Post-doc Sociology (1.0 FTE)

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 19 Aug 2019


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. The department of Sociology is part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences.

The vacancy is at the department of Sociology at the University of Groningen. This department has a national and international reputation for excellence. One of the leading themes within the department of Sociology is research on the social development of children and adolescents. The aim is to develop behavioural models of the link between social networks, and prosocial and antisocial behaviour among children and adolescents, and test them using large-scale longitudinal datasets. Another leading theme of the department is the development of statistical models and software for the analysis of cross-sectional, longitudinal, and multilevel network data.

Job description

The candidate will work in a dynamic and enthusiastic research group on the research project ‘Anti-bullying programs 2.0: Tailored interventions to minimize bullying’, funded by the NWO Vici programme. Using an integrated goal and social network perspective, the programme investigates, since four years, ways to further reduce bullying by focusing on the role of the group, popular bullies, the position of chronic victims, and the teacher as significant other. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in evaluating the ‘SterkWerk’ intervention that aims to teach bullies socially acceptable ways to gain or maintain their status: (based on the Meaningful Roles intervention).


The successful candidate is a starting scholar with a PhD in the Social Sciences and has a key interest in studying the social development of children and adolescents.

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:
• a PhD degree in Social Sciences
• a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish international academic publications, preferably in top tier peer-reviewed journals
• experience with theory-driven research with a clear eye for the practical implications
• good statistical skills, preferably experience with social network analysis
• a clear interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research
• the ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English and Dutch (or willingness to learn Dutch)
• innovative, independent, and proactive
• a team player with good communication skills.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 3,255 (salary scale 10) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,274 gross per month for a full-time position

• a full-time position (38 hours per week) for 1.5 years.

• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income

• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance

• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment

• excellent secondary benefits, including a pension scheme and flexible employment conditions.

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • contact information of at least two academic references.

You can submit your application until 18 August 11:59pm / before 19 August 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The job interviews are scheduled at Thursday 29 August 2019. Candidates can be asked to give a presentation. Candidates are expected to start between October 2019 and March 2020.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. René Veenstra, +31 50 3636240

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)

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