Transformative Research Developer (1,0 FTE)

Transformative Research Developer (1,0 FTE)

Published Deadline Location
12 Jul 14 Aug Rotterdam
Are you interested in transforming academic research to support societal transitions? We are looking for a proactive, entrepreneurial and collaborative academic who wants to work with us on the transition of EUR and the scientific development of transformative research.
About the Design Impact Transition (DIT) platform – the space for transformative and transdisciplinary work at EUR
DIT platform is a strategic EUR initiative that empowers new ways of doing research, education and engagement in the support of societal transitions towards just and sustainable futures. DIT develops new institutional conditions and designs to strengthen transdisciplinary and impact-oriented academic work, based on collaboration, engagement and academic entrepreneurship. We work on various activities, including creating a community on transformative academic work, developing educational programmes (minors and a master’s programme) and setting up research projects.
We understand transformative research as follows: “transformative research aims to address the grand challenges of our time by creating and deploying new ideas, methods, and tools to challenge, alter and replace current unsustainable formal and informal institutions. It is based on systems thinking and includes transdisciplinary research endeavours that allow for creating scientifically valid and socially robust knowledge, with the mission of fostering sustainability transitions” (DIT Narrative for Change, November 2021).
To further develop transformative research, we are looking for a talented mid-career academic who does not necessarily aspire to a conventional academic career but would like to help create a new academic environment together with likeminded academics in which researchers can work with practitioners on impactful and engaged research for just and sustainable futures.

Job description

Creating an inspiring, vibrant ecosystem for transformative research at EUR is an approach for stimulating collaborative, engaged and explorative ways of academic research. Your main tasks include:

  • Further developing and coordinating DIT’s network for transformative research, consisting of interested researchers, interns, students, and staff.
  • Initiating and coordinating (pilot) projects with EUR’s Schools to support them in advancing impactful research.
  • Working with the affiliated DIT Academics in organising and facilitating research projects, workshops, publications and other activities aiming at scientific underpinning of transformative academic work.
  • Coordinating DIT’s reflexive monitoring activities.
  • Organising lunch series to share and discuss (inter and trans-) disciplinary challenges and opportunities.
  • Collaborating with other EUR research focused or supporting entities, including UNIC, ORS, and ERS.
  • Coordinating, producing and sharing updates and outputs (such as blogs, reports, podcasts, and other publications) on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter) and via DIT and EUR outlets (website, mailing list and newsletters).

You can find more information about the EUR and DIT platform at https://www.eur.nl/en/about-eur/strategy-2024/strategy-practice/dit-platform

Specifications

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Requirements

We are looking for a talented mid-career academic researcher who has ideas and the ambition to work on changing research and the broader academic system to be more inclusive and transformative. Our ideal candidate:

  • Has a master’s degree and preferably a PhD in social sciences or humanities, ideally in the field of or with a specialisation in social change, transformation, sustainability, action research or related fields. However, we value an interdisciplinary background, so if your field is not named here, we still encourage you to get in touch to discuss a possible fit.
  • Has at least 3 years of experience in science, government/policy or consultancy, preferably with an interest in or focus on topics of sustainability, science communication, innovation, higher education and/or transitions.
  • Preferably has experience or affinity with an academic environment (university / applied sciences / knowledge institution).
  • Has a pro-active, collaborative attitude and can work independently.
  • Is curious, committed and not afraid of challenges.
  • Is outgoing, a connector by nature and can think strategically.
  • Sees and creates opportunities.
  • Is able to create impactful and compelling (visual and written) content.
  • Has a good proficiency of English language (native or C1 level required), preferably also Dutch.

 

Conditions of employment

DIT offers a safe, inspiring and thought-provoking work environment where you can experiment to the fullest, collaborate with like-minded colleagues to contribute to the necessary changes society and the university are facing. We work together based on trust, entrepreneurial transdisciplinarity and social engagement.

The start date of this position is September 15th, 2022. The position is for 1,0fte and the salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 3.413,- to a maximum of € 4.670,- gross per month, in accordance with scale 10-11 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.

EUR strives to be an inclusive workplace

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.

Employer

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. www.eur.nl. 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. www.eur.nl.

Department

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 administra-tion at the institutional level. ABD supports the Executive Board in fulfilling its responsi-bilities with regard to the quality, accessibility and financing of EUR’s education and re-search 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 inter-est of further improvement. ABD comprises the departments of Academic Affairs (AZ) in-cluding D&I Office, Corporate Planning & Control (CPC), Administrative Affairs (BZ), Legal Affairs (JZ) and the Chief Information Office (CIO). The independent university pub-lication 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.

Additional information

Anonymous application

We would ask you to submit a CV without photo, your name, gender, date of birth / place of birth and the name and location of your secondary / primary school. Furthermore, your CV may have the usual form. We also ask you not to give this kind of information in your letter. You can use your own e-mail address to send everything. Someone who is not involved in the selection will collect all letters and CVs.

If you fit these requirements and are excited to join DIT, please submit your application, as soon as possible but before August 14th, 2022.

Please reserve time for an interview on August 24th and/or August 25th, 2022. 

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained by contacting Marieke de Wal, DIT’s Organisational Lead via mwal@rsm.nl.

We are looking forward to your application.

Specifications

  • Research, development, innovation
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3413—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • ABD/DIT2/11072022

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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Application procedure

In addition to your CV, we would also like to receive a cover letter in which you briefly explain what appeals to you about the work at DIT and this specific position of transformative research developer.

Anonymous application

We would ask you to submit a CV without photo, your name, gender, date of birth / place of birth and the name and location of your secondary / primary school. Furthermore, your CV may have the usual form. We also ask you not to give this kind of information in your letter. You can use your own e-mail address to send everything. Someone who is not involved in the selection will collect all letters and CVs.

If you fit these requirements and are excited to join DIT, please submit your application, as soon as possible but before August 14th, 2022, to dit@eur.nl.

Please reserve time for an interview on August 24th and/or August 25th, 2022.  

We are looking forward to your application.

Application procedure

Application procedure

In addition to your CV, we would also like to receive a cover letter in which you briefly explain what appeals to you about the work at DIT and this specific position of transformative research developer.

Anonymous application

We would ask you to submit a CV without photo, your name, gender, date of birth / place of birth and the name and location of your secondary / primary school. Furthermore, your CV may have the usual form. We also ask you not to give this kind of information in your letter. You can use your own e-mail address to send everything. Someone who is not involved in the selection will collect all letters and CVs.

If you fit these requirements and are excited to join DIT, please submit your application, as soon as possible but before August 14th, 2022, to dit@eur.nl.

Please reserve time for an interview on August 24th and/or August 25th, 2022.  

We are looking forward to your application.

Make sure to apply no later than 14 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).