PhD Candidate: Sociology of Popular Music

PhD Candidate: Sociology of Popular Music

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8 Feb 28 Feb Rotterdam

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Job description

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at the Erasmus University Rotterdam hosts an internationally leading team of scholars working on the sociology (and economy) of popular music. This knowledge is centered within the research cluster Music, Industry, Culture & Society (MICS) of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture as well as the broader research centre Rotterdam Popular Music Studies (RPMS). The PhD position will be embedded in the professorship Sociology of Popular Music, specifically in relation to Inclusion, Well-Being, and Resilience.

Job description

The successful candidate is expected to:

Research (0.8 fte)

  • Write a PhD dissertation in the sociology of popular music, with links to the themes of inclusion, resilience and/or well-being, using social science methods, preferably having an ex-centric perspective;
  • Carry out internationally oriented, empirical research that is publishable in established international refereed journals;
  • Contribute actively to the department’s research community in general and music sociology in particular.

Teaching (0.2 fte)

  • Perform junior teaching tasks for the International Bachelor in Arts and Culture Studies programme (IBACS), primarily through tutorial group teaching.


  • Contribute to small management tasks of the department.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


To be eligible, a candidate must have:

  • A (research) master degree in (cultural) sociology;
  • Extensive knowledge of - and ample experience with - a wide range of social science research methods applied to the field of (cultural) sociology;
  • A documented and sustained interest in the field of popular music;
  • A budding academic research track record, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your (research) master thesis;
  • Preferably prior teaching experience in the sociology of arts and culture;
  • The ambition (and experience) of working with stakeholders and making impact, either on society in general or on the music field.
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

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

The start date of this position is 1 May 2023 and will run for a fixed term of 1.5 year initially, to be converted into a 4 year contract contingent upon a good performance.

The position is for 1,0 FTE. The salary ranges from a minimum of € 2.541,- to a maximum of € 3.247,- gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with scale P 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. Combined with personal and professional development, as well as active career support, we help you become and remain fit for the future. 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 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.


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 History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The school has three departments: HistoryArts and Culture and Media & Communication. There are approximately 2500 students and 220 employees.

ESHCC offers high quality education, based on scientific research, at the intersection of the Humanities and Social Sciences. We teach our ambitious, Dutch and international students in a stimulating learning environment. After graduation, they will have acquired the knowledge, insight and skills to make an important and inspiring contribution to an increasingly international society in which diversity plays a major role.

The ESHCC also has an ambitious research agenda. We want to strengthen our involvement in multidisciplinary research, expand the share of external funding in our total research funding and increase our social impact. Research takes place within the framework of two research centres:  ERMeCC and History@Erasmus.


  • PhD
  • Language and culture; Behaviour and society
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESHCC/ACS/PhD-0223


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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