Erasmus University Rotterdam
Assistant Professor in Public Policy, Migration and Diversity (1 fte)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented research university with a strong social orientation in its teaching and research.
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Application deadline: May 15
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Assistant Professor in Public Policy, Migration and Diversity (1 fte)

Job description

As assistant professor in Public Policy, Migration and Diversity you contribute to research and education at the crossroads of the public policy and migration studies. In both education and research, you take issues of migration and (migration-related) diversity as case studies for the exploration of broader questions relevant to theoretical developments in the public policy. In addition, you contribute to the theoretical development of the field of migration studies as well. You will be positioned in at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS).

Research- and education tasks

In terms of research, you will contribute to as well as initiate research on issues of migration and (migration-related) diversity from a public policy perspective. You will play an active role in the development of new research projects and the acquisition of research funds (such as H2020, AMIF, JPI, ERC and NWO grants, and other), again at the crossroads of the public policy and migration studies. Furthermore, your research will contribute to and be embedded in the broader research agenda and current research projects in the research group and in DPAS more in general, on Vital Cities and Citizens, on Public Issues and Governance, and on the Governance of Migration and Diversity in particular. 

In terms of education, you will contribute both to generic public policy courses as well as to courses that focus more specifically on issue of migration and diversity. This includes generic bachelor programs as Public Administration, Sociology and Management of International Social Challenges (courses as Public Policy, Comparative Public Policy, Policy & Society), as well as master programs as Governance of Migration and Diversity (courses as Politics of Migration & Diversity) and the minor program Migration and Diversity: Governance of Multicultural Societies.

The position will consist for 60% out of teaching activities and 40% research activities.


We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with:

  • A completed PhD degree in public administration, public policy, political sciences, international studies, sociology or another discipline or field that is directly relevant to public policy.

  • A keen interest in investigating topics at the crossroads of public policy, migration & diversity, preferably demonstrated by previous work on similar topics;

  • A keen interest in cross-disciplinary research and/or collaboration;

  • A solid background in using a variety of research methods;

  • A keen interest in developing new research projects, together with DPAS colleagues, and an eye for funds acquisition; preferably demonstrated by previous efforts in designing new research projects;

  • Strong planning skills, ability to manage own and others’ work and related activities, ability to meet deadlines;

  • Good research qualities and writing skills, demonstrated for example by the PhD thesis and other publications;

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

  • Good skills in terms of management

  • Good writing skills and fluency in written and spoken English;

  • Good writing skills and fluency in written and spoken Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch within two years;

  • Good communicative skills, proactive and independent work attitude;

  • A great curiosity and enthusiasm for scientific research!

Conditions of employment

Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic and ambitious team of top researchers and lecturers, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Cao NU).

Employment preferably starts September 1st 2018. The initial contract will run for a term of 2 years, which – depending on performance (such as in education, publications and research acquisition) – will lead to a permanent position. The trial period is two months. The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). Your remuneration will depend on your specific knowledge and experience, and will be calculated ranging between €3.475 and € 5.405 gross per month, in accordance with scale 11-12 of CAO NU. Salary is based on a fulltime occupation (38 hour per week; 1.0 fte).

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, an end-of-year payment of 8.3% of the yearly salary and 232 hours leave per year (based on a full-time appointment of 38 hours). In case of a working day of 8 hours, you will weekly save 2 hours extra for annual leave (totally 328 hours).

In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members can make use of the facilities at the EUR campus, including the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library. Substantial 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.

More information about working conditions a can be found at:

Based on our internal career policy, internal candidates are given a prior position, relative to external candidates. Furthermore, diversity is one of our strategic priorities. Female candidates and/or candidates from an ethnic minority, candidates with an international background are encouraged to apply. Under the condition of equal quality and suitability, these candidates will have a priority position.

Additional information and application

You can obtain more information about the Erasmus University Rotterdam on

You can obtain more information about the Department of Public Administration and Sociology on and respectively.

For additional information on the vacancy of Assistant Professor Public Policy, Migration & Diversity, please send an email to    

Candidates are welcome to send their application including a curriculum vitae before May 15h 2018 by e-mail to: please mention <vacancy Assistent Professor Public Policy, Migration & Diversity> in the subject of your email.

We ask you to submit:
- a motivation letter, including your ideas/thoughts for the research you would like to initiate and your personal vision on teaching.
- your CV, including a list of academic output (e.g. publications, grants) and contact details of two referees.
- one publication in an international peer-reviewed and SSCI ranked journal, of which you are particularly proud (please include in PDF format)
- overview of recent teaching evaluations.

The selection committee will invite a limited number of candidates for an interview. You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 3 working days after the submission deadline; the interviews of the first round are planned on May 28th , the interviews of the second round are planned on June 6th .

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.

DPAS also hosts the coordinating office of the IMISCOE Research Network on International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe, which is Europe’s largest academic research network on migration and integration. In this context, DPAS has developed a long tradition of research on migration and diversity, both from a political science / public policy perspective as from a sociological perspective. DPAS is also one of the initiators of the recent development of an Erasmus Migration and Diversity Institute (EMDI) that further develops cooperation between migration scholars coming from very different departments of Erasmus University Rotterdam. DPAS also provides two tracks in the interdisciplinary master Governance of Migration and Diversity, which is a cooperation with Leiden University and Delft University of Technology.

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