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Post-doctoral fellow in Financial History for EURHISFIRM (0.8 FTE)

Job description Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) invites applications for a post‑doctoral position within the three-year Horizon 2020 …

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


Job description

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) invites applications for a post‑doctoral position within the three-year Horizon 2020 research project EURHISFIRM.

This three-year project starting in April 2018 will combine the expertise of eleven research institutions from seven European countries to design a world-class research infrastructure to connect, collect, collate, align, and share detailed, reliable and documented long-term company-level data for Europe to enable researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to analyse, develop, and evaluate effective strategies to promote investment and economic growth. To achieve this goal, EURHISFIRM will develop innovative tools to spark a big data revolution in the historical social sciences and to open access to cultural heritage in close cooperation with existing research infrastructures. The EURHISFIRM European project received € 3.4 million in financing from the European Commission through the H2020-INFRADEV-2017-1 research infrastructures call.


Required qualifications

  • PhD in Economic/Business/Financial History or in Finance/Economics

  • Knowledge of historical data

  • Technical background, with understanding or hands-on experience of data management, databases of historical data, and data warehouses

  • Technical background in digital social sciences

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Solid organisational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills

  • Fluent in English, both written and verbal (basic knowledge of Dutch is a plus).


Employment conditions

  • The 0.8FTE appointment will be to the position of postdoctoral research fellow for a period of 30 months until 31 March 2021. The preferred starting date is 1 October 2018. Remuneration will be in accordance with Scale 11 set by the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is subject to training and experience and corresponds to Scale 11 NU, minimum of € 3,475 per month and a maximum of € 4,757 gross based on a contract with 38 hours per week. In addition, there is an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and an 8% annual leave pay.

  • The supervisors for this project are Prof. Abe de Jong (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Prof. Joost Jonker (IISH and University of Amsterdam).

  • The location is in the Netherlands; RSM's Finance Department at Erasmus University Rotterdam’ Woudestein campus, with the opportunity to work at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

  • Contract type: Temporary, for the duration of the project.

Additional information


The post-doctoral fellow will be working within the project’s scientific team comprising researchers in economics, history, management, social sciences, and computer science. They will be co-responsible for two work packages:

(a) the infrastructure policy and architecture report (with co-ordinator and IT expert) and

(b) the cultural heritage report (with co-ordinator).

The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to contribute to the building of a collective expertise on, and tools for, data-driven historical research and digital history, as well as the co-ordination of the project. The candidate will benefit from interactions with the EURHISFIRM consortium (specialised in building financial history databases), and financial history scholars in the Netherlands.


  • Participation to the design of the EURHISFIRM database and data warehouse

  • Analysis of archival sources

  • Collaboration with the EURHISFIRM IT team in charge of developing IT tools for data collection and connection, and with the project managers

  • Contribution to the elaboration of the data management plan

  • Contribution to the project’s outputs through publication of research papers

  • Participation to the project’s events (consortium meetings, workshops, etc.)

  • Dissemination of the project’s results through conferences, seminars and other scientific events.


Applicants who would like to be considered should submit their CV and a motivation letter to Prof. Abe de Jong via ajong@rsm.nl. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications can be submitted until 31 May 2018.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Department of Finance

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 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.

The Department of Finance has a large, young, and highly international faculty educated at renowned institutions in Europe, the USA and Asia. We have a strong teaching tradition and international orientation.

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