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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Research & Science
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      November 28,2021
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    PHD 'A historical lens on family firms and gender equality in the Netherlands, 1900-2020'

    We are looking for a PhD candidate for a project titled 'A historical lens on family firms and gender equality in the Netherlands, 1900-2020'. The project will research whether family businesses are more conducive to gender equality in the workplace than companies without a family background, using a historical perspective. Another objective of the project is to use the insights gained on the family businesses to develop new intervention tools that can be used in promoting gender equality in non-family businesses nowadays. A detailed project description can be found here

    The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: 'Differential Pathways to Gender-Inclusive labour markets' within the research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies. In total, three PhD students will be working on this project, in close collaboration with each other. For this particular project, the first and daily supervisor will be from History and the second supervisor will be from Sociology. SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training programme.


    Eligible candidates should have:

    • (almost) finished a (Research) Master's in the domain of (economic) history, or a related discipline such as sociology;
    • a solid training in historical and/or social science research (being familiar with both fields is a plus for this position);
    • affinity with quantitative and qualitative research methods;
    • (preferably) proven affinity and interest in the research field of gender (in)equality;
    • eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme;
    • proven academic research skills;
    • eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation;
    • excellent command of English and academic writing skills;
    • (preferably) working Dutch language skills.


    You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for 18 months with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment in the first year. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

    Over de organisatie

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

    Aanvullende informatie

    For more information about this position, please contact:
    Selin Dilli (Assistant Professor), via

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