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Project description: Effective protection of children in families experiencing violence and neglectThis PhD project aims to investigate  the effects of a child protection focusing on families in which violence or neglect occurs. The study is ...

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Project description: Effective protection of children in families experiencing violence and neglect
This PhD project aims to investigate the effects of a child protection focusing on families in which violence or neglect occurs. The study is part of a research programme on the intergenerational transfer of violence in families. Research questions in the project are as follows: 1) In comparison to regular care, what are benefits of protection measures, such as placing a child under supervision or placing a child in care? 2) Do differences exist between families with voluntary versus coerced/compulsory assistance?
The study makes use of available data of 2000 families in from the Safe Home program (Veilig Thuis) in the Netherlands. In addition, the doctoral student will collect supplementary data among 400 families in which violence takes place and one of the children has been placed in care.

The candidate is responsible for data collection, data analysis, and writing scientific papers for leading international peer reviewed scientific journals. The PhD candidate will participate in scientific meetings and departmental presentations. Following a PhD training in de Graduate School, and follow specific courses and participation in international conferences is part of the position.


- a degree and relevant background in Child and Family studies or Psychology; a completed, relevant research Master is recommended;
- excellent writing skills;
- a strong drive to conduct research;
- advanced statistic skills
- knowledge of or affinity with the theme of domestic violence;
- flexibe and stress resistant;
- excellent command of both Dutch and English;
- an open personality with excellent communication and organizational skills
- ability to work well in a team, but also at a high degree of autonomy.


This is a five-year PhD-position (0,8 fte). The initial contract will be running for a term of 1 year, which – depending on performance – will be extended.

Additional conditions of employment for a PhD-position:
The Erasmus University offers a salary of € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2.840,- gross per month in the final year in accordance with the Promovendus scale of CAO NU. Salary is based on a fulltime occupation. Objective of this temporary position is the production of a thesis leading to a PhD degree. Candidates are expected to submit a yearly progress report to the faculty’s standing committee for research.

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 232 hours leave per year based on a full-time appointment. In the case of an 8-hour workday, you build weekly 2 hours extra of leave on. Furthermore, the EUR is connected the ABP for pension provision and we provide partially paid parental leave. Also, employees can use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library.

Additional information

Additional information about the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and DPECS can be obtained through one of the following links:
About the Erasmus University
About the Erasmus School of Social and behavioural Science

Specific information about the research of the Clinical Child and Family Studies section can be found on https://www.eur.nl/en/essb/research-0/pedagogical-sciences-0
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof Dr Majone Steketee (steketee@essb.eur.nl)

To apply, please send your application letter with your CV, a list of courses and grades, and the names and contact details of two referees 22 January 2018 by e-mail to: application.dpecs@essb.eur.nl. Please mention “PhD candidate Effective youth protection”.


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 23.000 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. www.eur.nl/english

The Erasmus school of Social and Behavioral Sciences The Erasmus school of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB) home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: pedagogical sciences, psychology, public administration and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This diversity is also reflected 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, and its researchers have received major national and international research grants. 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 staff-members.

Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS)
The department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies houses innovative and highly ranked educational bachelor- and master programs. With the innovative didactical approach of Problem-Based Learning, small-scale education was introduced in Rotterdam. Our researchers publish in highly ranked journals and belong to the top of their fields. The well-equipped Erasmus Behavioural Lab makes it possible to conduct innovative research, and to train students in research and professional competencies.