Post Doc in Precariousness

Catholic University of Leuven


For the Centre for Sociological Research, Unit Work and Organisations and Social Research Methodology, we are looking for a Post-doc for contributing to the ERC-funded study on the 'Precariousness across the paid/unpaid work continuum in Europe'.


ResPecTMe will generate a new theoretical model of, and a measurement approach and monitoring tools for, precariousness at the paid and unpaid work continuum. By uncovering the unpaid activities that increasingly underlie paid employment as a source of ‘value’ creation in the labour market, ResPecTMe will generate a novel scientific perspective which breaks the paid/unpaid distinction, and rethinks precariousness on the paid/unpaid work continuum. 
The successful applicant will work together with the other members of the team and under the supervision of prof. Valeria Pulignano and prof. Bart Meuleman.
The Post-Doc will be based at the faculty of Social Sciences, on a pleasant campus in the heart of Leuven.


  • A PhD in sociology, labour and/or organization studies, research methodology, political science, economics psychology or related social science disciplines;
  • Leadership and academic independency;
  • Theoretical sensitivity for societal issues and excellent theoretical and analytical skills;
  • International publications in highly-ranked IF journals as well as monographs and chapters in international books in the field of social science;
  • Research grants, award and prizes (depending on the seniority of the PhD holder) are an advantage;
  • Excellent skills in quantitative research, in particular survey methodology;
  • Excellent knowledge about national probability panels data, cross-national comparative research and multi-indicator measurement;
  • Excellent knowledge of work, that is, in the field(s) of employment (industrial) relations systems/labour market;
  • Prior knowledge on the topic of precarious work and/or the online economy, creative industries and care work is an advantage;
  • Excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills;
  • Excellent academic writing skills;
  • Excellent ability to analyze and synthesize complex scientific theories and indicator measurements techniques;
  • Willingness to cooperate in an interdisciplinary team while at the same time able to work creatively and independently;
  • Strong motivation to engage in a Post-Doc position and in empirical research and  theory building.


A 12 months full-time appointment to start with, to be extended with a further 30 months (for a total of 3 years and half) contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first and the second year.


Application must include, in a single PDF file:
° Your full curriculum vitae;
° A letter of motivation;
° Two letters of references from academics;
° Copies of your university-level qualifications and marks to date;
° One or two academic writing samples (if available) from your most recent qualification, preferably in English.
Selected applicants will be called for an interview. The job will start 1st October 2021

For more information please contact prof. dr. Valeria Pulignano, tel.: +32 16 32 31 62, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than April 18, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 18, 2021
  • Tags: Sociologie

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