Junior researcher in the Generations and Gender Programme - NIDI - KNAW - The Hague

Junior researcher in the Generations and Gender Programme - NIDI - KNAW - The Hague

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Begin your academic career with us as a GGP Junior Researcher. Join our international team to assist with preparing and promoting our data and our daily operations.

Job description

Location: The Hague
Max hours per week: 38,00
Max salary: 4.640
Duration of agreement: 1 year
Apply until: 23 June 2024

What you will be doing
The Project
The Generations and Gender Programme is a cross-national research infrastructure for high-quality, open-access data about population and family dynamics. The main component is the Generation & Gender Survey (GGS) – a unique longitudinal data source on families and people’s life courses across different countries. Currently, new data is being collected in several European, Asian, and South-American countries.

The headquarter of the GGP is located at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in the center of The Hague. It is responsible for the day-to-day management of the GGP, which includes implementing the governance of the GGP, providing support to national teams in collecting GGS data, and processing the collected data for release to the scientific community.

The position
This position of GGP junior researcher is an entry-level position for those starting their (academic) career journey. The main tasks will be to assist with the daily operations of the GGP headquarter and work with the newly collected GGS data. This will include:
  • assisting with fieldwork preparations (e.g., coding and testing the survey questionnaire, helping monitor the fieldwork)
  • processing the newly collected survey data in Stata and R, and further developing procedures for checking the data quality;
  • developing products for facilitating and promoting the use of GGS data (e.g., creating user-friendly Stata syntax and variables);
  • updating and managing the GGP bibliography;
  • demonstrating the use and impact of the data to various stakeholders;
  • support the work of the Central Hub as needed.

What do we offer?
We offer an entry-level position tailored for those starting their academic career journey. Joining our team means being part of a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within an international research team. This role provides the opportunity to develop your professional profile, gain valuable work experience, and achieve significant professional growth.

You will have the chance to build a professional network with peers and colleagues in the academic research community. Additionally, we offer the flexibility to pursue your research interests and ideas using GGS data, allowing you to contribute meaningfully to our projects while advancing your own academic goals.

The appointment will be for a period of 12 months. Any extension will be contingent on performance, availability of funds, and the human resource needs of the infrastructure. Dutch law stipulates a maximum of 4 years in total for a temporary research-based contract. This may be followed by another contract for a maximum of up to a total of 4 years (including the initial contract). This will be dependent on funding and performance.

The deadline for submitting your application is 24 June 2024. Please address your application to the director of NIDI, prof. dr. H.A.G. de Valk (using the Apply Now button). The interviews have been provisionally scheduled for 28 June 2024.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


What you will be bringing
As our new team member in the GGP headquarter, you will bring a dynamic and adaptable mindset, ready to tackle changing priorities with ease. Your keen eye for detail and reliable organizational skills will ensure that tasks are managed efficiently and accurately.

Your recently completed Research Master’s in Sociology, Demography, or a relevant discipline will provide a strong academic foundation. You possess good knowledge of Stata or R and have experience working with large-scale longitudinal survey data, such as GGS or SHARE. Your strong technical affinity allows you to quickly learn and adapt to new software tools and technologies. Familiarity with GIT is a plus. Additionally, your strong communication skills in English, both written and oral, will ensure effective collaboration and documentation.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is € 3,377 and the maximum salary is € 4,640 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 9 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

Non-Dutch applicants are required to relocate to The Netherlands. If and when necessary, NIDI will apply for the residence permit. Non-Dutch employees may qualify for a tax brek (30% ruling).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct can be part of the employment procedure.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) is a leading European demographic research institute. NIDI is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and affiliated with the University of Groningen. It is located in the center of The Hague providing a unique and stimulating research environment in the broad field of population studies. Currently the staff of the institute consists of about 65 employees of different levels of seniority and organized in a rather horizontal structure within four thematic research groups. The working environment is highly international and NIDI provides ample opportunities for training and development.


Data Infrastructure & Dissemination

Insightful demographic research demands high-quality data and deserves widespread attention. Throughout its history, NIDI has been highly successful in opening up information sources and in collecting new data. The working group on Data infrastructure and Dissemination pools NIDI's expertise on responsible and FAIR data management, methodological innovation, open science, knowledge dissemination and outreach activities. Our aim is to make existing data infrastructures at NIDI visible and accessible to researchers from within and outside the institute. In addition we aim to share NIDI's research and activities with a variety of online and offline audiences.


  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3377—€4640 per month
  • University graduate
  • 2204


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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