Gepubliceerd op 10-04-2017

Vacature: PhD Position Giants of the Modern World (Deadline 4 May)

Voor 0.8 – 1.0 fte
Vacaturenummer 17100
VU onderdeel: Extern

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises ten faculties. The campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas area of Amsterdam), providing work for over 4,500 employees and academic education for more than 23,000 students. 
The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences is responsible for various Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. The Faculty focuses on a number of research areas, ranging from health care to the environmental sciences. The facilities for conducting research are excellent, and there is extensive collaboration with prominent scientific institutes and partners internationally. 
This project is to be conducted in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team in the Department of Health Sciences and of Economics at the VU University, Amsterdam, and includes partners in social and demographic economic history of the Department of Economic, Social and Demographic History, Radboud University Nijmegen, and of the Department of Economic and Social History, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Free competition). 
Project Description 
The overall aim of the project is to understand the remarkable growth in stature that The Netherlands experienced during the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries, which resulted in making the Dutch the tallest people on earth. Two PhD students and one postdoc will be involved in the project. This specific PhD-project is about the relationship between young adult height and later life demographic, economic and health outcomes. More specifically, the project will address questions like: is there an impact of height on success in the marriage market and fertility outcomes? Is there a (causal) effect of height on socio-economic success? These links may promote a ‘virtuous’ cycle of health and economic development, which might (partly) explain why the Dutch have become such giants. We will make use of extraordinary and innovative databases covering the full life cycle of about 80.000 Dutch individuals born between 1811 and 1922 (Historical Sample of the Netherlands). These databases are currently merged with information on heights of conscripts and of their male kin. 

Job description 
The candidate’s main task is to do research and write academic papers using the large historical databases. The aim is to present these papers at international conferences and published them in academic journals. These papers together will constitute the PhD-thesis. 
The PhD candidate is an ambitious and talented student with a master degree in the field of economics, econometrics, or (social-economic) history. He or she has an extensive knowledge of statistical methods, an excellent command of the English Language and, at least, a basic knowledge of Dutch. The candidate should also have affinity with working in an interdisciplinary team composed of economists, econometricians, and historians. 
About the appointment 
The initial appointment is for a period of 1 year. After this period there is a possibility for an extension of 36 months. You may find information about our excellent fringe benefits at www.workingatvu.nl
• Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance; 
• Participation in a solid pension scheme (ABP); 
• A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment; 
• A generous commuting allowance (65%) based on public transport. 
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.191,– gross per month during the first year and increases to € 2.801,– gross per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. 
For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. dr. M. Lindeboom (m.lindeboom@vu.nl) or dr. F. Portrait (f.r.m.portrait@vu.nl).   
To apply for this PhD position please submit the following documents by email before May 4th 2017: a motivation letter, your CV, a scan of your Bachelor and Master certificates including grade lists, and – if available – an English written thesis or research paper. 
If you have not completed your program/degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion of your degree. Please send all your documents in PDF or doc(x) format. Only complete applications will be considered. 
Applications can be addressed to dr. F. Portrait via sollicitaties.agw.falw@vu.nl. Please do not forget to mention the vacancy number in the email header. 
Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

More information and application: www.vu.nl/nl/werken-bij-de-vu/

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