Assistant professor in Social and Behavioural Sciences (2 x 0,8 – 1 FTE)

Assistant professor in Social and Behavioural Sciences (2 x 0,8 – 1 FTE)

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16 Sep 27 Sep Rotterdam

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The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences is intensifying research and education in the area of welfare, work and entrepreneurship as part of the EUR wide ‘SSH sectorplan’. Are you a social scientist with a PhD degree and interested in digitalization, new ways of working, and how this affects workers, organisations and/or entrepreneurs, come join our school as an assistant professor. At Erasmus University Rotterdam we offer impact-driven research and education in a dynamic and inspiring working environment.

Job description

As an assistant professor you will be contributing to the research and education in one of the following two (related) themes:

  1. AI, quality of labour and well-being
  2. Determinants and consequences of new work arrangements

The core tasks include:

  • participating in teaching in one or more of our programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Teaching involves individual supervision of research internships and theses; lectures and work groups;
  • participating in the research programmes of the school;
  • participating in the multidisciplinary EUR wide ‘welfare, work and entrepreneurship program’;
  • publishing research findings in (high impact) international scientific journals;
  • contributing to the acquisition of external research funding for the benefit of the research programmes.

We have a total of 2 positions available in following departments:

  • One vacancy at the DPAS department within Management and Organization
  • One vacancy at the DPECS department within Psychology of Work and Organization

Please indicate which department has your preference within your application.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


The following job requirements apply:

  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline (Public Administration, Sociology, Psychology, or related) with knowledge in the field of work, organisations, or management.
  • Preferably work experience in research, for instance as a post-doc, and strong affinity with the research themes.
  • Preferably experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience with and committed to engaged, impact-driven research.
  • Experience in academic teaching in the social or behavioural sciences, with an eye for innovation in teaching methods, and the ability to contribute to various educational programmes (broad employability).
  • Candidates who don’t possess a formal teaching qualification, are expected to acquire it within two years (according to the standards of the so-called BKO-University Teaching Qualification).
  • Ability to, and preferably experience with, acquire external research funding.
  • Motivated to contribute to open science.
  • Excellent communication skills, teamplayer, development oriented.
  • Excellent proficiency in Dutch and English (both at least at level C1 of the Common European Framework).
  • Candidates should be available before 31/12/2022

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of these positions are before 31 December 2022. You will be based at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Rotterdam, campus Woudestein, either within:

  • Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)
  • Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS).

These positions are for 0,8-1,0 FTE, with initially temporary employment for 12-18 months with the possibility of a permanent position after positive evaluation and based on continued funding of the themes. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 3.974 to a maximum of € 5.439 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 centre.

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 aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfil 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.


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.


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: public administration, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This also reflects in the content of the (international) bachelor and master programmes and in research.  Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the ESSB fundamental, internationally oriented research is of paramount importance. In addition, social research for professionals, policy makers, and the society is part of our research activities. ESSB offers a stimulating research environment where major national and international research grants are received. Appealing guest researchers and ambitious PhD candidates come along to conduct their research. Our education is small-scale and works with innovative forms of education such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Both the Dutch and English programmes are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 6500 students and more than 550 staff members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office. For more information, please visit

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)
DPAS covers the disciplines of Public Administration and Sociology. Two related scientific fields with different profiles. Public Administration studies governance capacity and policy interventions in relation to societal challenges. It focuses on the collective power to organise and intervene in the relations between different social, political and economic actors. Public Administration in Rotterdam goes well beyond the public realm itself and pays attention to public-private cooperation and networks of organisations. Sociology investigates the social structure of societies and the way it evolves. Sociologists in Rotterdam focus among other things on processes of globalisation and individualisation and on the effects of these processes on international social relations, the labour market or family relations. Related social problems that are studied are migration, flexibilisation and solidarity. The perspectives of Public Administration and Sociology complement each other. Together they guarantee a highly relevant, theory-grounded and design-oriented approach to topical administrative and social issues. The bachelor and master programmes of DPAS are built on this profile and educate students to become scientifically schooled professionals. Research in Management and Organization focusses on HR, leadership and change management with special interest in determinants and consequences of new ways of working for employees, organizations and the labour market.

Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS)
The Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies provides education and research in the area of pedagogical and psychological sciences. Psychology focuses on human behaviour, but also the underlying motivations, emotions, psychopathology and the brain. Pedagogical sciences focus on the education and raising of children and youth in a broader context.  The education programme of DPECS is characterised by a successful and innovative didactical approach: activating and problem-based learning in combination with extensive professional and academic skills training. Our bachelor and master tracks receive top rankings each year. Students actively engage in activities that promote inclusion, exchange, and application of acquired knowledge in practice. Our research programme is characterised by a diverse and strong cross-disciplinary approach in order to increase its quality and relevance to society. Our scientists are intensely involved in clinical, educational, family, and work settings to make our work accessible and practically relevant from applying to society. Research in Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on the three main pillars of I-O psychology – work, organization, and personnel psychology, including topics such as work engagement, burnout, job design, leadership, strengths use, and work-family balance.


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • PRO/ESSB/20220916


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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