Assistant Professor in Social Policy and Development

Assistant Professor in Social Policy and Development

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4 Apr 20 May Den Haag

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The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor with a proven track record in the field of Social Policy and Development. Preferably, the successful candidate will have a focus on Generation in their work. This preferred focus extends for instance to analyzing development as a generational process; the impact on different generations of development issues or deficits or of societal or environmental challenges; generational relations; questions of intra- and inter-generational equity; childhood; youth movements; ageing; linked lives and/or life course, and or expertise in related realms of social policy such as health, education, and social protection.

We envisage hiring a broadly trained candidate with an interdisciplinary background, a PhD in the social sciences, and a firm background and proven expertise in social policy and development. We understand social policy in broad terms, including the above-mentioned conventional areas of education, health, and social protection, as well as closely related themes such as population, poverty, inequality, work and employment, and gender.
This vacancy is for a tenure track position and would best suit an early career academic.

Job description

The successful candidate will join the teaching team responsible for the Major on Social Policy and DevelopmentOpens external (SPD) in the ISS MA in Development Studies. Collaboration with other majors and teaching input in the broader MA programme is also expected. This means that, besides being active in the specific fields of social policy and generation and development, where appropriate and feasible we also expect our new colleague to contribute, for instance, to our General Course, foundation courses, and methodology teaching in the ISS MA in Development Studies, and/or to academic management and service. Experience with hybrid and online teaching is considered an asset as is experience with innovative teaching methodologies suitable for the highly diverse and international classrooms of the ISS.

The to-be-appointed assistant professor will be expected to carry out cutting-edge research, ideally from critical and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as MA thesis and PhD supervision. The to-be-appointed assistant professor will become part of the ISS Research Programme ‘Global Development and Social Justice’Opens external and will be affiliated with one of our four Research Groups. As part of its research strategy, the Institute currently also pursues four multidisciplinary, cross-cutting research themes: environment and climate change; conflict and peace; migration and diversity; and (especially relevant for this position) social protection and inequality. In education and research alike, the successful candidate is expected to be a team player along with quality individual work.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • A PhD in a relevant field of social sciences;
  • An academic background in social policy and development;
  • Documented expertise on the themes of Generation and Development, and/or related realms of social policy such as health, education, and social protection;
  • Demonstrated capacity and skills in teaching MA students, including thesis supervisions and teaching management;
  • Possession of a UTQ certificate (University Teaching Qualification, which is a formal Dutch higher education teaching qualification) or willingness to obtain the UTQ soon after joining ISS;
  • An active publication strategy and solid publications record (in line with career stage);
  • Ability to acquire research funding;
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching, research and service in multicultural environments.

Additional advantages

  • Ability to teach general development studies subjects, foundation courses, and/or research methodology courses (e.g., qualitative interviewing or mixed methods of social science research);
  • Practical experience with/exposure to relevant work in the field of social policy and development preferably in the Global South;
  • Interest in, and ability to conduct or contribute to societally relevant teaching and research e.g., by contributions to public debate or co-creative collaborative projects.

Conditions of employment

The contract will be initially for a period of 18 months after proven suitability for the position the contract will be converted to a permanent contract.

The selected candidate will be offered a contract at the level of Assistant Professor 2 with the possibility of promotion upon successful performance in the specified tenure track arrangement (to Assistant Professor 1 after 3 years and to Associate Professor 2 after 6 years). The successful candidate is invited to start as soon as possible.

The start date of this position is as soon as possible, and you will be based at ISS in the Hague. The position is for 1 FTE. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 3.821,- to a maximum of € 5.230,- gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with scale 11 of the CAO-NU. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

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


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.


The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

ISS is a leading academic centre for international development studies. While based in The Hague, the ISS is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

ISS was established in 1952 as a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science and development-oriented research. ISS offers a PhD in Development StudiesOpens external, a 15,5 month MA in Development StudiesOpens external, a joint MA in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP)Opens external, a MPA in Governance delivered in SurinameOpens external, and post-graduate Diploma coursesOpens external.
While currently most of our teaching is in person again (after a period of fully online and hybrid teaching due to COVID-19), ISS has embarked on a process of exploring the further potential of developing online courses. However, the candidate is expected to regularly teach (and perform other tasks) physically at ISS.

ISS brings together a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from both the global South and the global North, who on average originate from over 50 different countries. The Institute brings together people, ideas and insights in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and innovative research on fundamental social problems. Our strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in the global South make up a vibrant network where we co-create knowledge so that teaching and research are societally relevant. Key to the ISS philosophy and practices is the wish to contribute to achieving social justice and equity on a global level.


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society; Health
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3821—€5230 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ISS/04042022


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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