PhD: Structural Discrimination and Prejudice: Comparative, Cumulative, Intersectional Perspective

University of Amsterdam
January 11, 2023
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PhD: Structural Discrimination and Prejudice: Comparative, Cumulative,

Intersectional Perspective

Faculty/Services: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Educational level: Master

Function type: Academic Staff

Closing date: 11 January 2023

Vacancy number: 10923

Do you have a background in quantitative methods and an interest in the topic of prejudice and ethnic discrimination? Are you enthusiastic about the opportunity to be part of an international team and develop research based on cutting-edge experimental methods?

The Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses research group at the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam is looking for a PhD candidate. The PhD candidate will become member in the EQUALSTRENGTH consortium and work in close collaboration with and under the supervision of Dr Eva Zschirnt and Dr Bram Lancee.

EQUALSTRENGTH is a consortium of ten international partners (Utrecht University, University College Dublin, University of Oxford, University of Amsterdam, The German Center for Integration and Migration Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, The Budapest Institute, Charles University, The Spanish National Research Council and University of Lausanne), funded through a Horizon Europe grant. The consortium brings together scholars from a broad range of social sciences (e.g., social psychology, sociology, demography, economics, social policy).

The aim of the consortium is to investigate why and to what extent ethnic, racial, and religious minorities are exposed to discriminatory behavior and prejudicial attitudes in multiple life domains (e.g., employment, housing, access to services). Moreover, the project examines whether and how this continuous exposure to prejudice and discrimination accumulates at the intersection of stigmatized identities and across life domains.

The PhD project is embedded in the Work Package “Capturing outgroup prejudices across life domains”. It particularly focuses on attitudes of the majority “in-group” towards minority “out-groups" and will link this attitudinal data with experimental data, that is collected in a nine country cross-national survey including survey/conjoint experiments. The PhD candidate will be involved in designing the survey and analyzing the data for their dissertation. Additionally, the candidate will participate in the Work Package on field experiments and cumulative discrimination.

What are you going to do

In this position you will:

  • contribute to the design and collection of a cross-national survey and survey experiments on outgroup prejudices across life domains;
  • contribute to the design and implementation of field experiments on ethnic discrimination;
  • report research findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, resulting in a dissertation;
  • assist in the organization of consortium meetings (e.g., preparatory meetings, dissemination and impact meetings, workshops);
  • assist with administrative tasks and project management;
  • be involved in teaching in the BA programme of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (10% of the working time).
  • What do you have to offer

    We are looking for a candidate with the following credentials:


  • A completed (Research) Master's degree in a relevant field. The degree must have been obtained by the start of your employment;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • strong command of advanced quantitative social science research methods, e.g.
  • causal inference, survey experiments, as well as willingness to further develop these skills;

  • advanced programming skills in STATA or similar statistical software;
  • independent thinking and critical analytical skills;
  • hands-on mentality;
  • ability to collaborate in a diverse team and in close cooperation with the daily supervisor and other members of the research group;
  • ability to finish the dissertation in time: i.e. strong skills in project management, flexibility, a proactive approach;
  • willingness to move to Amsterdam or a location within commuting distance for the duration of the contract.
  • Desirable:

  • Theoretical expertise in the field of prejudice and discrimination;
  • proficiency in Dutch is an asset;
  • experience with collecting quantitative survey data.
  • What can we offer you

    The position concerns temporary full-time employment of 38 hours per week (1,0 fte). The initial employment term will be for one year, with a probationary period of two months. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of three years (for a total duration of four years), which should result in the conferral of a doctorate.

    Your salary will be €2541 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3247 in the final year, based on full-time employment of 38 hours per week as per Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. For this position the University Job Classification profile ‘promovendus' applies. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

    Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development. You will follow a curriculum with other AISSR PhD candidates, and will be able to join the ICS-Graduate School. You will also have the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international conferences and workshops. You will be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students.

    What else do we offer

  • A position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in a dynamic and vibrant research environment and to work in an international team of top scholars;
  • the opportunity to stay at another consortium member for a research stay;
  • financial support for academic conferences and summer schools;
  • the opportunity to follow a wide range of graduate courses in social sciences and research methods;
  • being located in the heart of Amsterdam, one of Europe's most exciting cities with an outstanding research environment.
  • About us

    The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

    Please follow the links to learn more about the EQUALSTRENGTH project , Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses research group, the Department of Sociology , the ICS Graduate School , and the AISSR.

    Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


    Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Eva Zschirnt, Assistant Professor in Sociology at , or
  • Bram Lancee, Associate Professor in Sociology at
  • Job application

    The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences strives for and puts conscious efforts into having a work and academic environment that is inclusive. We commit to providing the grounds for equal treatment and empowering you to become a full participating member of our academic community, regardless of your background, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or age. We especially invite members from historically disadvantaged/under- represented groups to apply.

    Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 11 January 2023.

    You may apply online by using the link below. Please upload the following materials combined into a single PDF document with your name and the vacancy number on the next page in the field labeled 'CV/Resume' (not the motivation letter field):

  • a CV;
  • a maximum two-page cover letter that outlines your preparation and motivation to pursue this degree. Please be as specific as possible in describing how you meet the selection criteria. If you do not meet all of the criteria yet, please explain how you will acquire the required skill;
  • (unofficial) undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  • the contact details of two academic references who know you well.
  • Please do NOT include any other materials at this stage. Additional materials such as recommendation letters, writing samples, and/or a short draft PhD proposal will be requested only for short-listed candidates. Do NOT send these materials with the initial application. The committee expects interviews to take place (via zoom) at the end of January.

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

    If you encounter Error GBB451/ GBC451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application.

    No agencies please.

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