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In this project, a PhD student will assess the nonresponse problem by investigating survey participation mechanisms. We welcome research ideas from different perspectives, for example: survey methodological theories, sociology, and/or linguistics. To get an in-depth understanding of survey (non)-participation, we encourage the PhD student to use quantitative as well as qualitative techniques.
The PhD student will work in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team consisting of: Dr Marieke Haan, Prof. Marijtje van Duijn (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences), Dr Yfke Ongena and Prof. John Hoeks (Faculty of Arts). You will be committed to conducting original scientific research, and will be expected to disseminate this research in academic and non-academic publications and presentations.
The PhD student is expected to:
- have a master or research master degree in for example social sciences, communication science or data science
- have had a thorough training in qualitative and quantitative research skills
- formulate a short research proposal before the start of the project, and develop this further together with the research team in the first six months of the research project
- have affinity with survey research methodology
- have a good command of spoken and written English (C1) and preferably Dutch (B1)
- be able to finish the PhD thesis in four years
- be able to show perseverance, flexibility, and have organizational and collaboration skills
- enjoy planning, taking initiatives, and academic writing
- be able and willing to work in Groningen.
Scholarship Duration and Reward
- The PhD Scholarship student will be enrolled in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receives a scholarship of €2,249 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen.
- The PhD Scholarship contract is offered for four years. A successful candidate will first be offered a temporary contract of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected.
Candidates must submit the following documents:
- a recent curriculum vitae
a letter of motivation of a maximum of two A4 pages, explaining your interest in the project and detailing your suitability for the scholarship
- a copy of your diplomas with a list of course grades
- a copy of your master thesis (or equivalent)
contact details for two to three personal references
- a research proposal of maximum 1.000 words covering: title, research question(s), short introduction, methodology, and research plan (excluding references).
Please provide the required documents in pdf format.
Method of Application
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