Postdoctoral researcher in project on public support for European unemployment insurance

Postdoctoral researcher in project on public support for European unemployment insurance

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14 Nov 1 Dec Amsterdam

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Job description

The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral researcher in the field of Migration Studies (RIGHTS project . 

The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and University Professor Frank Vandenbroucke are currently searching for a two-year postdoctoral research fellow (at 1 FTE) for a project exploring public attitudes towards European-level and national-level social policy. That project is led by Professor Frank Vandenbroucke (UvA Professor), Dr Theresa Kuhn (AISSR-PETGOV and AISSR-Challenges) and Professor Brian Burgoon (AISSR-PETGOV). Central to the project is exploring public support for or opposition to various policy-maker plans to establish pan-European unemployment insurance. We do not know how European taxpayers think about these plans, and which factors affect public opinion on such issues. The postdoctoral researcher will help design and implement a conjoint experiment to explore such opinions and contribute to data analysis and publication of research articles on this topic.


  • Designing and implementing a conjoint experiment on public support for European unemployment benefits in the European Union;
  • selecting and liaising with survey company;
  • publishing single-authored and co-authored articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals;
  • (possibility of) teaching.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • PhD in political sciences, economics, sociology or related field, completed already or soon to be completed;
  • excellent quantitative research skills, especially survey design;
  • (ideally) experience with conducting survey experiments, preferably conjoint experiments;
  • articles in recognized peer-reviewed journals, either published or, in case of a very recently completed PhD, in an advanced stage of preparation;
  • expertise on European integration, social policy and/or support for redistribution;
  • excellent English writing and communication skills. Knowledge of Dutch is welcome but not required;
  • ability to work independently as well as in a team.

Conditions of employment

For this position the University Job Classification System ’Researcher-3/ Onderzoeker-3’ applies.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for the duration of 2 years. The position is full-time (38 hours per week) and will start on 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The gross monthly salary for this position will be €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week. The UvA offers a 8% holiday allowance and a 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands, and one of the highest-ranked such institutions in Europe. The Faculty serves 7,500 students in numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. The academic staff is employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,100 employees at the Faculty, which resides in a number of buildings in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Department of Political Sciences is one of the departments of the FMG. The College of Social Sciences (CSW) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the under-graduate and graduate teaching programmes in Political Science. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe. The RIGHTS project is part of the programme group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’.


  • Postdoc positions
  • Behaviour and Society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3475—€4757 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 17-573


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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