Postdoctoral researcher in corporate quota and gender equality (1.0 FTE) – University of Groningen

For the NWO-funded

Job Description

For the NWO-funded research project “Beyond Boardrooms: The Impact of Corporate Quota on Gender Equality in Organizations,” we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with excellent quantitative skills and a strong interest in uncovering how national policy changes affect organizational inequalities.

The Beyond Boardrooms team consists of the PI, a postdoc and a PhD student. We aim to understand the extent to which corporate quotas, a novel policy instrument used across Europe to achieve a balanced representation of women in corporate leadership, are successful in achieving broader gender equality goals. Specifically, the project examines three interrelated questions: (1) how quotas affect women’s access to managerial positions and firms’ diversity policies and practices, (2) the extent to which these effects spill over into gender pay inequality and occupational gender segregation, and (3) whether the effects of quotas spill over across firms. The project focuses on two previously unstudied quota schemes, the Corporate Diversity Target (2013-2020) and the Corporate Quota (2022-2024). We innovatively combine data sources to form a Linked Employer-Employee (LEE) on earnings, occupation, and employment history of Dutch organizational leaders and employees, business registers on firm characteristics, and a Diversity Monitor survey on organizational HR practices and policies.

In addition to research on the effects of quotas, the project aims to create a comprehensive open-access guide, the Netherlands Integrated Database of Inequality in Organizations (NIDIO), on how to build LEE data infrastructures for inequality research. Such guidelines are scarce, and NIDIO aims to be a reference for the growing community of labor market and inequality researchers using linked employer-employee register data. In addition to the scientific output, the project aims to provide insights to stakeholders (policy makers and companies) through an impact assessment report and workshops.

The main focus of the postdoc will be to conduct research on how the Dutch corporate quota affects gender-diverse hiring in high-level positions and inter-organizational spillovers. In addition, the postdoc will be involved in the supervision of PhD students and (together with the PI) will take the lead in compiling and documenting the NIDIO dataset, help organize a workshop, and contribute to the preparation of the impact assessment report for stakeholders. The postdoc will also contribute to the teaching activities of the department.


The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences excels in teaching and research in the fields of human behaviour, thinking, learning, and how people live together. We work on societal issues and problems that people experience in daily life. Central to this is individual and societal resilience and how to increase this. To this end, we focus on the topics of migration, the environment and climate, health, upbringing and education, the protection of vulnerable minorities, and sustainable partnerships.The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences employs over 800 staff members. For more information about the Faculty please check the link

The Department of Sociology is one of the four partners of the ICS (Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology), a leading research center in Dutch sociology with an excellent international reputation. Research at the Department of Sociology in Groningen is well known for its focus on advanced theory formulation and method development, systematic integration of theory and empirical research, and quantitative data collection and measurement instruments. The postdoc becomes member of research cluster Sustainable Cooperation, Institution, and Organizations.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

– a PhD degree (finished or close to completion) in Sociology or a related discipline
– a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish international academic publications, preferably in high-tier peer-reviewed journals
– experience working with linked employer-employee (LEE) register data and high-level data management and data analytical skills
– excellent command of the English language
– ability to work independently and manage joint research activities;
– a team player with strong communication skills
– demonstrable competences as conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting and result orientation.

Conditions of Employment

Fixed-term contract: 24 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

– depending on qualifications and work experience, a salary of € 2,960 to a maximum of € 4,670 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
– a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
– attractive secondary terms of employment
– the position is classified in accordance with the University Job Classification (UFO) system; the UFO profile is Researcher 4
– a temporary contract for a period of one year. After a positive result and development interview at the end of this year the contract will be extended for a period of 2 years.

Intended starting date: October 2023

Additional Information

For more information please contact dr. Zoltán Lippényi:
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