PhD Scholarship 'Intergenerational social mobility'

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Belgium

August 18, 2021

Description

PhD Scholarship 'Intergenerational social mobility'

Category: PhD

1 - Working at the VUB

For already 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you'll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees , we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels , an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
  • 2 - Position description

    The Faculty Social Sciences & Solvay Business School, Department Sociologie , is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.

    More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains:

  • The topic of social mobility concerns the relationship between the social class position of people (their class destination) and the class position of their parents (their class origins). Social (im)mobility relates to important sociological topics of social inequality, poverty and fairness;
  • Both absolute and relative rates of social mobility have already been extensively investigated in many European countries for people born in the seventies or earlier, but the intergenerational mobility has been much less examined for people born in the eighties and nineties. These are interesting cohorts, given the further expansion of tertiary education, the post-industrialization and flexibilization of the labour market and the super-diversification of migration;
  • In addition, less is known about the absolute and relative mobility trends of migrants and their children. To which extent is the level of social mobility different between different ethnic groups? Do the mobility patterns depend of the integration policies of countries or the characteristics of the neighborhoods they grew up in?
  • You will prepare a doctoral dissertation in Sociology on the topic of intergenerational social mobility, under the supervision of Prof. Pieter- Paul Verhaeghe;
  • For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.

    3 - Profile

    What do we expect from you?

    You've attained a master's degree in sociology, economics, demography or related sciences;

  • You should demonstrate academic excellence and rigor as well as curiosity;
  • You have advanced statistical skills;
  • You are eager to learn more quantitative methods of analysis and data collection;
  • You are a loyal team-player, and you agree to co-write and co-publish with the research team in high-impact scientific journals;
  • You are fluent in English, spoken and written. Knowledge of Dutch is a bonus;
  • Your research mentality is focused on “getting the things done”;
  • You have strong communication skills;

  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

  • 4 - Offer

    Are you going to be our new colleague?

    You'll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship , for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/10/2021.

    You'll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.

    IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.

    At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

    As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance ;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise ;
  • Ecocheques ;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants ;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work- life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).
  • 5 - Interested?

    Is this the job you've been dreaming of?

    Send us ONLINE and at latest on 15/08/2021 :

  • your CV;
  • your letter of motivation, including a concise statement of the reason for applying;
  • a copy or the extended summary of your master thesis;
  • a copy of your detailed study results;
  • the highest degree you've attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).
  • Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe at Pieter-Paul.Verhaeghe@vub.be or on 026148150.

    The job interviews will take place online on the 19th or 20th of August.

    Would you like to know what it's like to work at the VUB? Go to www. vub.ac.be/vacatures and find all there is to know about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and your future colleagues.

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