Research Assistant in “Respectme Resolving Precariousness and Advancing the Theory and Measurement of Precariousness Acro
KU Leuven Center for Sociological Research

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



For the Center for Sociological Research, Unit Work and Organizations we are looking for a research assistant 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 or, 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 labor 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 contribute to the collection of data and research activities of ResPecTMe together with the other members of the team and under the supervision of Prof. dr. Valeria Pulignano.


The research assistant 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 a Master's degree in sociology, labor studies, political science, anthropology, economics, research methodology, psychology or related social science disciplines

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

Native language proficiency in Polish (the candidate is expected to conduct in-depth interviews in Polish);

Good knowledge of the Polish labor 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 being able to work creatively and independently at the same time.


A 12 month part-time appointment to start with, to be extended with a further 12 months quota on a satisfactory performance during the first year.



Application must include, in a single PDF file:

- 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

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions regarding accessibility or support, please contact us at

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Socioloxy


All Jobs


Harvard University Academic Positions

Kuwait University Current Faculty Openings

Osaka University Academic Opportunities

Purdue University Job Postings for Faculty Positions

Texas Tech University Faculty Openings

Tsinghua University Job Postings

University of Cambridge Job Openings

University of Geneva Faculty Opportunities

University of New South Wales Job Openings

University of Nottingham Research Positions

University of Oslo Academic Jobs

University of Saskatchewan Faculty Positions

University of Southampton Research Vacancies

University of Tokyo Current Academic Vacancies

University of Toronto Open Faculty Positions