Postdoc Peace and Conflict Studies

Postdoc Peace and Conflict Studies

Published Deadline Location
8 Dec 31 Jan Amsterdam
Are you a political scientist with quantitative research skills and expertise in conflict studies? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Job description

This postdoc position is part of the project "Towards a new belligerency? Explaining changing attitudes on the willingness to fight for one's country". In this project, we will examine what explains the growing willingness to fight. Our unit of analysis will be societies and their average willingness to fight, rather than individual level data. We will examine to what extent changing levels of conflict in a country's vicinity, economic crises, terrorist incidences and societal polarization correlate with the growing willingness to fight. You can find more information on the project here.

The position is funded for a period of ten months, starting no later than 1 May 2023.

Your duties
  • Process and analyze data on citizens' attitudes on their willingness to fight
  • Organize citizen panels drawn from student populations to discuss and contextualize the main findings from our analyses
  • Organize a conference with societal partners
  • Contribute to joint publications on the findings of the project


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • PhD in Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology, Social Psychology or a closely related field
  • Excellent advanced quantitative research skills
  • A proven track record in publishing in high-quality international refereed journals
  • Willingness to work in a team

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 9 months.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 10 months.
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,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • contribution to commuting expenses,
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with transnational immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 500 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 31/01/2023. The job interviews are planned for February 10 2023.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Wolfgang Wagner
Position: Professor of International Security

No agencies


  • Postdoc
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 13333


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 31 Jan 2023 23:58 (Europe/Amsterdam).