27 April 2020

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The starting date for the position is 1 October 2020.

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The Centre for Sociological Research at Leuven University (CeSO) is recruiting a PhD candidate for a study of unconditional basic income.


The Centre for Sociological Research at Leuven University (CeSO) is recruiting a PhD candidate for a study of unconditional basic income. The BABEL project (BAsic income in BELgium) aims to conduct exciting empirical research into the effects of BI. The project has several objectives. First, it aims to investigate the actual labour supply effects of BI. To this end, administrative data will be matched with data on what gets closest to a real world basic income situation: the Belgian Win-for-Life lottery. Second, by carrying out factorial vignette experiments, the project aims to gain deeper insight into public support for the implementation of a variety of basic income schemes in Belgium, and whether and to what extent public support for basic income schemes depends on the outcomes, financing and implementation details. Third, BABEL will pay due attention to the on-the-ground implementation and the technical and administrative feasibility of a selection of basic income policy proposals, and it will gauge to what extent political parties and social partners as gatekeepers in the Belgian welfare state are willing to support the implementation of these schemes. Finally, the project will present a blueprint of pathways for the implementation of a basic income in Belgium.

  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology or another social science discipline (preference will be given to honours degrees);
  • strong skills in statistical data analysis (experience with quasi-experimental designs is an asset), experience in using large databases, and good knowledge of software packages such as, for example, Stata, R or SAS;
  • knowledge of qualitative research methods in social sciences (e.g. semi-structured interviews, focus groups) is beneficial
  • an interest in topics such as social inequality, the effect of social policies on labour market participation and poverty, and attitudes towards the welfare state
  • sound speaking and writing competences in English and Dutch, preferably also basic knowledge of French (where Dutch language skills are lacking, the candidate is expected to learn the language)
  • a sense of independence, a creative mind, a strong motivation to work in an international and multilingual team
  • contribution to an innovative and interesting research project that is highly relevant to society and involves an interdisciplinary cooperation across various Belgian universities
  • an inspiring, stimulating and supportive working environment with good working facilities
  • a full-time position, initially for 1 year but extendable to a maximum of 4 years subject to evaluation
  • a monthly PhD scholarship of 2,000 euros net (depending on your family situation and existing years of work experience), a hospitalisation insurance, contributions to the Belgian social security system, and additional boni and benefits
  • opportunities to further develop your research and professional skills (KU Leuven Career Centre, budget for additional trainings, international conferences and summer schools)