Research Funding Officer ESHCC / ERS

Research Funding Officer ESHCC / ERS

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20 Mar 5 Apr Rotterdam

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Research funding (grants) officer needed for the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.

Job description

As Research Funding Officer at the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication (ESHCC) you are responsible for guiding the School’s research staff towards acquiring a diversity of national and international grant opportunities. At the same time you are also a key advisor to the faculty leadership, who you guide in implementing the right strategies, policies and procedures to maximize its research funding potential.

Job description
You assist researchers in the preparation of collaborative grant applications and tenders, offering substantive feedback to enhance the quality of submissions. You also identify talent who are ready to apply for a personal grant and connect them to your colleague who specializes in personal grants. You initiate and coordinate any further activities aimed at nurturing (international) research talents and play a pivotal role in the development of internal policy and processes related to grant applications, prize nominations, and memberships.

As a key contributor to the strategic positioning of research funding, you serve as a sounding board for the Vice Dean of Research and the Research Management Board, ensuring the School's continued excellence in securing research funding.

Four days a week you operate from the ESHCC Research Office, the hub of research policy and support within the School, where you work on School grants and strategy in collaboration with colleagues from the Research Office, Finance, HR and of course our researchers.

The remaining one day a week you will spend at the central Grants team at Erasmus Research Services, a team consisting of Grant Advisors from across the university who work together on building grant support infrastructure, enabling cross-facultary projects, delivering grants trainings to researchers across the university and mutual learning.

Your responsibilities will include:

At the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC):
  1. Staying informed of all kinds of funding opportunities (NWO/EU/KNAW, etc.). Identifying the appropriate grant pathways that match researchers' career stages;
  2. Providing guidance and feedback on collaborative grants from NWO/EU and other funders;
  3. Developing and implementing a research funding strategy for the School as well as the underlying policies and guidelines. You do this in close collaboration with all the appropriate stakeholders;
  4. Create and maintain an overview of all research talent housed within the School, as well as their research topics. Leverage this overview to connect the right person to the right funding opportunity;
  5. Collecting and analyzing data related to the grant application activity at the School, with the eye on providing reporting and identifying opportunities for refining the School's research grant policy.

At Erasmus Research Services (ERS):
  1. Work and learn with the other grant advisors on joint projects related to process standardisation, shared tools, and trainings for researchers;
  2. Act as a liaison for the School at ERS, and of ERS at the School.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


The ideal candidate would meet the following criteria:
  • Multiple years of experience with grants (EU and preferably national);
  • Knowledge and experience working within a research environment;
  • Know-how and experience in designing and implementing policy and processes;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English (CEFR level C1).
  • Is willing to attend classes we provide to learn Dutch up to CEFR level B2.

The following are not requirements but will be looked on favourably:
  • A background or affinity with humanities.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 1 June 2024 and you will be based in Erasmus Research Services (ERS). This position is for 1 fte. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 4.332 to a maximum of € 5.929 gross per month Scale 11 on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU. The contract is entered into for the duration of 1 year and can be converted into a permanent contract if performance is good and the organizational circumstances remain unchanged.

Everything else we offer you, you can find below!


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.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The school has three departments: History, Arts 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. ESHCC recently launched their faculty-wide research institute, the Erasmus Institute for Media, Culture, History and Society (ERMeCHS).

Erasmus Research Services

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) advances excellent research and engagement to maximize positive societal impact. ERS creates conditions for transparent, inclusive, collaborative, and impactful research through strategic and operational expertise.

We provide pathways for talents to reach their full potential and we advance fruitful collaborations, enabling Erasmus University to be a front runner in embedding excellent research in society. The following areas of support are embedded within ERS: Business Development, Grant Support, Legal Counsels, Open Science, Research Data Management, Ethics Review and Research Intelligence. ERS is a relatively young service department within Erasmus University Rotterdam and is steadily building and extending its service portfolio. ERS provides support to all faculties of Erasmus university Rotterdam (occasionally to Erasmus University Medical Center).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4183


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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