Netherlands: 5 PhD positions in Social sciences and related areas

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In the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) of VU
University Amsterdam, the PhD Programme is embedded in the Faculty
Research Institute CCSS (Centre for Comparative Social Studies).

As per November 1st, 2008, the CCSS offers 5 fully paid PhD
positions. Candidates are asked to apply with their own research
proposal. The selection procedure takes place in phases, and selection
will take into account the CV, reference letters, the quality of the
proposal, the fit of the proposal with the ongoing research programmes
in the Faculty, and will also entail an interview and a brief oral
presentation of the research proposal.


Successful candidates will undertake doctoral research within the
context of one of the research programmes of the FSS. PhD students in
the FSS receive intensive supervision by the faculty’s leading
researchers in the field, and take part in the courses and other
activities of the CCSS PhD Programme. In addition, depending on the
individual needs and practices of the receiving department, PhD
students may be required to enroll in one of the national research
(‘onderzoekscholen’) in the Netherlands. PhD students will also
be coached in getting their work published in academic journals and
books. PhD students finally also participate in the national and
international research networks in which the research groups of the FSS
are active, and participate in academic conferences.


University Graduate
Applicants should have
a Master degree with very good grades in one of the Social Sciences or
a related discipline, depending also on the topic of the research
project. You must have a demonstrable affinity with doing scientific
research and be proficient in written and

spoken English. You are highly motivated, can work well
independently as well as in small teams, and have excellent
communication and social skills.


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:
A contract of employment is offered initially for a period of 12
months, extendable to a total duration of 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).
More information about our fringe benefits can be found on


The salary 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.

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:

Further information and applications

For more information and the application form see: where you will be able to download a
format for your research proposal. For further information, please
contact the Director of the PhD Programme, Professor Henk Overbeek
(tel. +31-20-598 6852, email

Please send your application, 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 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, or by e-mail:
Applications must contain a letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of
publications or graduate papers, two academic letters of reference and
a research proposal.

Start of the programme: November 1st, 2008

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 1.2008.00248.
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