Postdoc Diversity in Higher Education

Postdoc Diversity in Higher Education

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11 Apr 30 Apr Rotterdam

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With an increase in the number of students from minority backgrounds (e.g. in terms of migrant background and socio-economic background), contemporary universities have a diverse student population. Students from minority backgrounds may have different needs from majority students. An inclusive learning environment is central to equitable experiences and comparable academic outcomes for all students. In this research project we will focus on the experiences and outcomes of students from diverse backgrounds to be able to create a more inclusive learning environment in higher education.

In this research project we will investigate the interplay between students and the curricula of the course programmes in which they are enrolled, to learn more about the way in which the student-curriculum interplay affects academic trajectories of diverse students. We will use existing longitudinal student data from the university wide database, in combination with data from the various curricula (i.e., curriculum scan) which need to be collected. Combining data on students’ academic trajectories and curriculum data will give an insight in the interplay between students and the curriculum, which is an important step in explaining similarities and differences in academic outcomes of diverse students. As a result, we will be able to understand turning points in students’ academic trajectories throughout these course programmes. In addition, we will develop and monitor interventions to impact the inclusiveness of the learning environment. We will do this in collaboration with partner universities in Europe.

 Next to research (0.6 fte), the postdoc will be involved in teaching in the Bachelor-programme of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences and/or Master-programme Educational Sciences (0.2 fte).


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • A recently finished Ph.D. in Educational Sciences, Psychology or related field;
  • Knowledge of and/ or affinity with theory and research on diversity in (higher) education;
  • Experience and affiliation with qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Excellent command of both Dutch and English;
  • Flexibility and dedication;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work well in a team, as well as autonomously.

Conditions of employment

Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Your employment term will be 18 months. Your remuneration will depend on the position, your specific knowledge and experience It will be calculated on the basis of full-time salary ranging between EUR 3637 and 4138 gross per month (salary scale 11  CAO NU ). Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 annual leave days in case of a full work week. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library. It is also possible to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) within the 18 month project.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural 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 programs 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 programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 4000 students and more than 400 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit

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 and is embedded within the Faculty of Social Science. The education is characterized by a successful and innovative didactical approach: problem based learning in combination with extensive professional and academic skills training. Our bachelor and master tracks receive top rankings each year.



  • Postdoc positions
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • €3637—€4138 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ESSB/11042019/54068


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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