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Vacancy for a PhD position in family demography

5 April 2017

Within the theme group Families and Generations NIDI has a vacancy for a PhD position in family demography. For more information see the full job description below. [deadline: May 1st, 2017]

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute

The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and affiliated with the University of Groningen. It is located in the centre of The Hague. The staff of the institute consists of about 50 employees, mostly researchers. In the theme group “Families and Generations” there is a vacancy for:

1 PhD position in family demography

Job description

The PhD will write a dissertation based on a set of research articles publishable in international refereed journals. He/she will participate in meetings of the NIDI Theme Group Families & Generations, and other relevant research groups. He/she will be supervised by Prof. dr. Anne H. Gauthier (NIDI-RUG) and Prof. dr. Nardi Steverink (RUG).

The PhD project will be part of the new multi-national project “Care, retirement and wellbeing of older people across different welfare regimes” (CREW). The contribution of NIDI to this international project will be on the direct and indirect effects of early-life conditions on the well-being and health of older people. Within this broad framework, possible topics include: (1) the impact of complex family structures and family trajectories on well-being and health at older ages; (2) the impact of the so-called motherhood penalty on subjective well-being at older ages; (3) the long-term impact of maternity leave on well-being at older ages; (4) the role of welfare policies in moderating the impact of early age disadvantages. The main datasets for this project will be the GGS (Generations and Gender Surveys) and SHARE (Survey of Heath and Retirement in Europe).


For this position, we are looking for candidates with a Master degree in demography, sociology, or a related social science discipline and with:

  1. A demonstrated research experience (e.g. Research master and published article(s) or presentation(s) at academic conferences)
  2. Solid knowledge of advanced statistical methods for the analysis of large individual or household survey data and experience using cross-national or longitudinal data
  3. Knowledge of family demography, family sociology and/or European welfare state literatures and ability to link theory and empirical analysis
  4. Excellent knowledge of English
  5. Excellent writing and social skills

Appointment and salary

The candidate is expected to start in June 2017 (a later start date will be considered if no suitable candidates can be found). The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended for another 2 years. A psychological assessment will be part of the selection procedure.

The gross monthly salary will be between € 2,552 (year 1) and € 2,801 (year 3). Benefits include pension contribution, annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Non-Dutch nationals may be eligible for a substantial tax break (30% ruling). Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.

Place of work

NIDI, Lange Houtstraat 19, The Hague


For additional information you may contact Prof. dr. Anne H. Gauthier ().

Application procedure

Candidates are invited to submit their application in English. Applicants should send:

  • Cover letter (max 2 to 3 pages) which explains the motivation for applying for this position as well as the fulfillment of all five qualification criteria
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of university grades (transcript)
  • One sample of written work, e.g. copy of master dissertation or published article
  • Names and addresses of two referees

The deadline for submitting your application is May 1st 2017. Please send your application to the director of NIDI, Prof. dr. L.J.G. van Wissen ( The interviews for this position have been provisionally scheduled for Monday 22 May.


Acquisition based on this advertisement is not appreciated.

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