PhD students (2,0 FTE) Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

PhD students (2,0 FTE) Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

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20 Apr 20 May Rotterdam

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The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM), department of Socio-Medical Sciences is looking for two PHD students.

Job description

-        PhD student – Age-friendly communities and well-being realization among older native and immigrant populations in the Netherlands

With rapid population aging, policy makers and service providers are increasingly aware of the importance of building and maintaining age-friendly communities. Clearly, “age-friendly” relates to the impact of context on people's well-being. But how? What is an age-friendly community, and does that differ for native and immigrant older people? To understand differences in neighborhood age-friendliness and requirements for age-friendly community development between native and immigrant older people, a theory-guided approach will be used. This research will add to theory building by systematically examining what older people get from their neighborhoods and the conditions that influence well-being realization, including the role of individual and neighborhood resources. A mixed-methods design will be used consisting of: (i) Q-studies (combining in-depth interview-based and quantitative analyses); (ii) a pilot survey study; (iii) a main survey study in Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht, and Amsterdam; and (iv) focus groups.

This project was funded via the NWO Open Competition-SSH. Research team: Prof. dr. Anna Petra Nieboer and Prof. dr. Jane Murray Cramm.

-        PhD student – Living Environments, Life Course Events and Successful Ageing

With their rapidly ageing populations, one of the challenges facing many developed countries is to keep their older inhabitants healthy and socially included. It is increasingly recognized that factors that transcend the individual older person are important for achieving this goal. This PhD- project focuses on the role of aspects of the living environment, such as the availability of services and amenities and social cohesion, and on the interplay of the living environment with life course events that many people encounter in later life. It extends earlier work on the links between aspects of the living environment and people's ageing experiences in two important ways. First, the project will adopt a longitudinal perspective that recognizes temporal dynamics when assessing the links between aspects of the living environment and successful ageing. Longitudinal designs, for instance using difference-in-difference modelling strategies, can provide stronger evidence for causal antecedents of ageing well in the living environment than do commonly used cross-sectional designs. Second, the project also considers that impactful life course events (e.g., retirement, spousal bereavement, the onset of frailty) may shape what an older person needs to age well. In order to assess these hypotheses, analyses of large longitudinal survey datasets enriched with contextual data and data from administrative registers will be performed.

This project was funded via the Erasmus University, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management. Research team: Prof. dr. Anna Petra Nieboer, Prof. dr. Jane Murray Cramm and Dr. Thijs van den Broek.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


Excellent graduates in sociology or health sciences preferably with a research master's degree are invited to apply. A good statistical background and experience with quantitative research is essential for both projects; additional experience with qualitative methods is an advantage for the Age-friendly communities project. Applicants must have excellent speaking and writing skills in English and Dutch. Computer skills should include SPSS, Stata, SAS, R or similar statistical software. Involvement in teaching activities within the bachelor Health, Policy & Management and in the master Health Care Management.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: We offer an appointment as PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well.

We offer an appointment as PhD student for a period of 1.5 year, which will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years if the candidate performs well. Remuneration will be according to the PhD scales set by the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU), and will range from
€ 2.443 per month in the first year to € 3.122 per month in the fourth year (gross amounts, in case of fulltime employment). Fulltime is considered to be 38 hours per week.

In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits, and a very generous 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 education budget, work-life balance coaches and more. Employees can also use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus sports center and the University library.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

The starting date will be determined together with the candidates, preferably September 1 2022.


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 Health Policy & Management

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and is responsible for a bachelor and four master programs on policy and management in healthcare, which serve 1000 students. In addition, research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in healthcare', ‘quality and efficiency in healthcare' and ‘healthcare management'. ESHPM has about 175 employees. The position offered is within the department of Socio-Medical Sciences. The department of Socio- Medical Sciences within ESHPM addresses socio-medical themes such as patients' experiences, quality of care, and the accessibility and use of (health) care services. Other topics addressed include the consequences of care provision and care reform for health and well-being of vulnerable groups (including vulnerable elderly, older migrants, youth with chronic conditions, people with an intellectual disability, the chronically ill, and low socioeconomic status groups).


  • PhD
  • Health; Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2443—€3122 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESHPM20220420


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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