Two Assistant Professor Positions (2 fte)

Two Assistant Professor Positions (2 fte)

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27 Nov 20 Jan Den Haag

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1. Macroeconomics of Development
2. Environment, Natural Resource Use and Management
(Ecuador, Colombia)

Job description

The two positions have been created as part of ISS’s ongoing ambition to diversify the composition of its academic staff with recruits from the Global South. ISS has identified key partner countries and, in particular, for these two positions, we seek applicants from the Global South whose work focuses on Ecuador and/or Colombia.

The two positions are meant for early-career academics, that is, those with a recent (or soon to be completed) PhD and offer the possibility of pursuing a career at ISS while creating or enhancing strong connections with academic institutions in Ecuador and Colombia. The successful candidates will be embedded in the institute’s research program and will work with a team of researchers who will ensure that the candidates receives support from within the organization and are enabled to participate in research, teaching and engagement with institutes in Ecuador and Colombia. The expectation is that the successful candidates will play a leading role in developing further collaborative activities in these two countries, such as joint research and PhD supervision, double degree MA programmes, exchange of researchers and students, and engagement with alumni.

The successful candidates will be expected to carry out high-quality and societally-relevant research in the broad areas of:

(1) Macroeconomics of development, with expertise in areas such as financial flows, financialization, trade. Candidates with a heterodox economics perspective are encouraged to apply.

(2) Environment and natural resource use and management, with expertise in areas such as the natural resource curse, extractive industries and environmental justice. Candidates with a political economy of development perspective are encouraged to apply.

The candidates will have a teaching base in the Major in Economics of Development (ECD) and/or the Major in Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES). They will also be expected to contribute to institute-wide teaching efforts, such as in research methods.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

·         A recent (soon to be completed) PhD in a relevant field of social sciences (such as development studies, development economics, macroeconomics, human geography, sociology, gender studies, international relations, ecological economics);

·         Comfortable and experienced with both qualitative and quantitative/econometric methods (especially for the Macroeconomics position);

·         Networking abilities;

·         Documented extensive academic experience in Ecuador and/or Colombia;

·         An active publication strategy and/or a good publications record (in line with career stage);

·         Ability to acquire research funding;

·         Demonstrated capacity and skills in teaching MA students and supervising MA research papers in multicultural environments;

·         Possession of BKO (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs) certificate/Teaching in Higher Education Certificate or willingness to obtain this qualification after joining ISS;

·         Ability to conduct or contribute to advisory and capacity building/development programs and to attract external finance for such programs;

·         Evidence of social and academic valorization, including e.g. contributions to public debate, policy briefs, stakeholder engagement;

·         Team spirit and willingness to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and projects.

Conditions of employment

The selected candidates will be offered a contract at the level of Assistant Professor, starting as soon as possible, with the possibility of tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor after 6 years upon successful performance as judged according to specified tenure track conditions.

To help develop candidates with the tenure track from assistant to associate professor, they will be offered:

o   Relatively more time for research (65%) in the first three years of the appointment with the remainder for teaching, valorisation and management;

o   Mentoring/coaching.

In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidates’ experience and corresponds to scale 11, which is between € 3.637,00 and €4.978,00 gross per month, on a fulltime basis. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits.

Erasmus University Rotterdam, in cooperation with the nearby universities of Leiden and Delft, offers a Dual Career Programme to assist spouses of international employees in their search for a job on the Dutch Labour market.


Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. Erasmus University Rotterdam is organized in eight faculties or institutes focussing on Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History and Arts, Business Administration, Philosophy and Development Studies.


The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is a leading academic centre for international development studies. While part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the ISS is based in The Hague. ISS was established in 1952 as a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science and development-oriented research. ISS offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15.5 month MA in Development Studies, a joint MA in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), and post-graduate Diploma courses.

ISS brings together a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from both the global South and the global North. The Institute brings together people and ideas in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and innovative research on fundamental social problems. The strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in developing countries make up a vibrant network where we co-create knowledge so that teaching and research remain socially relevant. Key to the ISS philosophy and practices is the wish to contribute to achieving social justice and equity on a global level.

The ISS pursues academic excellence and high societal relevance of its research and teaching. ISS considers engagement that is linking research and teaching to society, to be an important task of the university.

All ISS staff members participate in the Institute’s research programme ‘Global Development and Social Justice’. As part of its Research Strategy, the Institute currently pursues four multidisciplinary, cross-cutting research themes: environment and climate change; conflict and peace; social protection and inequality; and migration and diversity.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3637—€4978 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ISS/UD/27112019


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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