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What keeps cooperation going?

Resilient societies succeed in maintaining high levels of care, work and inclusion, despite the manifold challenges posed by changing circumstances, which currently range from an aging population to climate change. Key to a society’s resilience is its ability to sustain cooperation within and between families, organizations, and communities. But why is it that some cooperative arrangements thrive, whereas others fall into decay? This puzzle of sustainable cooperation is at the core of the SCOOP program. Uniting scholars from sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy, SCOOP will train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to develop evidence-based solutions to this puzzle. SCOOP will develop roadmaps for effective policy strategies and solutions for some of societies’ most pressing challenges:

  • How can we find sustainable arrangements for the balance of work and care?
  • How sustainable are current attempts to integrate newcomers in society?
  • How can we resolve the tension between the interests of employees and other partners within and outside organisations?
  • How to distribute responsibilities across the members of workgroups or decision-making bodies?

We aim to attract excellent PhD students who like to participate in a challenging interdisciplinary research program focused on these and related questions.

More than 60 PhD and Postdoc projects in the SCOOP research program will be dedicated to these questions. About 20 PhD projects have started already, or are starting in September 2018. We are now inviting applications for a new group of 11 PhD projects. In addition, there are vacancies for two postdoc positions (two years). You can find detailed descriptions of these projects on the SCOOP website.

List of Projects

1: The Provision of Care: Decentralization and Cooperation

2: Volunteering for refugees in the Netherlands: Building a common identity 

3: Connecting Organizational Stakeholders: Corporate Values and Business Practices 

4: Shared Values as a Means to Resolve Identity Conflicts 

5: Secure and Precarious Employment and Cooperative Tendencies in Workplaces 

6: Collaborations Between Schools and Workplaces across two Centuries 

7: Social Networks and Prosocial Work Behaviour of Men and Women 

8: The CEO and the Employee: a Widening Gap? 

9: Reconciling Employee Interests: Migrant Workers’ Workplace Participation 

10: Platform Cooperatives: Are User-Owned and User-Governed Platforms Viable? 

11: Mobilizing Households for a Sustainable Energy Transition 

Postdoc 1: Designing Social Network Interventions for Sustainable Joint Production in a Diverse Team 

Postdoc 2: Addressing Intergroup Inequality by Invoking the Moral Responsibility of the Powerful 

Organisation

SCOOP is a research and training center dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. The center connects research groups from sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, public administration, research methods, and statistics. In May 2017, the research program ‘Sustainable Cooperation – Roadmaps to a Resilient Society’ was awarded a research grant in the NWO Gravitation program

The SCOOP program is carried out at the universities of Groningen and Utrecht, but also at Amsterdam VU, Rotterdam, and Nijmegen. Candidates will be employed at one of these universities. They will participate in an interdisciplinary inter-university SCOOP training program, while working on their own project in close collaboration with colleague PhDs, under supervision of an interdisciplinary team of senior researchers.

Requirements

Candidates who graduated in one of the social and behavioural sciences or in history or philosophy are invited to apply. Given the interdisciplinary character of the SCOOP program, graduates of other disciplines are also invited to apply. Although most applicants will have been trained in a mono-disciplinary master program, we look for candidates with an open mind and open to the challenge to broaden their horizon and explore other disciplines.

Applicants for a Postdoc position need to have a completed PhD at the start of the project, preferrably in one of the Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities.

Conditions of Employment

For PhD-projects we offer a temporary full-time appointment for one year in the first instance. After a positive evaluation the appointment will be extended to a total of four years maximum. A salary is offered starting at 2222,- Euro per months (gross) in the first year and growing up to 2840,- Euro (gross) in the last year. There are no tuition fees.

Salaries for Postdoctoral researchers depend on qualifications and work experience, and range between € 3,111 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,084 gross per month (salary scale 10 Dutch Universities) for a full-time position excluding a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end of the year bonus. The UFO-profile Researcher (scale 10) applies.

We envision these projects to start between November 2018 and January 2019.

Additional information

Extensive information on the SCOOP program and the available PhD projects can be found elsewhere on the SCOOP website.

How to apply

Applications, online only through the University of Groningen website, can be submitted up to and including June 21st, 2018. Interviews will be conducted on August 30 and 31, 2018.

Application

If you want to apply for a PhD-position, click here. You need to upload the following documents (in pdf):

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position. Please also indicate the project(s) you are passionate about – more than 1 preference is possible. Please use the following format: project number first preference / project number second preference / project number third preference.
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including relevant extra-curricular activities and work experience
  • Copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained
  • Proof of ability to communicate and write in English
  • Contact information of two references

If you want to apply for a Postdoc position, click here. You need to upload the following documents (in pdf):

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position. 
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including relevant extra-curricular activities and work experience
  • 2 recent publications or papers in preparation
  • Copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained
  • Proof of ability to communicate and write in English
  • Contact information of two references

Please keep imind: you can upload only documents up to 2MB each.

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