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Junior researcher

The persistence of large inequalities in health, disease and premature mortality between people with a different socioeconomic position is one of the main …

8 maanden geleden


's-Gravendijkwal, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 2659 - € 4216 per maand


The persistence of large inequalities in health, disease and premature mortality between people with a different socioeconomic position is one of the main challenges for public health. Improving early child development and education is part of WHO's main strategy to tackle health inequalities. However, the mechanisms underlying socioeconomic inequalities in early child development and education are understudied.

The overall aim of this project is to: (i) describe socioeconomic inequalities in cognitive and social-emotional development outcomes and school-related outcomes at age 12, and the underlying trajectories of inequalities in these outcomes; (ii) examine the role of family, neighbourhood, school, and peers-related conditions in explaining these inequalities and trajectories; (iii) investigate the impact of developmental and school-related outcomes at age 12 on behavioural outcomes at age 15. Data will come from the Generation R birth cohort study in Rotterdam, which will be linked to neighbourhood level and school-level data from external sources.


We are looking for an ambitious candidate with an MSc degree - preferably a research master - in any of the following (or related) fields: Epidemiology, Education and Child Studies, Developmental Psychology, Health Sciences, Economics/Econometrics or Quantitative Sociology. The candicate is expected to have excellent quantitative and analytical skills, good knowledge of and experience with advanced quantitative data analysis techniques, and good writing skills. The candidate should be well-organized and be able to work well in a team as well as independently. Development of the study into a PhD thesis is possible, but depends on the availability of additional funding.

Being able to present a certificate of good conduct, a valid proof of identity, diploma's and/ or relevant registration such as BIG/ RGS are conditions for the appointment.


The vacancy concerns a temporary position for 3 years. The gross monthly salary amounts a maximum of € 4.216,- (scale 10), depending on your level of education and relevant experience and based on a full-time working week of 36 hours. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Tanja Houweling, assistant professor, phone number: +31 (0)10 704 37 33 or e-mail: a.j.houweling@erasmusmc.nl (e-mail preferred also for phone appointments) or Frank van Lenthe, Professor of Social Epidemiology, phone number +31 (0)10 704 42 20 or email: f.vanlenthe@erasmusmc.nl.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.