Theme Chair Planetary Health - (Associate) Professor

Theme Chair Planetary Health - (Associate) Professor

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Job description

Do you want to have an impact on issues in the outside world by combining insights from different disciplines? Do you want to be a part of a leading European school and build your own team as (associate-) professor in Planetary Health? Then we might have an opportunity for you.

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), is a leading European school in health policy and management, with strong presence in health economics, health services and health systems research, socio-medical sciences, healthcare governance, and health insurance.
To deliver on important societal challenges, ESHPM has defined a strategic agenda that envisions significant investments in three new themes (Global Health, Sustainable Healthcare & Workforce and Planetary Health) as well as an enabling data infrastructure. Each theme is to be led jointly by a newly appointed Theme Chair and the current ESHPM department heads.

To strengthen the Planetary Health theme, ESHPM is now recruiting for a new:

Theme Chair Planetary Health - (Associate-) Professor
Planetary Health
In the context of climate change, healthcare systems around the world are looking for adequate responses, both in relation to reducing the ecological burden of healthcare and by improving the resilience of communities and the healthcare system. Further research in these areas is urgently needed. We have developed a program on the basis of two lines of research.

When it concerns mitigation of the causes of climate change, the primary focus is on a more environmentally sustainable healthcare system. What can be improved in the organization and delivery of healthcare and the behavior of citizens and patients to reduce the impact of the healthcare sector on climate change? What organizational and financial models could be used to optimize the use of resources and change behaviour of actors in the healthcare system towards responsible practices?
When it concerns coping with the impact of climate change, the primary focus is on understanding the relationship between climate change, the health and well-being of citizens and responses from the (public) health system. Which policies can help reduce the impact of climate change on health, with a focus on vulnerable groups in the population, and contribute to building more climate resilient communities and healthcare systems? Given the complexity of these challenges, they need to be tackled at several policy levels, both (inter)nationally and locally. When doing so, multiple drivers and effects of environmental impact need to be taken into account.

Job description
We are recruiting a Theme Chair who will contribute to a shared vision for the Planetary Health theme at ESHPM, including education, research and impact, in close alignment with the Management Team and Faculty Board of ESHPM. Furthermore, the position includes:
  • providing leadership for all staff (including PhD students) working in the Planetary Health theme;
  • taking financial and HR management responsibility;
  • collaborating with the ESHPM Management Team to recruit additional capacity in this theme (consisting of 2 assistant professors and 2 PhD students);
  • connecting the various disciplines both within ESHPM and EUR faculties;
  • fostering interdisciplinary research and representing ESHPM in external bodies relevant for the Planetary Health research theme;
  • contributing to existing educational activities and development of new courses and teaching programmes;
  • creating societal impact.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


The ideal candidate is a bridge-builder who provides inspiring and inclusive leadership, who can foster community spirit and connect national and international stakeholders through vision and content.

To excel in this role, the preferred candidate should:
  • be or have the potential to become a world leading expert in (aspects of) Planetary Health;
  • hold a PhD (>5 years);
  • have a track record qualifying for appointment as (associate-) professor, which includes relevant academic publications and generated research incomes;
  • be an academic leader who can stimulate people through a shared and collaborative vision;
  • be able to oversee the Planetary Health field and make connections with various disciplines;
  • have extensive teaching experience, including teaching qualifications;
  • be able to articulate a strategic vision and action plan for the theme;
  • have demonstrated experience with leading research teams including financial and HR management responsibilities;
  • embrace the Erasmian Values of diversity, social safety and inclusiveness;
  • have the moral ambition to serve the planet with this position.

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time position as Theme Chair at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The position is located within Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM). It is required you live in or move to the Netherlands for this position.

We offer a contract for 18 months (for new employees) with the possibility of extension into a permanent position. Remuneration will be according to the scales set by the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (cao NU) and will range depending on the profile. Fulltime is 38 hours per week.
In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, offers excellent secondary benefits, and a very generous 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 education budget, work-life balance coaches and more. Employees can also use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus sports centre and the University library. The starting date will be as soon as possible.

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 collaboration 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 potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our success, 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 that makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

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 Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is an institute of EUR, affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Erasmus Medical Centre, that plays a leading position in healthcare sciences and health policy. ESHPM is responsible for a bachelor, pre-master and three (international) master programs on healthcare management, policy, and economics, serving more than 1500 students. The most recent international research audit has assessed ESHPM's research as excellent (20 out of 20 points). ESHPM values empirical, multidisciplinary research with high impact. It is firmly rooted in the world's leading Dutch health care system and actively participates in international research projects, in particular EU funded projects.


ESHPM is organised in 7 research departments, each lead by a head of department. ESHPM also has strong relations to iMTA and ECZB; private entities of EUR Holding with world-leading expertise in Health Technology Assessment and Health Business Administration. The unique combination of policy sciences, sociology, economics, management, and law enables ESHPM to conduct world leading research and educate the next generation of healthcare managers, policymakers, and researchers. ESHPM also is a core Faculty in the Convergence Alliance (TU Delft, EUR and Erasmus MC) as well as Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) with cross-cutting research programs in Health & Technology, Resilient Cities, Pandemic Preparedness and Healthy Society.


  • Associate professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €5784—€7362 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3551


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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