Assistant professor Sociology

Assistant professor Sociology

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12 Jun 6 Jul Rotterdam

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We are looking for an Assistant Professor Sociology with good knowledge of the field in general and specific on labour- and/or urban studies.

Job description

We are looking for an assistant professor in Sociology, specialized in labour- and/or urban studies. We are looking for someone interested in the field of the gig economy in urban areas; ranging from Airbnb and Uber to small-scale, local initiatives, such as bike-sharing. This specific kind of economic production has grown over the past few years and raises questions about the functioning of the economy as well as the governance of urban areas. Preferably, the candidate is already an expert in the gig economy and has extensive knowledge about local economies in cities (for example, knowledge about the sharing economy, technology and work and non-standard employment relationships). However, you can also apply if your expertise lies in one of these areas and you are interested in extending it. Furthermore, you have a broad understanding of recent theoretical developments. You will be teaching courses on the cross section of work and organization studies and urban studies. This means that you will participate in several sociology programs, particularly at the master’s level. Finally an important part of your job consists of supervising master’s theses. 

The teaching and research obligations will be respectively 60% and 40% of your contract hours.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach courses, at the bachelor and master level, specifically on recent developments in sociology;
  • Conduct independent research on sociology topics, using advanced and systematic research methods;
  • Acquire research funding from third-party sources, such as the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the European Union;
  • Conduct thesis supervision;
  • Develop an (inter)national network that spans both academics and policymakers/practitioners;
  • Actively participate in discussions at institute and research group level on research and teaching innovation.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • PhD degree in Sociology or related discipline;
  • Outstanding research qualities, such as a good publication record;
  • Demonstrable experience in teaching (Basic Teaching Qualification) or willingness to achieve this;
  • Good/excellent command of English;
  • Good/excellent command of Dutch;
  • International and national network of academics and/or practitioners;
  • Good communication and didactic skills;
  • Initiative, involvement and dedication are your additional qualities, which are expressed above all in your ability to develop new courses or to reform existing ones;
  • Knowledge and experience in advanced methodological approaches (e.g., experiments, advanced statistics, systematic qualitative analysis.

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 five years. If your performance proves satisfactory and we have opportunities in the organization a permanent contract and/or a Tenure Track is a possibility. 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 EUR 5.656 gross per month (salary scale 11 en 12, 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 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.


  • Assistant professor
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3637—€5656 per month
  • ESSB/20200612/292485


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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