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Assistant Professor Public Policy: Innovation and Design (1,0 FTE, 4 years)

At the department of Public Administration and Sociology  there is a vacancy for an assistant professor working on the field of public policy, with a specific focus on policy design and policy innovation related to ...

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At the department of Public Administration and Sociology there is a vacancy for an assistant professor working on the field of public policy, with a specific focus on policy design and policy innovation related to questions of coproduction and co-creation. He or she will be asked to take care of a couple of policy-related courses in the Bachelor and Master Degree programs of the Department. The candidate will be involved in design-oriented research projects, initiated by the recently launched Erasmus Governance Design Studio.
Besides educational tasks, the assistant professor will also be asked to contribute to our research program on governance capacity, and especially on issues of policy innovation and policy design. Public authorities wrestle with the question how to design policies that fit into a rapidly changing context in which private, societal and civic actors ask for a government that gives room for their initiatives, facilitate them and collaborate to provide public goods and services.
Both the content and the character of policies are changing. Not only is policy increasingly the result of coproduction between a varieties of actors. But also its nature becomes more and more open and invitational: it aims for collaboration and welcome bottom-up initiatives to realize the formulated policy goals. This trend is visible in many, different policy domains, whether it comes to integration, local care and welfare, sustainability, climate adaptation or education.
Traditionally, the design of policies was mainly a matter of formulating a coherent and valid policy theory and selecting and fine-tuning those policy instruments that suit the predefined policy goals. When policies become both the result and starting point of co-creation, its design becomes a matter of co-design. That raises the intriguing question which design principles, methods and approaches can be used to define and apply ‘invitational policies’ and which instruments can be developed to realize that ambition.
This kind of policies do not necessarily fit into the existing routines, rules of the game and standard operating procedures that are embedded within local bureaucracies. Therefore, formulating and adopting these policies is also a matter of policy innovation. The empirical question than is how these innovation processes evolve and which factors hamper or contribute to their success.


• You have a PhD in Social Sciences, preferably a specialization in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Sciences;
• You have good knowledge on the field of Public Administration in general and Public Policy in particular, and are interested to contribute to the themes of policy innovation and policy design
• You have high quality scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals;
• You have excellent skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods;
• You are familiar with issues of policy design and design-oriented research methods and you are willing to contribute to the further development of the Erasmus Governance Design Studio;
• You have experience in carrying out scientific research independently;
• You have experience in acquiring research grants and doing contract research;
• You have good didactic skills and relevant teaching experience at academic level;
• You are in possession of a Basic Qualification Teaching (BKO) or you are willing to achieve this qualification;
• You are interested in the relation with the practical world of public administration;
• You have excellent written and oral skills in English.


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 starts as soon as possible and will run for a fixed term of one year initially, to be extended with three year(s) contingent upon satisfactory performance. The trial period is two months.
Your remuneration will depend on your specific knowledge and experience, but will be calculated on the base of full-time salary ranging between €3.475 and € 5.405 gross per month (38 hour per week; 1.0 fte, salary scale 11-12, Cao NU).
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.
More information about working conditions a can be found at:
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.

Based on our internal career policy, internal candidates are given a prior position, relative to external candidates. Further is diversity 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.
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.

Additional information

You can obtain more information about the Erasmus University Rotterdam on https://www.eur.nl/english/

You can obtain more information about the Department of Public Administration and Sociology on https://www.eur.nl/fsw/english/publicadministration/ and https://www.eur.nl/fsw/english/sociology/ respectively.

For additional information on the vacancy of assistant professor, please contact Prof.dr. M.W. van Buuren (phone: +31104082635; e-mail (vanbuuren@essb.eur.nl)

Candidates are welcome to send their application including a curriculum vitae before 12 December 2017 by e-mail to: vacature-dpas@essb.eur.nl. Please mention Assistant Professor Public Policy.

Eligible candidates will be invited for their first job interview on December 19 PM.


Erasmus University Rotterdam is a modern, highly ranked, international research university, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam. We were founded in 1913 and nowadays host 25.000 students. Our faculties and institutions work on global, national and local social challenges in the areas of: healthy development, wealth, governance, culture.

The quality of research at Erasmus University, named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. On the lively, modern campus, students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition.

Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in a professional environment, where development is encouraged through an active career and mobility policy. The Erasmus University Rotterdam highly appreciates flexibility: we have a 38-hour workweek, flexible working hours, possibilities to work part-time, and maternal/paternal leave. Moreover, the University has a company childcare scheme, possibilities to participate in a terms of employment option model, company savings program and life insurance schemes and favourable collective insurance schemes. Employees can also make use of facilities such as sports facilities and library.

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) 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 programmes 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 programmes are highly ranked by students and alumni. FSS is home to over 2500 students and 300 staff-members.

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.