In 2019, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) adopted its new strategy "Creating positive societal impact". This strategy focuses on increasing the societal impact of the university. The many and vast challenges society is struggling with from the individual to the collective level underline the great importance of the university's public role and responsibility. These tough issues call for a university that does not remain aloof or develops solutions in splendid isolation, but takes responsibility and, embedded in and in dialogue with society, helps to co-create ways to tackle these challenges in sustainable relationships with its stakeholders. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) takes this public role seriously and wants to contribute positively to the challenges society faces. As EUR, we have positive societal impact if, through our teaching, research, or societal engagement, we make a (sustainable) contribution to a better understanding of societal issues, possible approaches to dealing with these issues or the collective ability to develop and apply these approaches. This definition clarifies that the impact we aim for is diverse.
An important question here is whether the university manages to realise this ambition and how this can be determined. In line with the mission of the strategy, the EUR wants to develop a supported approach for enabling, evaluating and monitoring positive societal impact that responds to and does justice to the differences between scientific fields and faculties.
The Evaluating Societal Impact program takes steps towards appropriate impact evaluation and associated governance structures at EUR, in other words the program enables the creation of societal impact. In doing so, we collaborate with internal stakeholders to create synergies, we focus on sustainable policy changes within the organisation, and we advise faculties and strategic initiatives on impact. In addition, we strongly invest in the development of easy to apply, scalable and sustainable impact enabling tools and methods. Through that we actively contribute to the transition of the EUR towards an impact driven university. Do you want to join us and contribute to this transition?
We offer a stimulating, people-oriented work environment and a place where brainstorming, knowledge exchange, creativity, and the development of new ideas are central. The team consists of a group of people with many different expertise and diverse cultural backgrounds. Within the team we value great team work and supporting each other As ESI, we are very motivated to contribute to this cultural change within EUR (see https://www.eur.nl/en/evaluating-societal-impact-team
for the team composition).
As a junior researcher, you will become part of the team and play an active role in developing and testing tools and methods for enabling societal impact at the EUR. Further, you will develop and execute processes for the development of impact strategies. This allows you to develop various skills on the crossroad of research, project management and advice, learn to work in a complex environment with many internal and external stakeholders, and get the chance to establish yourself broadly as an impact expert. A great opportunity to develop as a professional!Job description
As a junior researcher you will play an important role in:
- Organizing, recording and leading co-creation and design activities to develop and test impact enabling tools, e.g., workshops, stakeholder consultation sessions;
- Advising internal stakeholders on steps to take to enable the creation of societal impact within EUR, e.g. development of impact ambitions/strategies within faculties, development of EUR engagement strategy
- Carrying out impact research using different methods for impact evaluation, e.g., interviews, surveys, focus groups;
- Translating knowledge and insights on enabling impact methods into relevant content and tools for the impact-driven knowledge website/environment of Evaluating Societal Impact (https://www.eur.nl/en/research/research-services/societal-impact-evaluation).
The work is done in close cooperation with the program manager, the senior account manager, and the other junior researchers. There is plenty of room to come up with your own initiatives and ideas within the framework of the program.