Netherlands:PhD candidate in Sociology of Work at Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Job description

The Department of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam recently received funding for a research project that focuses on the impact of technological change on labour demand in the Netherlands in recent decades (click here for more information)

It has a time-span of three years, in which a Postdoc researcher and a PhD candidate will, in close collaboration, focus on a specific part of the project. We are looking for a PhD candidate who will, firstly, investigate whether the Dutch labour-market structure upgraded or polarised, and how this relates to changing job insecurity and income inequality. S/he will do so by means of analyzing existing longitudinal data-sets, and therefore needs to master advanced statistical methods. S/he will subsequently focus on disentangling whether, and to what extent, increasing knowledge intensity is responsible for abovementioned labour-market changes. To do so, theories that link increasing knowledge intensity to labour-market changes need to be systematically tested against competing ones.


  • Empirical research and writing as necessary to produce a PhD dissertation;
  • active intellectual and organisational participation in the research team of this project;
  • publication of ISI ranked journal articles and a monograph with an academic publisher;
  • teaching in the Department of Sociology to a maximum of 20% of the time.


Applicants that will be invited for the last phase of the selection procedure need to write a research proposal. That proposal should include 1) a theoretical section that focuses on theories that link increasing knowledge intensity to labour-market changes, and on the relevant competing ones (1,000 words max.), and 2) a methodological section which specifies how the competing hypotheses deduced from abovementioned theories need to be tested, as to arrive at theoretically meaningful results (500 words max.).

Candidates need to have a social-scientific background, and should demonstrate a theoretical interest in advanced labour-markets, technological change and globalisation, and excellent writing skills. Familiarity with quantitative data analysis will be an asset.

Conditions of employment

The PhD student will initially receive a temporary contract for 1.5 years in order to assess his compatibility. When you prove to be an asset, you will receive a second temporary contract for 1.5 years. Remuneration will be in accordance with the PhD scale set by the CAO NU. Fulltime work will pay € 2.062.- before taxes in the first year, going up to € 2.517.- in the third and final year. In addition, there’s a set end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.  Fulltime is considered to be 38 hours per week.

Contract type: Temporary, 3 years


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is concentrated in the fields of  Business Administration,  Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History, Culture and Communication, and Philosophy. In addition to the initial degree programmes and scientific research, the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes and courses. Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and some 2,500 staff members.


Additional information

Deadline: To apply, please send your application letter with your CV before October 25th by email to:

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