PhD student for comprehensive Academic Outreach and Advancement project at Erasmus University Rotterdam – (0,8-1fte)

PhD student for comprehensive Academic Outreach and Advancement project at Erasmus University Rotterdam – (0,8-1fte)

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17 Jun 8 Jul Rotterdam

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Job description

The Erasmus University Rotterdam will start with a comprehensive Academic Outreach and Advancement project as one of the ways to implement our new strategy “The Erasmian Way, Creating Positive Societal Impact”.

The project exists of several lines of action. We aim to 1) elaborate and strengthen our connection with the historically underrepresented primary and secondary school pupils and students in the greater Rotterdam area through several outreach activities, 2) expand and improve student-centered support in the pre-enrollment phase and at EUR for these groups and 3) build new blocks by enabling EUR scientist, teachers and students to develop, implement and research equity-based opportunity programmes and activities.

This project will strengthen other relevant projects already at EUR such as adding more diversity and inclusion aspects in the curriculum, teachers’ professional development, and student activation on campus. These projects are all part of the central Diversity & Inclusion Office. The Academic Outreach and Advancement project is part of the D&I Office, in close cooperation with the Student Well-being programme, the Erasmus Science Hub that introduces school children to science and research, and the Erasmus Ambassadors Office.

Both the post doctoral researcher and the PhD student will work on the project, in which the post doctoral researcher will share some of the coordinating tasks (e.g., communication with collaborators, organization of meetings) and will share supervision over the PhD student with a promotor. Both will be required to:

  • stay up to date with the relevant academic literature and relevant societal developments
  • work on the study design, execution, and data analyses;
  • publish papers in internationally renowned journals;
  • communicate the findings to specific stakeholders and the general public;
  • make recommendations regarding local (and national) policies;
  • present findings at academic conferences;
  • work on grant applications for future projects


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • Completed Masters degree in one of the behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology, pedagogy)
  • Basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods (conducting studies, analyzing data)
  • Good knowledge of statistics
  • Good academic writing and presentation skills
  • Very good command of spoken and written English and Dutch (C1 level)
  • Structured, independent and disciplined work style
  • Works well in teams
  • Excellent communication, social, and organisational skills
  • Highly motivated, creative, and conscientious
  • Analytical thinking and goal-oriented


Conditions of employment

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and up to 41 annual vacation days in case of a full, 40-hour workweek.

In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library.

We offer an appointment as a PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the performance evaluation is positive. Remuneration will be according to the PhD scales set by the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU), and will range from € 2.395,- per month in the first year to € 3.061,- per month in the fourth year (gross amounts, in case of fulltime employment).


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its teaching and research. Our scientists and students work on solving global, social challenges, inspired by the always cosmopolitan and dynamic Rotterdam. Our academic education is intensive, active and pragmatic. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly interwoven with international networks. With our research impact and educational quality, the EUR can measure up to the top of European universities. Important values for Erasmus University Rotterdam are daring, curiosity, social involvement, a focus on pushing boundaries.


The General Management Directorate (ABD)

The General Management Directorate (Algemene Bestuursdienst, ABD) is the central staff organisation responsible for the organisation and support of EUR’s policy and administration at the institutional level. ABD supports the Executive Board in fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to the quality, accessibility and financing of EUR’s education and research programmes. ABD handles the joint design of integrated policy, ensures the timely submission of policy within decision-making procedures and the implementation of the adopted policy measures and constantly monitors and evaluates developments in the interest of further improvement. ABD comprises the departments of Academic Affairs (AZ), Corporate Planning & Control (CPC), Administrative Affairs (BZ), Legal Affairs (JZ), Strategy Office (SO) and the CIO- office. The independent university publication Erasmus Magazine also falls under ABD in organisational terms.

The management directorate is headed by the Director of the General Management Directorate, who also serves as Secretary of the Executive Board.

Diversity & Inclusion Office

Erasmus University Rotterdam works hard on its ambitions regarding diversity and inclusion (D&I). That is why a central Diversity & Inclusion Office has been created, with a D&I team which is committed to furthering diversity and inclusion at the university. In addition, each faculty has their own Faculty Diversity Officer (FDO). The D&I programme exist of four pillars: Education & students, Monitoring and Research, HR and an Institutional pillar. The diversity team is a multidisciplinary team, consisting of 10 members and is characterised by a warm and friendly atmosphere, united in passion and ambition for creating an inclusive EUR. You will be a very welcome addition to the team.



  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • D&I17-06-2020-2


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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