Postdoctoral research position Data and Policies (GGP/NIDI) for 3 years

Postdoctoral research position Data and Policies (GGP/NIDI) for 3 years Apply 

Do you have an interest in the future of young people in Europe? Do you have experience using data from the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS)? We are looking for a research fellow to work in a newly EU-funded project involving 30 other partners. This position is particularly well suited for people who have an excellent knowledge of European data (including GSS, ESS, EVS) and who are interested in linking data and policies.

The key tasks will be to contribute to disseminating the existing survey data on young people in Europe to a wider policy audience and providing empirical evidence to monitor progress towards a greener, healthier, stronger, more digital, and more equal Europe. This will require excellent knowledge of the GGS data, close collaboration with scientists from various disciplines, and the ability to make connections with EU policies. 

This is a 3-year position (with an initial 12 month appointment). We are looking for a senior post-doc (4 to 7 years since the PhD) with an excellent knowledge of the GGS (or a similar survey).

About the new project
The position is part of the newly EU-funded Infra4NextGen European project (Providing research infrastructure services to support Next Generation EU). This project is led by the European Social Survey (ESS-ERIC).

The aim of the project is to harness outputs from key social science research infrastructures in Europe and other reliable sources to support the aims of the ‘Next Generation EU’ programme and to inform EU youth policy. The core of the proposal is a set of existing research ‘services’, which will be repurposed and customized to focus directly on the five themes: Make it Green, Make it Digital, Make it Healthy, Make it Strong, and Make it Equal.

What will you do?
The GGP postdoctoral researcher (research fellow) will work closely with their counterparts from the European Social Survey and the European Value Study. The Fellows will form the ‘engine room’ of the project. In addition to ensuring the data summary deliverables in the Next Generation EU areas, they will also work with other Work Packages to ensure their work feeds effectively into those deliverables.

In addition, the GGP fellow will lead Work Package 4 (Activities and Resources to support the Make it Healthy pillar) and Work Package 5 (Activities and Resources to support the Make it Strong pillar). He/she/they will also work closely with the new Youth Board.

This position of Research Fellow offers a unique opportunity to work at the juncture of data and policy, to expand your international exposure & experience and to gain valuable experience in leading a work package. Moreover, the position being embedded in the GGP and NIDI, it offers opportunities to work in a scientific environment and to further develop your own research on a topic related to youth and young people in Europe.

About the GGP and NIDI
This position is part of the Generations and Gender Programme located at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI).

The Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) is an international research infrastructure devoted to the study of population and family dynamics. The aim is to provide high-quality and cross-nationally comparable longitudinal data to answer pressing scientific and societal challenges on population and family dynamics. It is based on the collection, documentation, and dissemination of data from large-scale nationally representative surveys from Europe and beyond. It provides data on the transitions to adulthood, family dynamics, fertility decisions, work-life balance, well-being, and intergenerational exchanges. The GGP data have a high scientific impact and provide support for empirically-informed policies on families and population. As a research infrastructure, the GGP also supports multidisciplinary collaboration in the field of population studies, data innovation and survey methodology.

The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) is a leading European demographic research institute. NIDI is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and affiliated with the University of Groningen. It is located in the center of The Hague providing a unique and stimulating research environment in the broad field of population studies. Currently the staff of the institute consists of about 65 employees of different levels of seniority and organized in a rather horizontal structure within four thematic research groups. The working environment is highly international and NIDI provides ample opportunities for training and development.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:


  1. PhD in sociology, demography, political science or other relevant discipline
  2. Excellent knowledge of the GGS or similar survey (as a data user or fieldworker)
  3. Publications in substantive fields related to the themes covered in the GGS and the new project (especially on young adults)


  1. Experience in dissemination and networking activities
  2. Supervision or coordination experience

A successful applicant will have excellent communication skills with different stakeholders, as well as have the ability to work in a team. The ability to handle rapid changes in priorities is a must. It is also necessary to have an excellent command of the English language, both written and oral, as this project’s main language is English.

Note that ideally we are looking for candidates who completed their PhD 4 to 7 years ago. Candidates who more recently completed their PhD are eligible but would need to demonstrate that they meet the other criteria, including having capability to lead a work package


Fixed-term contract: One plus two years.

Terms of employment
We are looking to fill this position for a period of three years, where the first year will be on a separate contract. Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is € 4,494 and the maximum salary is € 5,929 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 11 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page:

Diversity & Inclusion
NIDI and the KNAW consider a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

We will not respond to any supplier enquiries based on this job advertisement.

To apply
Please apply via Academic Transfer:


For additional information you may contact Prof. dr. Anne H. Gauthier (
If you wish to have more information on NIDI, please visit our website at:

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