Junior researcher at NIDI / KNAW (deadline 19 December 2023)

Junior researcher at NIDI / KNAW (deadline 19 December 2023)

(0,8 to 1,0 FTE)

Are you enthusiastic about working with impactful survey data? Do you have excellent data analysis skills? Do you want to gain a unique experience in working for an international research infrastructure? We are looking for a junior researcher to join our team.


What is the GGP?

The Generations and Gender Programme 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 Junior Researcher

We are looking for a new team member who can assist with fieldwork tasks and the daily operations of the Central Hub. This will include:

  • coding and testing the survey questionnaire
  • assisting national teams with data collection
  • helping monitor the fieldwork and assessing data quality
  • supporting the work of the Central Hub as needed


What are we expecting?

We are seeking a dynamic and versatile candidate, who can support the work of the Central Hub and can adapt quickly to changing priorities. We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications

  • Recently completed a Research Master in social sciences, or another relevant discipline;
  • Good knowledge of Stata; familiarity with R or Python is a plus
  • Experience in working with large-scale (longitudinal) survey data (e.g. GGS, SHARE);
  • Strong technical affinity and the ability to quickly learn and adapt to new software tools and technologies
  • Keen eye for detail combined with reliable organizational skill
  • Highly adaptable and able to manage changing priorities with ease
  • Eagerness to learn and take on new challenges
  • Strong communication skills in the English language (written and oral)


What we offer

We offer an entry-level position for those starting their (academic) career journey by providing:

  • a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment in an international research team
  • opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conducting fieldwork and survey implementation, enhancing your skills and expertise in a high-quality research infrastructure
  • 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 as soon as possible (ideally 1 February 2024 or earlier but no later than 1 March 2024). 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.


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

This is for an initial contract of 12 months. This may be followed by another contract for a maximum of up to a total of 4 years (including the initial contract). This will be dependent on funding and performance.

Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is between € XXX  and the maximum salary is € XXX gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 9 of 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).

Non Dutch applicants are required to relocate to The Netherlands. If and when necessary, NIDI will apply for the residence permit. Non Dutch employees may qualify for a Tax break (30% Ruling).

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.


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 19 December 2023. The interviews for this position have been provisionally scheduled for 4 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).

For additional information you may contact Dr. Siyang Kong (kong [at]nidi.nl).


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