PhD position: The changing meaning of retirement - NIDI-KNAW - Den Haag

PhD position: The changing meaning of retirement - NIDI-KNAW - Den Haag

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10 Jan 1 Feb Den Haag

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Job description

It has been frequently argued that babyboom cohorts have different needs and ambitions for retirement than earlier generations, and that they will even ‘redefine’ or ‘reinvent’ retirement. This PhD project will examine older adults’ pre-retirement preferences with respect to their future life, as well as their post retirement activities. The project will make use of the NIDI Pension Panel Survey (NPPS) in which more than 5.000, 60-plus older workers are followed in their transition to retirement.

This PhD project is part of the project “Ageing workers in an ageing society: Labour force transitions and work in late life” and is funded Netspar and NWO. The PhD project is based at NIDI in The Hague. The PhD candidate will write a dissertation, based on a set of research articles, publishable in international refereed journals.

Main tasks:

  • Writing academic articles.
  • Data analysis of the NIDI-Pension Panel Survey (NPPS).
  • Contribution to the dissemination of research findings.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • Completed a Research Master in one of the social sciences, or a comparable background.
  • Solid knowledge of statistical methods for the analysis large-scale survey data.
  • Knowledge of labour market, gerontology, organizational science literatures.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.
  • Good writing and social skills.

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended for another two and a half years. A psychological assessment may be part of the selection procedure. The gross monthly salary will be between € 2,266,- (year 1) and € 2,897,- (year 4). 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.


Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW)

The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. NIDI conducts research on population issues and informs policymakers and society about the results of demographic research. By concentrating researchers from different disciplines in a single institute, NIDI has become one of the most important demographic research centres in Europe.


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation
  • Health; Economics; Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2266—€2897 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT4123


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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