PhD Scholarship 'Intergenerational social mobility'
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
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,
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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 ;
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 letter of motivation, including a concise statement of the reason for
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.