Postdoctoral Researcher Project Cities of Migration (0,8fte, 3 years)

Postdoctoral Researcher Project Cities of Migration (0,8fte, 3 years)

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28 Jul 17 Sep Rotterdam

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Job description

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be involved in the project ‘CITIES OF MIGRATION: THEORIZING THE ‘DIVERSITY OF MIGRATION-RELATED DIVERSITY’ IN CITIES.’ The project focuses on how cities respond to different types of migration-related diversity. Cities of migration face increasingly ‘floating populations’ and a growing complexity of migration-related diversity, described also as ‘superdiversity.’ However, there is ‘no one size fits all.’ There will be superdiverse cities, but also multicultural cities, gateway cities, divided cities, expat cities, and many other types. Different types of migration-related diversity can also have different governance implications, both for the governance of diversity in cities (such as integration) as well as for the development of urban identities.

The project aims to develop a better theoretical and empirical understanding of different types of migration-related diversity in cities and the implications for urban governance and for urban identities. It consists of three parts. First, conceptualizing and mapping different types of migration-related diversity. Secondly, studying and theorizing implications for urban governance. Finally, analysing the relationship between types of diversity and urban identities.

The postdoctoral researcher will implement the project together with Dr. Peter Scholten. In addition, the postdoctoral research will assist in the management and implementation of a large European research project that has recently been acquired and is directly related to the project on Cities of Migration. Finally, the postdoctoral researcher will assist in teaching for the master Governance of Migration and Diversity (

The position will be embedded in the Department of Public Administration and Sociology. Furthermore, the postdoctoral researcher will participate in the Erasmus Migration and Diversity and Institute and contribute to the activities of the IMISCOE Research Network, which is currently being coordinated by DPAS/EMDI.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • You have a PhD in Social Sciences, preferably a specialization in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Sciences, Migration Studies or Sociology;

  • You have high quality scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals;

  • You have experience in carrying out scientific research independently;

  • You have experience in acquiring research grants;

  • You have excellent didactic skills and relevant teaching experience at academic level;

  • You are in possession of a Basic Qualification Teaching (BKO) or you are willing to achieve this qualification;

  • You have close relations with practitioners in the migration and diversity governance field;

  • You have excellent written and oral skills in English

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment comply with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten/ Collective Agreement Netherlands Universities (CAO NU). Salary is subject to know-how and experience and corresponds to scale 11 CAO NU, which is between € 3.475 and € 4.757 gross per month on a full-time basis (38 hour per week), excluding holiday allowance of 8% and end-of-year bonus of 8.3% of the annual salary. In case of an 8-hour workday you build up in addition weekly 2 hours. Furthermore, the EUR is affiliated with the ABP for pension provision.

The Contract will be for a period of 3 years, starting as soon as possible. The trial period is two months.


Erasmus University Rotterdam is a modern, highly ranked, international research university, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam. We were founded in 1913 and nowadays host 25.000 students. Our faculties and institutions work on global, national and local social challenges in the areas of: healthy development, wealth, governance, culture.

The quality of research at Erasmus University, named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. On the lively, modern campus, students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition.

Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in a professional environment, where development is encouraged through an active career and mobility policy. The Erasmus University Rotterdam highly appreciates flexibility: we have a 38-hour workweek, flexible working hours, possibilities to work part-time, and maternal/paternal leave. Moreover, the University has a company childcare scheme, possibilities to participate in a terms of employment option model, company savings program and life insurance schemes and favourable collective insurance schemes. Employees can also make use of facilities such as sports facilities and library.


Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Vital Citizens


The Erasmus University has recently launched three so-called Erasmus Initiatives, through which academic excellence and multidisciplinary collaboration in research is stimulated. One of these is the Vital Cities and Citizens project which aims to (i)  to advance our understanding of the ways in which social and cultural transformations affect urban life - and (2) by doing so – to help cities thrive as places of inclusion, tolerance and cohesion, and better articulate the aspirations of their diverse, resilient and creative citizens. The Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens is a collaboration between the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS, coordinator), the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).



The Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences 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's and master's programmes and in research.  Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the FSW 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. FSW 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. FSS is home to over 2500 students and 300 staff-members.

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

The department benefits from a key position in the European public administration landscape through numerous editorial board positions and participation in several cross-national networks. Leading sociologist in the field of migration, political sociology and families are based in the department and participate actively in public debates and international research projects. Cooperation with third parties and conducting research with societal impact are key values of the department. The bachelor and master programmes reflect our diverse expertise and educate students to become active professionals.


  • Postdoc
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 1707282


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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