Netherlands: 4 PhD positions and a Senior scientific coordinator

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Successful PhD candidates will undertake
doctoral research within the context of the program described above.
They will receive intensive supervision, take part in relevant courses
and join the post-doctoral program provided by the Dutch Research
School for Public Administration and Political Science (NIG). PhD
students will also be coached in getting their work published in
academic journals and books. Participation in (inter)national research
networks and conferences is an essential part of the job. A modest
teaching task may be considered.
The senior coordinator will be responsible for program coherence,
progress, organisation of seminars, external communication, and
cross-cutting publications and activities, including the acquisition of
new, externally financed projects.


University Graduate
Applicants for one of
the PhD positions should have a Master degree with very good grades in
one of the following disciplines: public administration, sociology,
political science, policy and organisational studies. Furthermore,
candidates must have an outspoken interest in issues of welfare state
and labour market policy, as well as public governance. The also have a
demonstrable affinity with doing social science research and are
proficient in written and

spoken English. Finally, candidates must be highly motivated, and are able to work well independently as well as in small teams.

Applicants for the senior position have a relevant PhD, ample
experience in managing complex research projects, a reputation in the
field of welfare and labour research, and good communication skills.

Additional information about the job:
Background of the program

Increasingly, modern welfare states adopt so-called activating
labour market policies, at the cost of their traditional emphasis on
social protection. This shift in policy ambitions, however, involves
complex institutional problems, including severe conflicts between the
need for central coordination and control on the one hand and the
requirement of a regional, decentralised and flexible approach on the
other. This research program aims to identify and explain the fabric of
public governance problems that are related to the emergence of the new
approaches to welfare and work. The program includes four PhD projects,
focussing on different aspects of the public governance puzzle. There
are two projects based on international comparison (respectively
analysing the organisation of central steering and the functioning of
hybrid implementation styles). Two other projects focus on tensions
within the Dutch approach to activating labour policies, respectively
in the area of managerial practises and the regionalisation of policy
making. In a later stage the program will be enriched with three
integrating projects. Together with the program director (i.e.
professor Willem Trommel), the 0.5 senior coordinator is responsible
for scientific coherence and progress. The program is subsidised by the
Dutch foundation SIG (Stichting Instituut Gak) and forms part of a
larger VU-program on the ´dynamics of governance´.


VU University Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has
been a renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre for many
centuries. It was here, in 1880, that the VU University Amsterdam first
opened its doors to students. VU stands for ‘Vrije Universiteit’, which
means ‘Free University’. Here, ‘free’ refers to freedom of state and
church interference. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was established in
1880 by orthodox protestants. Nowadays it aims to be inspiring,
innovative and involved.

Throughout the past century, the university has continued to
expand. It now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities
for 18,000 students.

Click here for an overview of faculties and institutes:

The university campus and university hospital are situated in the
south-western part of Amsterdam, one of the most dynamic and
fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands. The international
airport of Schiphol-Amsterdam is 10 kilometres away, just 8 minutes by
train. With more than fifty undergraduate (or bachelor’s) programmes
and almost a hundred postgraduate (or master’s) programmes, the Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options. The
programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to
study, and the teaching staff is easily accessible.

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: temporary

Additional conditions of employment:
The salary for PhD students is based on the salary scales for academic
staff. The salary in the first year amounts to € 2.000,- gross per
month, increasing to € 2.558,- gross per month in the fourth year,
based on full-time employment.

The salary for the senior is also based on the scales for academic
staff, and amounts from € 3.792,- gross to € 4.868,- gross a month,
based on a fulltime employment.

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 15-09-2008 by sending your application to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Social Sciences
Drs. M. Karssen, directeur bedrijfsvoering
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
E-mail address:


Candidates are encouraged to contact the program director for more
information, including a full description of the program
( In their letters of application PhD-candidates
may indicate the project(s) they give preference to. The selection
procedure will include an interview and a short oral presentation. Next
to a letter of motivation and a CV, PhD-candidates are asked to provide
a list of grades. During the procedure, candidates may be asked to
provide letters of reference and/or other written evidence of their
academic qualities.

Further specifications

To PhD-students, a contract of employment is offered initially for
a period of 12 months, extendable to four years upon a positive
evaluation. The four-year contract period must be concluded with the
completion of a doctoral dissertation. Part-time employment is possible
(with a minimum of 80%, i.e. 5 years).
The senior is offered a contract of employment for a period of five years.

Further information and applications

For all other information, please contact Professor Willem Trommel (tel. +31 20 59 82962;


Please sent your application letter and Curriculum Vitae,
mentioning the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top left
of the letter and envelope, before September 15, 2008 to the VU
University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, attn. Mrs. Drs. M.
Karssen, directeur bedrijfsvoering, de Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV
Amsterdam, or by e-mail:

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 1.2008.00249/250.
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