Postdoctoral Researcher in Sport Sociology and Inequality in Sport Participation under COVID-19

Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences


Postdoctoral Researcher in Sport Sociology and Inequality in Sport Participation under COVID-19

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,127
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 21 October 2020

We are looking for

The Sociology Department at Radboud University seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to further strengthen its research in sport sociology and inequality in sport participation and active living. This research position is part of a 2-year research project on 'Inequality in sport and physical activity under COVID19: Importance of sport for a resilient society' funded by ZonMw. We are looking for candidates with experience within the domain of inequality and active lifestyle or sport participation. The project provides ample opportunities for data collection and sophisticated quantitative analyses of existing datasets. As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be responsible for the tasks described in work package 1 of the attached research proposal. In addition you will be part of the project team and contribute to the general progress, outreach and impact of the project. 

You will be expected to:
  • Perform and publish top-quality research on the topic of social inequality and sport participation.
  • Collaborate with researchers from the Sociology Department and with external scholars.
  • Perform minor teaching tasks in collaboration with a staff member.
  • Be an inspiring member of our staff.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in sociology, or an associated social science field. If you are close to completing your PhD, please state the defence date.
  • An excellent track record in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • Good social, communication and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, advanced research methods and techniques.
  • Expertise in teaching at an academic level.

We are

The position will be embedded in the Sociology Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The research in this position will align with the research programme of the Radboud Social Cultural Research institute (RCSR). The faculty's ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands. The Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest faculty at Radboud University, with a total of around 4,500 students spread over three educational institutions. 

The overall aim of the Radboud Social Cultural Research institute (RSCR) is to contribute innovative knowledge to the scientific and social community by performing comparative research. The rationale behind this focus on comparative research is that it puts societal phenomena and processes into perspective and therefore provides insights into, and explanations of, similarities and differences. RSCR consists of two research groups in (a) sociology and (b) cultural anthropology and development studies respectively.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 December 2020.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Remco Hoekman, Senior Researcher of the Department of Sociology
Tel.: +31 6 12 02 00 82

Gerbert Kraaykamp, Professor and Director RSCR

Apply directly

Please address your application to Remco Hoekman and submit it, using the application button, no later than 21 October 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.
The first round of interviews will take place on 5 November 2020.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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