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Postdoc position in organisational dynamics at Erasmus University



Objective of the job

The post-doctoral researcher will – in close collaboration with the new chair and the steering group of the strategic pillar – be responsible for further development of the new field of organisational dynamics in the digital society. This will involve both research related to the new chair as well as administrative tasks. A main research task concerns the development and coordination of a research panel. This panel should include workers with different employment status: public and private sector employees, solo self-employed, hybrid workers, and multiple job holders. This interdisciplinary ESSB panel will be used to study the impact of new organizational forms. The panel will also be made available to students in the new master program that will be connected to the new chair. An additional task concerns a coordinating role within the new knowledge network (Kenniswerkplaats) ‘Organisations in a Smart City’, which is being set up in collaboration with the municipality of Rotterdam. The post-doctoral researcher will support the new chair and the steering committee. Organisational dynamics in the digital society is a multi/interdisciplinary field in which we study, from a psychology, sociology, and public administration perspective, the blurring of organisational boundaries which includes the rise of smaller organisations, (semi-)selfemployment, bottom-up proactive employee work behaviors, network organizations, and the digital/platform economy.


Your tasks will consist of:

Reading and reviewing the relevant literature to improve our knowledge of the field of organisational dynamics in the digital society;
Setting up and coordinating the ESSB panel to study the impact of new organisational forms on workers with different employment status (about 0,3 fte);
Coordinating the new Kenniswerkplaats ‘Organisations in a Smart City’, including actively looking for and engaging new partners (about 0,25 fte);
Supporting the new chair and the steering group of the strategic pillar (organising meetings, providing information, updating the website, and so forth);
Setting up joint research projects with the new chair, members of the steering group, and/or other researchers involved in the pillar;
Writing scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals within the field;
Presenting at national and international scientific (and non-scientific) conferences;
Writing grant applications for future projects.

We are looking for a highly motivated scholar with:

A PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration or related field);
Strong affinity and experience with multi-disciplinary research;
Excellent research and methodological skills;
Experience with and knowledge of quantitative data collection, particularly panelresearch;
Good academic writing and presentation skills;
Excellent communication, social, and organisational skills;
Working proficiency in both Dutch and English (at a minimum level of C1, according to the Common European Framework), both oral and written.
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 initial employment term will be for one year (with a two months trial period), and will be extended by one more year if your performance proves satisfactory. Employment starts preferably no later than March 1st 2019.

Salary is subject to know-how and experience and corresponds to scale 11 CAO NU, which is between € 3.637 and € 4.978 gross per month on a full-time basis (38 hour per week; 1.0 fte).
Candidates who have recently obtained their PhD and have no previous postdoc experience start at the beginning of the scale.

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.

We aspire to be an inclusive organisation where everyone feels at home and therefore gets the opportunity to excel. Talent is the basis, diversity is the added value. The university believes in the enrichment that a mix of different people brings. That is why we strive to be a reflection of our student population and the city of Rotterdam with all its differences.


Diversity is one of our strategic priorities. Candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background and/or female candidates are encouraged to apply. Under the condition of equal quality and suitability, these candidates will have a priority position.

Tax benefits apply to non-Dutch citizens, conditional on permission granted by the Dutch Tax Office. Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.

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

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 2500 students and 300 staffmembers. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit