PhD in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology

PhD in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology

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Position description

The Faculty Social Sciences & Solvay Business School, Department Sociologie, is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.

More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains:

  • You mainly conduct research with a view to obtaining a doctorate or dissertation.

Research topic: You must concretize the research component of this vacancy in consultation with a supervisor (see below) in the first months after appointment. The doctoral research should be a sociological topic with a strong empirical and theoretical component – and should correspond to the field of expertise of the candidate promoters mentioned below.

This means that the research topic is preferably situated within the fields of health sociology, social epidemiology, sociology of childhood, sociology of inequality and stratification, sociology of social mobility or sociology of the life course. A combination of these subjects is also possible.

For inspiration, the following core publications of the mentioned promoters can be consulted:

De Grande H, Vandenheede H, Deboosere P. Educational Inequalities in the Transition to Adulthood in Belgium: The Impact of Intergenerational Mobility on Young-Adult Mortality in 2001-2009, PLoS One. 2015;10(12): e0142104. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142104;

Vandebroeck, D. (2021). Making Sense of the Social, Making the ‘Social Sense’: The Development of Children’s Perception and Judgement of Social Class. Sociology, 55(4), 696-715;

Verhaeghe, P.P., Van der Bracht, K., Van de Putte, B. (2015). Inequalities in social capital and their longitudinal effects on the labour market entry. Social Networks, 40, 174-184.

  • You will be involved in the teaching of the department and in particular in the supervision of methodological subjects in the Bachelor of Social Sciences. The language of instruction in this programme is English. In consultation with the teaching team, you will take on teaching duties within a selection of the following subjects:

-Statistics for the Social Sciences

-Seminar Current Issues 1 & Seminar Current Issues 2

  • You will contribute to the daily functioning of the department and the Bachelor in the Social Sciences programme.

For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.


What do we expect from you?

    • You have a Master’s degree in sociology or a related social science (e.g. political science, communication sciences, applied statistics).
    • Candidates who recently graduated or students who will graduate by the end of June 2022 are encouraged to apply.
    • You have an excellent knowledge of English and you find it no problem to teach in English, to supervise students and to communicate in writing and orally.
    • Knowledge of Dutch is an asset, but not a requirement.
    • You have strong skills regarding quantitative research methods and look forward to teaching about them with enthusiasm.
    • You are a motivated researcher. Some professional experience with scientific research is an asset, but not a requirement.
  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.


Are you going to be our new colleague?

You’ll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship, for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 15/09/2022.

You’ll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.

IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.

At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).


Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?

Send us ONLINE and at the latest on 01/07/2022 your CV, letter of motivation which has to include a short description of a possible research topic that is related to the above-described topic (+/- 1p) and the highest degree you’ve attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).

Do you have questions about the job content? Contact prof. Christophe Vanroelen at or on 0032 (0) 497 40 48 28.

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