Vacancy PhD student

PhD student (OIO) (m/f)

Project: The intergenerational transmission of abuse
Appointment:                                      40 hours per week
Starting date:                                       as soon as possible
Educational requirements:            MA in Social Science
Maximum salary (month):            € 2,141. — (1st year) – € 2,743.– (4th year)

Closing date for applications:                   May 1, 2012

The position
As a PhD student at the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, you will be a part of a small scientific staff. You will become part of a multidisciplinary project that explores the intergenerational transmission of family violence. As is known, neglect and abuse is sometimes transmitted from generation to generation, but it is unclear how this transmission actually takes place and which factors play a role. Does this mainly have a genetic background, are factors in the environment involved or is it the interaction between the two? We try to answer this question in a family study that includes three generations in a multiplex, multigenerational and case-control design. You will be part of the multidisciplinary research team in this project. Your main focus will be with the older generation and on the qualitative research methods that are involved in this project, but you will also be involved in the other parts of the research project.

Your profile
You hold a MA in Social Science. You are well-acquainted with qualitative research methods and interview methods. Besides, you have interest in dealing with other research methods such as questionnaires and observational techniques. You are able to work independently and in a team and you possess excellent communication skills, including fluently written and spoken Dutch and English. You are able to take initiative, you are enthusiastic and inquisitive and you have the creative skills to find solutions, though with a critical eye for your work.
A flexible work approach and ability to cope with stress is essential and you will be expected to present and publish your findings.  We may expect you to assist in organizing an international conference on the project topic.

We offer
You will be employed on a 40-hour week basis. The appointment is for 4 years. After 1 year the employment relationship will be appraised and either of the parties may then indicate whether the relationship is to be continued, with stating the reason(s).
The terms of employment offered by the Leyden Academy are highly favorable. For example, you will receive a 8% holiday remuneration, a year-end bonus and an individual pension arrangement.

More information
If you have any questions, or if you want more information on this position, please contact mrs. dr. J. Lindenberg, e-mail:

If you are interested in this job and you meet the requirements stated in this job profile, we encourage you to apply. You can do so by letter or by e-mail. After selection, a minimum of two interviews will be conducted via Video Conferencing or at the Leyden Academy, the Netherlands (depending on your present residency).

– Send an e-mail, stating your reasons for applying (letter of motivation) to Include your CV and your MA thesis (or other written work).
– Send a letter, stating your reasons for applying and including your CV and MA thesis (or other written work), to Leyden Academy, f.a.o. mrs. B.B. Vlek-Schmale, Rijnsburgerweg 1o, 2333 AA LEIDEN, the Netherlands.