You are here

Study and Career

Postdoctoral Researcher for the project ‘Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood - GENPARENT'

Job description

The Department of Sociology has a job opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher for the project ‘Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood. A multi-method comparative study of the transition to parenthood in same-sex and different-sex couples’. This project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme as an ERC Consolidator Grant (No 771770) to principal investigator Marie Evertsson. The GENPARENT project applies an inclusive, internationally comparative approach to families in order to study the division of care and work and its career-related consequences. It focuses on the transition to parenthood in different-sex and same-sex couples in four Nordic countries; Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland; the Netherlands and the US. The analyses draw on unique, population register data and surveys, as well as longitudinal, in-depth interviews with couples.

In the Dutch team, coordinated by Dr. Eva Jaspers, these issues will be investigated through advanced quantitative analyses of (mainly Dutch) large-scale administrative data and, to some extent, surveys. The Postdoc will be part of an international team (including two PhD students, two Postdocs and three senior researchers; see About-Us Genparent. The Postdoc will focus on preparing, coding and analyzing Dutch data and is expected to work on Dutch as well as internationally comparative studies on the topic together with GENPARENT team members. The Postdoc is expected to contribute to GENPARENT group meetings and workshops as well. The vacant position includes some educational tasks within the Department of Sociology (0.2 FTE).



The position involves 80% research activities and 20% educational tasks within the Department of Sociology.

The core tasks:

  • Publishing research findings in (high impact) international scientific journals; 
  • Presenting and disseminating the research project results to academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Being involved in the GENPARENT group meetings and workshops;
  • Contributing to the overall outcomes of the research project;
  • Teaching tasks may include teaching on bachelor and master-level courses. 



They are looking for a researcher with a quantitative background, who recently finished their PhD in sociology or a related social science, preferably on a theme linked to the project’s research topics (e.g. social inequality, family sociology, gender, parenthood, division of paid work and care, or labour market issues).

Furthermore your suitability is ideally exemplified by:

  • affinity with theory-driven empirical research;
  • strong quantitative analytical skills;
  • experience with analyzing large scale administrative data and survey data;
  • knowledge of the labour market and social security systems, especially in The Netherlands;
  • a proven track record in writing high quality academic papers;
  • proficiency in Dutch and English (CEFR level C1 or C2);
  • affinity with, and some experience in, teaching in higher education.



They offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for two years. The gross salary starts at €3,746 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


Additional information

They aim to be able to fill the position by 1 April 2021. Interviews are scheduled for the last week of February.

Utrecht University Logo
More information
Utrecht University

For additional information, please contact by email E. Janssen MSc., via e.janssen [at] (for procedural matters) or Dr. E. Jaspers, via e.jaspers [at] (regarding the content of the vacancy).