The chair Social Conflict & Change (SCC) within the Sociology department at the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU University Amsterdam has a vacancy for a PostDoc position.

For 1,0 fte Vacancy number 1.2010.00xxx


Fighting at the Fault lines of Society is a project funded by the NWO within the Conflict and Security Program. The central question of the project reads: Why do people protest (or not) and by which organizations are they mobilised (or not), and how does that relate to cleavages socio-political conflicts reflect? This project examines street demonstrations through the lens of cleavage theory. The PostDoc will exploit a dataset to be accumulated in the course of an ESF-funded project (08-ESF-001, ‘Caught in the act of protest. Contextualizing Contestation (CCC)’. This multilevel dataset aims to collect data of 100 demonstrations in 7 countries encompassing information on mobilizing actors, participants, and socio-political context. Being the largest multilevel database ever accumulated on protest participation it offers a unique opportunity to analyse various levels of conflicts. The specific objective of this PostDoc project is to employ the overall design by developing and testing a multilevel theoretical framework on protest participation.

The Social Conflict and Change cluster within the Sociology department at VU University will be the setting of the Postdoc. S/he is embedded in an inspiring and strong research group of 19 researchers headed by Professor Bert Klandermans and staffed by among others Jacquelien van Stekelenburg and 11 PhDs, 6 of whom are supervised by Klandermans/Van Stekelenburg. The Postdoc will also participate in the CCC team. This team pools interdisciplinary renowned experts, consisting of social psychologists, political scientists, and sociologists.


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in social sciences who can start January the 1st 2011 at the latest. Note that NWO requires that the candidate has defended his/her dissertation before this date. The PostDoc should have a strong scientific track record, preferably a demonstrable interest in social movements, political protest and protest participation and is experienced in quantitative research methods (preferably Multi-level Analyses). Because of the multi-disciplinary character of the group, we expect the candidates to be open-minded about different theoretical and methodological approaches and to be interested in working in a group of people from different disciplines.


• To develop and test a multilevel theoretical framework on protest participation, leading to publications in international journals;

• Participate in coordinating tasks in the management of the CCC project;

• Participate in co-supervision of PhD students.

Further specifications

A contract of employment is offered initially for a period of one year. Satisfactory performance is subject to an appointment for another year. Further information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment can be found at


The salary amounts to € 2.923,= gross (scale 10.5) to € 3.755,= gross (maximum scale 10) a month depending on experience, based on full-time employment. Information and application Further information about this vacancy and the proposal can be obtained from dr. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, e-mail j.van.stekelenburg(at) Applications (cover letter and curriculum vitae), mentioning the vacancy number in the header or at the top left of the letter and envelope, should be submitted before the 15th of October 2010 to VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, attn. mrs. drs. M. Karssen, directeur bedrijfsvoering, de Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam or by e-mail: vacature.soc.fswc(at) .

Toward the end of October candidates will be invited for a job interview. The candidates who are invited for a job interview will be asked to write a sketch of how they would elaborate on the outlined research project (500-1000 words in English or Dutch). Job interviews will take place on Thursday and Friday 4 & 5 November 2010.