Phd in “Respectme: Resolving Precariousness and Advancing the Theory and Measurement of Precariousness Across the Paid/Unp
KU Leuven Center for Sociological Research

Phd Position “Respectme: Resolving Precariousness And Advancing The Theory And Measurement Of Precariousness Across The Paid/Unpaid Work Continuum”



For the Centre for Sociological Research, Unit Work and Organisations we are looking for a PhD candidate for contributing to the ERC-funded study on the 'Precariousness across the paid/unpaid work continuum” in Europe'.


ResPecTMe will generate a new theoretical model of, and a measurement approach and monitoring tools for, precariousness at the paid and unpaid work continuum. By uncovering the unpaid activities that increasingly underlie paid employment as a source of ‘value’ creation in the labour market, ResPecTMe will generate a novel scientific perspective which breaks the paid/unpaid distinction, and rethinks precariousness on the paid/unpaid work continuum.


More information is available at


The successful applicant will work towards a PhD degree in the Social Sciences together with the other members of the team and under the supervision of Prof. Valeria Pulignano.


The PhD researcher will be based at the faculty of Social Sciences, on a pleasant campus in the heart of Leuven.



Candidates will have the following credentials:

Completed (or about to complete) a Master's degree in sociology, labour studies, political science, anthropology, economics, research methodology, psychology or related social science disciplines.

Interest in sociology of work, labour markets and employment systems, including precarious work and life issues;

(Near) Native language proficiency in French and Italian (the candidate must be able to conduct in-depth interviews in both languages);

Good knowledge of the Belgian/Walloon, French and Italian labour market context;

Excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills;

Ability to analyze and synthesize complex scientific theories;

Solid background in qualitative research methodologies for social science, in particular interviewing techniques (biographical interviews) and data analysis with NVivo  and ready, willing and able to extend the methodological toolbox;

Knowledge in inductive research and grounded theory is an advantage;

Commitment to stay abroad for sometimes to collect data;

Willingness to cooperate in an interdisciplinary team while at the same time able to work creatively and independently;

Strong motivation to engage in a PhD programme.


A 12 months full-time appointment to start with, to be extended with a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year, in order to finish your PhD.

Attractive doctoral scholarship adjusted to your research experience.


Application must include, in a single PDF files:

- Your full curriculum vitae;

- A letter of motivation;

- Two letters of references from academics;

- Copies of your university-level qualifications and marks to date;

- One or two academic writing samples (if available) from your most recent qualification, preferably in English.


Selected applicants will be called for an interview that will take place in the second week of July. The job will start on October 1st, 2019.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Valeria Pulignano, mail:



You can apply for this job no later than June 30, 2019 via the online application tool

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