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PhD student – Age-friendly communities for older migrants – 1.0 fte

With populations aging rapidly, service providers and policy makers are increasingly aware of the importance of building and maintaining age-friendly …

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Burgemeester Oudlaan, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur


With populations aging rapidly, service providers and policy makers are increasingly aware of the importance of building and maintaining age-friendly communities. As people age they become frailer, which increases their needs for neighbourhood characteristics enabling them to age in place. Research could play an important role in understanding the meaning and enhancement of age-friendliness in different communities, and the identification of relationships between changes at the personal level and environmental conditions, and, in turn, their relationships to well-being among older migrants. Interventions using nudges play into cognitive biases by changing how choices are presented to individuals so that people’s cognitive biases lead them to act in their best interest, that of society’s, or both.
The aim of this PhD project is to understand why some communities are more age-friendly than others and what it takes to develop such communities for older migrants. The project employs a mixed-method strategy combining a quantitative and qualitative inquiry to develop and evaluate community studies in which a different set of conditions will be tested to assess age-friendliness for older immigrants.
As a PhD student you are part of a research team. You will be guided by Prof. dr. Anna Petra Nieboer within the department of Socio-Medical Sciences and Prof.dr. Semiha Denktas within the Rotterdam Center for Health Promotion. In addition, you will be involved in teaching activities within the bachelor Health Sciences and in the master Healthcare Management at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management.


The successful applicant for this position is expected to have a master's degree in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, social psychology), health sciences, migration studies or research methods. The position requires advanced skills in theory construction and research methods. A good statistical background and experience with quantitative research is essential; an interest or experience with qualitative methods is an advantage. In addition, you should be proactive and supportive in research settings with older migrants. Applicants must have excellent speaking and writing skills in Dutch and English, and have a strong motivation for teaching and research within the particular field. Computer skills should include SPSS, SAS, R or similar statistical software.


We offer a position as PhD student at EUR. PhD students are appointed for a period of 4 years, starting with a temporary contract for 1.5 years followed by a second temporary contract for 2.5 years. Remuneration will be in accordance with the PhD scale set by the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Fulltime work will pay € 2.222.- per month gross in the first year, increasing up to € 2.840.- in the fourth year. EUR offers a set end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and there are generous opportunities for additional education.

Additional information

For additional information you can contact Prof. dr. Anna Petra Nieboer (email nieboer@eshpm.eur.nl; Phone 010 408 2804) or Prof.dr. Semiha Denktas (email denktas@euc.eur.nl; Phone 010 4089750).