Postdoc Faculty Position in Social Science, Utrecht

Deadline: 16 August 2013
Open to: candidates with strong background in (comparative) social policy analysis at the PhD level, experience with analyzing international comparative datasets, and strong Dutch & English skills
Scholarship: between € 2.890.- and € 4.418,- per month, which is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year


The Department of Social Science at Utrecht University seeks to appoint a Post-doc in Social Policy and Intervention Studies (SOPINS) to study migration of (care-) workers within the European Union in relation to European citizenship. The postdoc will collaborate with colleagues from other European research centres in the FP7 programme ‘European Citizenship’ (2013 – 2017) and contribute to the workpackage ‘Insiders and Outsiders’.

The focus will be on the barriers for using social, political, economic and civil rights. The aim of this project is to improve our understanding the construction of ‘work’ and ‘welfare’ for specific categories of citizens and non-citizens who are excluded from citizen rights with respect to work and welfare. The main question is, when is labour ‘work’ and what do exclusions tell us about the social relations of labour in different states? How are rights to the welfare state and participation stratified among formal citizens as well as between citizens and third country nationals in selected nation states, their national policies and legislation?

They are looking for a colleague who can participate in collaboration with SOPINS colleagues and colleagues from other European universities, in a research project focusing on international mobility and related (deprivation of) citizenship rights, which complements the programs of existing staff.

Besides research activities, you will be teaching in the SOPINS-related MSc program Social Policy and Interventions and its Dutch equivalent Arbeid, Zorg en Welzijn, and play an active role in student supervision. (80% research and 20% teaching) Furthermore, you will actively pursue funding for research, and contribute to its societal impact.


The successful candidate will be offered a full-time or 0.8 fte temporary position as a researcher at the Utrecht University for three years. After 12 months an assessment will be made as to whether the position will be extended to a maximum of 3 years. The gross salary ranges between € 2.890.- and € 4.418,- per month ( Scale 10/11 CAO NU 2011-2013) and is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year.

Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions. More information about the University of Utrecth’s terms of employment are AVAILABLE HERE.


Applicants preferably have a strong background in (comparative) social policy analysis at the PhD level, and have experience with analyzing international comparative datasets as well as qualitative document analysis and in-depth interviews.

Good Dutch and English oral and writing skills are essential.


Applications are due by 16 August 2013 using the online application form AVAILABLE HERE.

Please upload a letter of application which describes your motivation and qualifications. Furthermore, they would like to receive a description of your personal research plans for the next three years as well as your publishing strategy for this period. If possible, they would also like to receive evidence of your teaching evaluations.

Applications should also include a Curriculum Vitae, a list of publications, and the names and addresses of two referees.

Requests for information about the Research program of Social Policy and Intervention Studies or informal inquiries may be directed Prof. Dr. Trudie Knijn, 030-2531861, [email protected]

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