Postdoctoral Researcher for the project ‘Resources, Intersectionality and Institutions: Determinants of Benefit Dependency’ (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Research / Academic
The Department of Sociology has a job opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher for the project ‘Resources, Intersectionality and Institutions: Determinants of Benefit Dependency’. The project is connected to the Special Chair ‘Social Security and Participation’ and financed by Instituut Gak, an equity fund subsidizing Dutch labour market and social security projects. It aims to analyse:

  • how various resources (economic, social and cultural capital, plus the combination of health and appearance) affect benefit dependency;
  • whether differences in resources explain the relationship between the intersection of age, gender and ethnic background and benefit dependency, and
  • whether institutions and the policy context affect the (intersectional) relationship between resources and benefit dependency.

These issues will be investigated through advanced quantitative analyses of a combination of large-scale administrative data and (partly new) surveys. The Postdoc will be part of a small but dedicated team (including a PhD student). S/he will focus specifically on the third research issue, and on the dissemination of the project outcomes to academic and non-academic audiences (including policy makers). The vacant position includes some educational tasks within the Department of Sociology (0.1-0.3 FTE).


We are looking for a Researcher with a quantitative background, who recently finished his/her PhD in sociology or a related social science, preferably on a theme linked to the project’s research topics (e.g. social inequality, sociology of health, social network analysis, social security and labour market issues).

Furthermore your suitability is ideally exemplified by:

  • affinity with theory-driven empirical research;
  • experience with analyzing large scale administrative data and conducting survey research;
  • knowledge of the labour market and social security systems, especially in The Netherlands;
  • a proven track record in writing for (non)academic audiences and policy makers;
  • proficiency in Dutch (CEFR level C1 or C2).

Salary Benefits:

We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for four years. The gross salary starts at €3,746 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Work Hours:

30 - 40 hours per week


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