Gepubliceerd op 05-01-2021

Postdoctoral researcher on institutions for collective action

You will be contributing to developing a better understanding of the role of institutions for collective action for society in the long run, and to translate academic results on the topic to the general public.
Position: Academic
Department: Department of Business-society Management
Visible since: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Deadline: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Hours: 36-40
Reference: 3389

Your role

You will be involved in the UNICA-project, which stands for “Building a UNified theory for the development and resilience of Institutions for Collective Action for Europe in the past millennium” (see http://www.collective-action.info/unica for the description of the project) as researcher and co-supervisor of two PhD-students to be hired for the project.

As researcher you will be responsible for sub-project 2 of the UNICA-project (www.collective-action.info/subproject-2). This means you will focus on building a meso-comparison of the development of institutions for collective action and their scaling-strategies over time, along the lines as described in the project proposal on the website. As postdoc you will also get substantial possibilities to develop this part of the project independently and to develop other fields of expertise.

As a co-supervisor, you will be involved in the daily supervision of the two PhD-students working within UNICA. You will become part of the ICA-research team which focuses on institutions for collective action and social enterprises, and you will also co-operate with others within the team. You will learn from others working on various types of ICAs, can also transfer your knowledge on the topic to other team members, and develop your coaching and project management skills.

Your main tasks

  • Some of the research is desk research. Another part will be done by compiling databases on the evolution of various kinds of ICAs over time and to analyse the data. And the research on present-day ICAs can be performed in other ways, for example surveys and interviews.
  • You will also be actively involved in supervising PhD-members of the team and collaborating with other team members when exchanging knowledge and expertise.
  • As a member of RSM’s Department of Business-Society Management you will also be involved in some teaching assignments linked to your expertise.

Required qualifications

  • A PhD in the social sciences or humanities with a focus on (issues related to) institutions for collective action and/or social enterprises.
  • Experience in publishing in high-quality academic journals, preferably also in the field of management.

Your required competences

  • You have recently obtained your PhD and are looking for an enthusiastic, multidisciplinary environment where you can focus on building a research career (including also support in writing your own grant proposals and setting your own research agenda)
  • You can translate your research to societally relevant information and instruments. You are also willing to learn how to improve your teaching skills.
  • Interest in longitudinal approaches to understanding societal problems.
  • Affinity with longitudinal historical research and dealing with archival sources is a plus for these positions.
  • Inquisitive nature, capable of planning ahead.
  • Social skills to engage with other colleagues and societal stakeholders and interested in experimenting with new research approaches.
  • People skills to work in a team with a great variety in academic disciplines represented, willingness to contribute to the work of others and the functioning of the research team. Willingness to invest in developing supervision skills.
  • Sufficient discipline to master a broad base of scientific literature.
  • Multi-disciplinary attitude.

We offer

An interesting position for the right candidate to develop themselves in the communications profession within an inspirational organisation that is highly socially involved, with close connections to societal partners.

This is a 0.9 FTE position, but can be supplemented with a 0.1 FTE with additional tasks within the team or with teaching assignments. Working from home will be possible to a certain extent.

The post-doc researcher will start at the earliest on the 1st of July 2021, but at the latest on the 1st of September 2021.

The conditions of employment correspond with the collective labour agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO VSNU)

Salary is subject to training and experience and may vary from a minimum of € 3,746 (scale 11 CAO NU) gross per month and up to a maximum of € 5,127 gross per month (scale 11 CAO NU), based on a full-time contract of 38 hours.

Erasmus University Rotterdam has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8 per cent, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 per cent, and 41 vacation days (full-time). More information is available at https://www.eur.nl/en/working/eur-employer


Are you interested in this position? We would like to hear from you before 30th of January 2021. Make sure to send your:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV, including the names of two referees
  • Referee letter from at least one of the referees
  • Full PhD as submitted (as pdf)
  • A concise documents (max 2000 words) in which you explain how you will approach the project and how this fits your expertise.

If you have any questions about position, please contact Tine De Moor, demoor@rsm.nl

About RSM

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl

RSM is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.

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