Post-Doctoral Researcher / Lecturer the Sociology of Media, Culture and Society (0,8-1.0 FTE)

Post-Doctoral Researcher / Lecturer the Sociology of Media, Culture and Society (0,8-1.0 FTE)

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1 Oct 25 Oct Rotterdam

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Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer who will both conduct research and fulfill coordination and organisational tasks in the context of a in a large-scale research project funded by the European Commission and teach in our undergraduate and graduate education programmes. The research and organisational tasks will be part of our coordination of the project INVENT: European inventory of societal values of culture as a basis for inclusive cultural policies in the globalizing world. The INVENT consortium will conduct large-scale empirical research in nine European countries to specify how conceptions and values of culture are constructed across different socio-economic groups. Special attention will be paid to people’s perceptions and evaluations of how trends of globalization, digitization and increasing inequalities have impacted culture.

A PhD in Media and Communication, Sociology, Arts and Culture Studies or other Social Sciences is required, with demonstrated competencies in advanced quantitative research methods. In particular, experience with digital research methods is welcomed.  The candidate is expected to possess strong organizational as well as didactic skills and an affinity for working with students.

Research duties (50%)

  • Conducting research within the framework of the INVENT project;
  • Contributing to the data collection and data analysis of the project;
  • Publishing and presenting research results in the form of policy briefings, reports, articles in international peer reviewed journals, and papers at international meetings and conferences;
  • Participating in and contributing to project meetings and workshops;
  • Taking part in seminars, workshops, etc. that are organised by the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) as well as the research schools and scholarly associations of which ERMeCC is part.

Organisational duties (30%)

  • Performing a variety of coordination and organisational tasks in the context of the INVENT project;
  • Coordinating and contributing to the project’s deliverables as regards ethics and data-management; 
  • Coordinating and contributing to the organisation and dissemination of project activities and findings to a wider academic and non-academic audience, among others via social media, the project’s website, workshops and conferences.

Teaching duties (20%) 

  • Preparing and teaching courses within the context of the various degree programmes in the field of Media and Communication provided by the ESHCC;
  • Monitoring the literature and integrating new insight into the education programme;
  • Supervising and coaching students;
  • Contributing to the progress and innovation of our educational programs, both in terms of content and teaching methods.
  • Contributing to the evaluation of the our educational programmes both in terms of structure and execution;
  • Participating in committees or working groups, as well as performing designated organisational tasks.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • A PhD in Media and Communication, Sociology, Arts and Culture Studies or other Social Sciences;
  • Strong research and analysis skills, particularly with innovative and advanced quantitative methods of data collection and analysis;
  • Proven affinity for empirical research, as evidenced by your research work, publications, research plans and other projects;
  • Strong organisational experience and skills;
  • Didactic potential. Teaching experience is desired;
  • A willingness to develop knowledge and skills in new areas and to increase the ability to teach a wide range of subjects within the faculty’s degree programmes;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C2-standards of the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Conditions of employment

Employment is intended to start 1 January, 2021. The contract runs for a term of 34 months, after a probationary period. Potential for extending the contract is dependent on financing and performance. The conditions of employment correspond with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is subject to training and experience and corresponds to Scale 10 or 11 NU, with a minimum of € 2.790 (scale 10, grade 0) and a maximum of € 5.127 (scale 11, grade 11) gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract. 

EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits, like a very generous leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision and we offer partially paid parental leave. Employees can also use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus sports center and the University library.

EUR offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded.


Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication includes the Departments of Arts and Culture Studies, Media and Communication, and History at Erasmus University. The Faculty has more than 2000 students and over 200 employees.

The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) is a vibrant, internationally oriented research centre within the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication which serves as the main base for researchers in Media, Communication and Culture at Erasmus.


  • Postdoc; Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society; Language and culture
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • max. €5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ESHCC-20201001


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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