the week starting February 27th, 2023.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

dr. Yasin Koc, for more information on this specific project

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0021

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