Post-doctoral researcher Energy transition & Behavioural Change (0.8-1.0 fte)

Post-doctoral researcher Energy transition & Behavioural Change (0.8-1.0 fte)

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3 Sep 16 Sep Rotterdam

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In order to make the energy transition happen, governments are heavily dependent upon the choices of their people. For instance, the energy provider people choose, the choice for investing in sustainable energy or the choice to consume more sustainably produced food. Hence, the energy transition is also very much a matter of behaviour(al change) in order to establish new routines. Governments are looking for interventions that can help to spur the energy transition.

This research position is dedicated to understanding which interventions can be designed in order to change existing routines and influence changes in behaviour. Thereby it is important to acknowledge that individual behaviour is not (just) the result of individual, rational choices, but is highly determined by one’s social context (i.e. SES status, educational level, employment status, but also family structures and social network). In certain social contexts we might even speak of succinct aversion towards climate change adaptation measures. In other social contexts, participating/initiating such measures are at the forefront of people’s minds. These different components need to be taken into consideration.

The post-doctoral researcher will – in close collaboration with the Public Administration chair & director of the Erasmus Governance Design Studio, and the chair in Behavioural Change – perform design-oriented research which enlarges our understanding of the kind of instruments governments can use to influence (the context of) behaviour, particularly regarding the energy transition. Furthermore, the post-doctoral researcher will, in collaboration with societal partners, be involved in designing, refining and evaluating new interventions to support the energy transition.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


The ideal candidate has:

  • A PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration or related field)
  • An interest in the topic at hand
  • Succinct interest in cross-disciplinary research
  • Excellent research and methodological skills
  • Experience in organising and coordinating research projects
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and looks for new research opportunities
  • Good academic writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication, social, and organisational skills
  • An ambition to do both academic research but also to translate that research into relevant grab-holds for professional application
  • Working proficiency in both Dutch and English.

Conditions of employment

Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). You  will be appointed for initially one year, which will be extended by two more years if the candidate’s performance proves satisfactory. Your remuneration will depend on the position, your specific knowledge and experience It will be calculated on the basis of full-time salary ranging between EUR € 3.637 and  € 4.978 gross per year (salary scale 11, CAO NU ). Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 annual leave days in case of a full work week. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library. We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. This means that we are looking for a person who can complement our team well.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences is home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: public administration, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This also reflects in the content of the (international) bachelor's and master's programs and in research.  Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the ESSB fundamental, internationally oriented research is of paramount importance. In addition, social research for professionals, policy makers, and the society is part of our research activities. ESSB offers a stimulating research environment where major national and international research grants are received. Appealing guest researchers and ambitious PhD candidates come along to conduct their research. Our education is small-scale and works with innovative forms of education such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Both the Dutch and English programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 2500 students and 300 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit

ESSB has launched a strategy for the period 2019-2022. Part of the strategy is to create/strengthen four multidisciplinary pillars by specifically investing in research and education in these fields. The pillars are:

  1. Global Social Challenges
  2. Vital Cities & Citizens
  3. Behavioural Change
  4. Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society

The current position is part of the investment in the third pillar; Behavioural Change.


  • Postdoc positions
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3637—€4978 per month
  • ESSB/20190903/285503


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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