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Internship on the analysis of paradata in a web survey

The Generations & Gender Programme (GGP) is a social science infrastructure providing scientists and policymakers with high quality and timely data about families and life course trajectories of individuals. The GGP is coordinated by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) which is the national demographic institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2020 the GGP initiated a new round of fieldwork. The major mode of data collection in the majority of participating countries is currently a web survey developed and processed in Blaise 5, their Computer-Assisted Interviewing system and survey processing tool. Apart from substantive data, extensive device-type and questionnaire navigation paradata is available.


They are now looking for a master or PhD student who will analyse the paradata collected so far. They are interested in insights based on higher levels of aggregation of paradata (across respondents and/or variables). In particular, they are seeking information concerning: browser used to take the survey, the device type and its operating system; changes in answers; number of error messages/prompts/data validation messages; response latency; break-offs.


The duration and intensity of the internship is flexible, but they would prefer a candidate who could start as soon as possible.  The internship could be a stand-alone piece but could be linked to a thesis. Research collaboration might also result in the intern’s co-authorship of a paper.


They are looking for candidates:


  • who are current master or PhD students in a relevant field of study (social sciences, data sciences, statistics or methodology);
  • interested in the field of survey methodology and data science;
  • with advanced skills in statistical computing and expert knowledge of statistical software (preferably R and Stata), experienced in processing large volumes of data.

If you are interested in this position, please send the following information to the director of NIDI, prof. dr. Helga A.G. de Valk at recruitment [at] nidi.nl:


  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter (max 1 page) explaining the motivation for this position, your time availability, as well as prior training and experience in research methods including quantitative data analysis.

Note that this job listing will remain open until the position is filled. Further information on the GGP and NIDI can be found at www.ggp-i.org and www.nidi.nl. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, this internship is currently only opened to students who are based in the Netherlands. The institute is currently requiring all staff to work from home. It is expected that the internship will also be done from home.

More information
Country: 
Netherlands
Institution: 
The Generations & Gender Programme
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If you have any further questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact Wojciech Jablonski (jablonski [at] nidi.nl).