Research assistant Deterrence

Research assistant Deterrence

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21 Feb 28 Feb Rotterdam

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We are looking for a research assistant who will be working on a project on emerging technologies and nuclear disarmament.

Job description

We are looking for a research assistant who will be working on a project on emerging technologies and nuclear disarmament.

Your task will involve desk research on theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary deterrence, the issues related to strategic consequences of emerging technologies, and ever-changing discussions about nuclear deterrence. However, your task will also involve designing and executing surveys and elite interviews. You will contribute towards background research and writing of scientific as well as popular texts, and presenting them in front of diverse audiences. You will communicate with high-level foreign academics and practitioners; your job will also include event organization and logistics. During the time of your appointment, limited international travel will be required.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


The ideal candidate should:

  • Have a completed at least BA degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration or a technical field;
  • Have thematic interest in international security;
  • Be able to read and summarize academic literature;
  • Be very organized, reliable, punctual, and reflective;
  • Have excellent analytical skills and English writing;
  • Have some experience with quantitative analysis;
  • Be committed to staying with the project for the whole duration (6-8 months);
  • Be available to travel internationally 3-9 May 2020 (with a possibility, but no requirement, for more travel).

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • have some familiarity with emerging technologies, and/or deterrence theory, and/or strategic studies;
  • experience with designing and executing social scientific surveys;
  • experience with conducting elite interviews;
  • ability to speak and write Dutch fluently.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 months.

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 six months. Starting date is as soon as possible and practicable.

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 1.992 and 2.770 gross per month (salary scale 6, CAO NU ) OR on the basis of full-time salary ranging between EUR 2.049 and 2.390 gross per month (salary scale Student Assistant, 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.


The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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

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.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 30 hours per week
  • €1992—€2770 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESSB/21022020


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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