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PhD position, Family sociology

The Centre for Population, Family and Health (CPFH) is seeking to fill the following full-time (100%) vacancy

Doctoral Grant in the area of family sociology

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of family sociology, working on a project on singleness in the life course.

Project abstract

In the last few decades there have been notable changes on a demographic level regarding romantic relationship formation, dissolution, alternate unions and cohabitation forms. Research uniformly shows an overall delay in leaving the parental home, marriage and childbearing. The number of marriages keeps declining as divorce rates go up, and the amount of unmarried people who are formally or informally cohabiting climbs. A strong increase in singleness and single households can be observed on a quasi-global scale, adding to longevity and widowing (e.g. Eurostat, 2017). In the case of Belgium for example one third of people has a single household status, for the Brussels region this is even higher with 1 in 2 inhabitants living in a single household. Predictions are a rise to half of the population by 2060 (Federaal Planbureau, 2016). The trend is observed in many European countries. Despite these developments, cross national insights have not been gathered on differences between countries and policy regimes. In this PhD project, you aim to gain insight in the determinants and trajectories of singles in Europe. You use longitudinal and comparative methods to map singleness in the European context.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in social sciences, preferably in sociology, or economic sciences.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • You have an interest in family sociology and singleness.
  • You are capable of executing quantitative research.
  • You are capable of applying (or learning) advanced statistical analysis techniques (multi-level analysis, structural equation modeling).
  • Your academic English and writing skills allow you to successfully communicate research results.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • Also master students in the final year of their degree can apply.
  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.