PhD Position: LGBTQ+ Youth of Colour


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Application Deadline

15/08/2022 5:00 pm


We are looking for a candidate for a 4-year fulltime PhD research project centered on the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color starting September 2022 (start date is negotiable). The candidate will be embedded in the Graduate School of Social Sciences at VU Amsterdam and supervised by prof. dr. Serena Does (endowed professor of Social Inequality & Resilience at VU Amsterdam) and dr. Seval Gündemir (assistant professor of work & organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam). After successful completion of the program, the candidate will obtain the degree of PhD in Social Sciences.

The aim of this project is to advance knowledge on the intersectional dynamics of (hetero)sexism and racism in the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color in the Netherlands, to lift their voices, and to identify sources of resilience, empowerment and joy for these youth. We will do so through interviews and surveys, in which we focus on discrimination, racism, and exclusion experiences and the role of social support (e.g., online and offline community spaces) in mitigating these experiences. We will also be deliberate in focusing attention on identifying avenues for boosting sense of belonging, joy, and empowerment. Interviews and surveys will also be used to determine how these experiences differ across contexts (e.g., school, home, dating). Moreover, to identify intersectional blind spots in existing monitoring, policy, and interventions around LGBTQ+ individuals, we will conduct policy analyses, intervention analyses, and study monitoring reports in the Dutch and EU context. In addition, we will interview and survey intervention designers and mental health providers, and youth workers to identify any potential blind spots with regards to racism and discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ youth of color.

Your duties
• Collect and critically review academic articles, primarily in Dutch and English
• Collect and analyze archival data (including national and international policy documents, national and international monitor data)
• Conduct (focus group) interviews primarily in Dutch and English (the ability to speak additional languages such as Papiamento/u, Surinamese, Turkish, Arabic and Spanish is also valued)
• Conduct qualitative analyses
• Design, conduct, and analyze data collected through, surveys and experiments
• Write scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed outlets, in English and Dutch
• Write popular scientific articles for general audiences, in English and Dutch


We are looking for candidates with:
• A master’s or research master’s degree in social sciences, or related field
• Academic writing and presentation skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Intercultural competence and sensitivity
• The ability to navigate complex interpersonal interactions
• Experience or clear potential to engage with multiple stakeholders
• A critical understanding of intersectionality, racism and heterosexism
• Demonstrable experience in working with, or otherwise being engaged with, LGBTQ+ youth of color – through service, education, research, creatively, or otherwise (this is preferred but not essential).
• Experience conducting (focus group) interviews (this is preferred but not essential).
• Experience using statistical software such as R, Stata, Mplus, Python, or SPSS (this is preferred but not essential)


An exciting position to study LGBTQ+ youth of color’s experiences in innovative ways. There will be opportunities for you to collaborate with colleagues internationally, spend time abroad, attend conferences, and work on designing alternative ways of sharing research insights (such as through video and multimedia). The training you will receive will help you develop your knowledge, expertise and skills in (1) social scientific content and theory, (2) social scientific methodology, methods and techniques, and (3) general academic and transferrable skills.

You will join a socially involved organization, where you will be part of the Graduate School of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam (VU-GSSS). The aim of the Graduate School is to provide a stimulating scientific environment in which young researchers, experienced staff and international scholars can mutually inspire one another. VU-GSSS focuses on some of the most pressing challenges to society, related to topics such as societal resilience, integration & diversity and security & conflict. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,541(PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,247(PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for an additional 3 years (which brings it to a total duration of 4 years).
Additionally, the VU Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Application: Read the full job description and apply here.

Deadline for applications: August 15 2022.

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