Assistant Professor Sociology, in particular ‘Social Inequalities’ (1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor Sociology, in particular ‘Social Inequalities’ (1.0 FTE)

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28 Jan 1 Mar Rotterdam

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Job description

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences 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

Within the pillar of Global Social Challenges, the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS) has started a new Master specialization in Social Inequalities. The current position is created as part of our strategy and is strongly related to the new Master specialization.

To this end, DPAS is seeking candidates for the position of:

Assistant Professor Sociology, in particular ‘Social Inequalities’ (1.0 FTE)

Objective of the job:

The principle responsibilities of the Assistant Professor will be to contribute to our educational program within the Department of Public Administration and Sociology, to contribute to our research program (with a particular focus on Social Inequalities), and to contribute to the faculty’s strategy, specifically by further developing  the Master specialization Social Inequalities.

Job description:
We are looking for a scholar in the field of sociology with a demonstrated interest in theoretical and methodological perspectives to understanding the antecedents and consequences of social inequality. Your research will contribute to social scientific debates around how microlevel (family environment), mesolevel (organisational culture and practices) and macrolevel (educational systems, welfare regimes) mitigate, sustain or strengthen social inequalities.

You will contribute to an internationally oriented teaching programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam. You will be expected to adapt and coordinate existing courses that are used for the newly developed Sociology master specialization Social Inequalities (which started in September 2019). Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to contribute to the design and policy of our Master and Bachelor programme.


The candidate:

  • performs teaching tasks in the DPAS educational programmes such as coordinating/teaching modules and supervising theses. Including, but not necessarily limited to, modules and theses of the English taught Master specialization Social Inequalities;
  • conducts research within the Department of Public Administration and Sociology;
  • contributes to the faculty’s strategy, principally by contributing to the Master specialization Social Inequalities, but perhaps also by working on other strategic goals, such as those regarding lifelong learning;   
  • The candidate preferably adds expertise on the antecedents and consequences of social inequalities, and shows interest in/adds knowledge to the wider domain of Sociology and Public Administration.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for a highly motivated scholar:


  • With a completed PhD thesis in sociology, or another relevant social science;
  • With a keen interest in cross-disciplinary teaching, research and collaboration;
  • Who is fluent in written and spoken English (at a minimum level of C1, according to the Common European Framework – and preferably C2), both oral and written;
  • With excellent communicative skills, proactive and independent work attitude;
  • With a great curiosity and enthusiasm for scientific research.


  • Who has an excellent teaching record and proven teaching skills;
  • Who has basic competencies in course and curriculum development;
  • Who preferably has a vision on/experience with international content, international learning outcomes and/or intercultural skills;
  • Who has demonstrated ability to inspire and supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students;
  • Who has demonstrated experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at both BSc and MSc levels;
  • Who has a teaching certificate (BKO), or is willing to obtain this;


  • Who has good knowledge of sociology in general and in-depth knowledge of stratification sociology/the literature on social inequality, as proven by previous academic activities and publications in international journals;
  • Who has a good publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature;
  • Who has demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment;

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). Your employment term will be for 3,5 years (temporary contract for 3,5 years), the trial period is two months. Employment starts preferably no later than June 1st 2020.

Salary is subject to know-how and experience and corresponds to scale 11 CAO NU, which is between € 3.637 and € 4.978 gross per month on a full-time basis (38 hour per week; 1.0 fte).

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. 

Diversity is one of our strategic priorities. Candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background and/or female candidates are encouraged to apply. Under the condition of equal quality and suitability, these candidates will have a priority position.

Substantial tax benefits apply to non-Dutch citizens, conditional on permission granted by the Dutch Tax Office. Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.


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

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

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

The department benefits from a key position in the European public administration landscape through numerous editorial board positions and participation in several cross-national networks. Leading sociologists in the field of migration, political sociology and families are based in the department and participate actively in public debates and international research projects. Cooperation with third parties and conducting research with societal impact are key values of the department. The bachelor and master programmes reflect our diverse expertise and educate students to become active professionals.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3637—€4978 per month
  • ESSB/20200128/


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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