Senior Survey Researcher at NIDI / KNAW

Senior Survey Researcher at NIDI / KNAW (deadline 22 January 2024) – apply here

0,8 to 1,0 FTE

Do you have an expertise in survey methodology? Do you have great computing skills? We are looking for a senior survey researcher for our Generations and Gender Survey. This is a great opportunity to work in a top-rated international research infrastructure.


What is the GGP?

The Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) is a cross-national research infrastructure for high-quality, open-access data about population and family dynamics. The main component is the Generation & Gender Survey (GGS) – a unique longitudinal data source on families and people’s life courses across different countries. Currently, new data is being collected in several European, Asian, and South-American countries.

The GGP Central Hub is part of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and located in the center of The Hague. It is responsible for the day-to-day management of the GGP, which includes providing support to national teams in collecting GGS data, and processing the collected data for release to the scientific community.

What are we looking for?

The Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) currently has a vacancy for a Senior Survey Researcher. We are looking for a new team member who not only possesses the expertise to effectively assist with survey fieldwork tasks but is also capable of driving the upgrade of our survey fieldwork operations. The role will encompass a range of responsibilities at the Central Hub, including:

  • Assisting national teams with survey fieldwork preperations and providing them with survey methodology advice;
  • Helping monitor the survey fieldwork and assessing data quality;
  • Innovating and refining our survey fieldwork operations, particularly within the Blaise platform;
  • Coding and testing the survey instrument;
  • Supporting the work of the Central Hub as needed.

What we expect from you

We are seeking a dynamic and versatile candidate who can adapt quickly to changing priorities. We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in social sciences, or another relevant discipline (or Master degree with additional relevant years of experience) and expertise in survey methodology;
  • Good knowledge of Stata and familiarity with R or Python;
  • Experience in working with large-scale (longitudinal) survey data (e.g. GGS, SHARE);
  • Strong technical affinity and the ability to quickly learn and improve our Blaise-based survey fieldwork system;
  • Highly adaptable and able to manage changing priorities with ease;
  • Prior survey fieldwork experience is an asset;
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies and trends in survey fieldwork operations is a plus;
  • To work for the KNAW, it is a requirement that you reside in the Netherlands as of the date of employment;
  • Strong communication skills in the English language (written and oral).

What we offer

We offer a postdoc -level position by providing:

  • a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment in an international research team
  • opportunity to develop your professional profile, gain valuable work experience, and achieve professional growth
  • chance to build a professional network with peers and colleagues in the academic research community
  • flexibility to pursue research interests and ideas using GGS data

The candidate is expected to start on the 1st of March 2024 or as soon as possible after. Junior candidates with significant survey research experience or significant technical skills may be also considered if no suitable senior candidate is found. The appointment will be for a period of 12 months. Any extension will be contingent on performance, availability of funds, and the human resource needs of the infrastructure. Dutch law stipulates a maximum of 4 years in total for a temporary research-based contract.

To apply

Candidates are invited to submit their application in English. Applications must include:

  • A motivation letter (max 2 pages);
  • A curriculum vitae (including the names of two referees).

The deadline for submitting the application is 22 January 2024. The interviews for this position have been provisionally scheduled for 30 January 2024. A second round of interviews may be part of the selection procedure. Please address your application to the director of NIDI, prof. dr. H.A.G. de Valk. (using Academic Transfer or

If you have any further questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact Anne Gauthier (

About NIDI

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.

Terms of employment

To work for the KNAW, it is a requirement that you reside in the Netherlands as of the date of employment.

Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is 3.226 and the maximum salary is 5.929 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10 or 11 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). If experience or education requires so, we are able to offer employment within salary 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: werken bij de KNAW.

Diversity & Inclusion

The KNAW considers 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.

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