PhD positions in Philosophy, History, Sociology and Social Psychology (6.0 FTE)

What keeps cooperation going? Resilient societies succeed in maintaining high levels of care, work and inclusion, despite the manifold challenges posed by changing circumstances, which currently range from an aging population to climate change. Key to a society’s resilience is its ability to sustain cooperation within and between families, organizations, and communities. But why is it that some cooperative arrangements thrive, whereas others fall into decay? This puzzle of sustainable cooperation is at the core of the project ‘Sustainable Cooperation: Roadmaps to a Resilient Society’ (SCOOP).

Uniting scholars from sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy at the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, Radboud University Nijmegen and Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), SCOOP will train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to develop evidence-based solutions to this puzzle. SCOOP will develop roadmaps for effective policy strategies and solutions for some of societies’ most pressing challenges. How can we find sustainable arrangements for the balance of work and care? How sustainable are current arrangements for the integration of newcomers in society? How can we resolve the tension between the interests of employees and other stakeholders within and outside organisations? How should responsibilities be distributed across the members of workgroups or decision-making bodies?

Already 25 PhD projects in the SCOOP research program are dedicated to these questions. In 2019, SCOOP offers positions for the following 6 new projects:

1.3 – The provision of care: decentralization and cooperation
3.3 – The emergence of sustainable care cooperatives: the role of social networks
4.3 – Volunteering for refugees in the Netherlands: Building a common identity
6.3 – Ethnic diversity, norms and networks
6.4 – Reconciling epistemic and demographic diversity
8.2 – Flexible employment in 21st century workplaces

Detailed descriptions of these new projects can be found on the SCOOP website (https://www.scoop-program.org/opportunities2).
We aim to attract outstanding PhD students who are motivated to participate in a challenging interdisciplinary research program focused on these and related questions.

Requirements
Candidates who recently graduated in history, philosophy, sociology or social psychology. Given the interdisciplinary character of the SCOOP program, graduates of related disciplines are also invited to apply. Although most applicants will have been trained in a monodisciplinary master program, we look for candidates with an open mind and open to the challenge to broaden their horizon and explore other disciplines.

Conditions of employment
We offer a temporary full-time appointment for 1 year in the first instance. After a positive evaluation the appointment will be extended to a total of 4 years maximum. A salary is offered starting at € 2,325 gross per month in the first year and increasing up to € 2,972 gross per month in the last year. There are no tuition fees.

Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, 17 April, and Thursday, 18 April, 2019. The interviews will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

How to apply
You may apply for this position until 3 March 11.59pm / before 4 March 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

You need to upload the following documents (in pdf):
• a cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position. Please also indicate the project(s) you are interested in – more than 1 preference is possible
• a detailed curriculum vitae, including relevant extra-curricular activities and work experience
• copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained
• proof of ability to communicate and write in English (certificate and/or writing sample)
• contact information of two references.

Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each.

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