Design researcher for Societal Challenges

Design researcher for Societal Challenges

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14 Feb 10 Mar Rotterdam
We have a vacancy for a designer / design researcher in governance, policy and public management. The Erasmus Governance Design Studio develops and applies design-based approaches in combination with insights from social and behavioral sciences to find innovative ways to deal with societal challenges.

Job description

Within the Erasmus Governance Design Studio (part of the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam), there is a vacancy for a designer / design researcher in the field of governance, policy and public management. The Erasmus Governance Design Studio develops and applies design-based approaches in combination with insights from social and behavioral sciences to find innovative ways to deal with societal challenges.

We are looking for a candidate with a Ph.D. in any design-related discipline and with experience with public issues (social design, transition or system design, public design). The candidate has to be able to develop a strong connection between the design disciplines and public administration and has a proven ability to apply design in the context of societal challenges. He or she is willing to further strengthen national and international networks on design and public administration and is able to play a crucial role in the collaboration between the EUR and (among others) the City of Rotterdam with whom we conduct many different design-based research projects.

The candidate will get a role in developing a professional design module in the various (Dutch) master tracks of the master Public Administration, fitting in our ambition to bring societal impact into the core of our educational programs. He or she will also be involved in acquiring, coordinating and executing design-oriented research and education projects on a wide variety of topics and will play a role in supervising Ph.D., master and bachelor theses.

The teaching and research obligations will be each 50% of your contract hours.

Specifications

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Requirements

  • A background in a design discipline with a strong focus on public issues and governance;
  • Strong knowledge of public administration as a discipline;
  • A strong dedication to societal impact based upon excellent and innovative scientific research;
  • A proven ability to apply design methods in the context of public / societal challenges;
  • Oganizational skills (coordination and planning, project management);
  • A proven ability to publish in international journals;
  • Experience in education or supervision of theses.

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 initially one year. To be lengthened with three years if your 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 month (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.

Employer

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 www.eur.nl

Department

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 4000 students and more than 400 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit www.eur.nl/essb).

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

DPAS covers the disciplines of Public Administration and Sociology. Two related scientific fields with different profiles. Public Administration studies governance capacity and policy interventions. It focuses on the institutional power to organize and intervene in the relations between different social, political and economic actors. Public Administration in Rotterdam goes well beyond the public realm itself and pays attention to public-private cooperation and networks of organizations. Sociology investigates the social structure of societies and the way it evolves. Sociologists in Rotterdam focus among other things on processes of globalization and individualization and on the effects of these processes on international social relations, the labor market or family relations. Related social problems that are studied are migration, flexibilization and solidarity. The perspectives of Public Administration and Sociology complement each other. Together they guarantee a highly relevant and scientific approach to topical administrative and social issues. The bachelor- and masterprogrammes of DPAS are build on this profile and educate students to become scientifically schooled professionals.

Additional information

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. For more information about EUR and the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, please visit www.eur.nl/essb.

For additional information about this specific vacancy, please contact prof.dr. Arwin van Buuren via email: vanbuuren@essb.eur.nl

Specifications

  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation; Education; Professor, associate professor, assistant professor & lecturer
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3637—€4978 per month
  • ESSB/20200214/289753

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA, Rotterdam

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You are welcome to send your letter of application accompanied by your CV to Office DPAS via email vacature-dpas@essb.eur.nl and stating ’Designer” in the subject field. The deadline for applications is 10 March 2020. Internal candidates enjoy a priority position with respect to external candidates. Internal candidates enjoy a priority position with respect to external candidates.

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You are welcome to send your letter of application accompanied by your CV to Office DPAS via email vacature-dpas@essb.eur.nl and stating ’Designer” in the subject field. The deadline for applications is 10 March 2020. Internal candidates enjoy a priority position with respect to external candidates. Internal candidates enjoy a priority position with respect to external candidates.

Make sure to apply no later than 10 Mar 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).