Postdoctoral researcher CAREER (Sociology) project 739 views

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Amsterdam are inviting applications for a postdoctoral researcher. The postdoctoral researcher will work in the CAREER project, financed by the ERC and led by Dr Thijs Bol. The project team will consist of one postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students.

About the project and position:
  • The main puzzle of the project is whether students with broad, general, educational qualifications are indeed better equipped for the future, given that what is demanded in the labor market is under rapid change.
  • Within the project we take a career perspective to study how and why labor market returns to vocational (i.e. very specific) and general (i.e. broad) education vary over the life cycle. CAREER is a comparative project, and will focus on six countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
  • The selected candidate will use computational methods to study labor market change by using millions of job vacancy texts. For four of the six countries under study, the goal is to map labor market changes over the past two decades by analyzing job requirements in vacancy texts. Access to vacancy texts has been obtained in three countries;
  • The selected candidate will study how labor market changes have affected the work careers of graduates with general or specific qualifications. Based on these analyses, the postdoctoral researcher will write research papers to be submitted to international peer-reviewed journals.


  • Applicant must hold recent PhD in Sociology, Computational Social Science, Economics or a related field. Candidates whose dissertation has been approved at the start of the project can also apply;
  • Applicant must have demonstrable experience with doing advanced quantitative research (e.g., R, Stata) and preferably also with programming (e.g. Python), as evidenced by publications or working papers in English;
  • Applicant must possess strong writing skills


Apply online and send the following documents in one pdf:

  • A cover letter (max. 2 pages);
  • CV
  • One research paper that candidate feel is representative of his/her work.
—————–Quick Overview————-
OrganizationUniversity of Amsterdam
Fellowship LevelPostdoctoral
Subject areasSociology, Computational Social Science, Economics
Fellowship amountVaries
EligibilityOpen to all nationalities
Deadline1 March 2021

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