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Postdoctoral researcher evaluating (cost-)effectiveness of behavioural interventions at Erasmus University Rotterdam – BIG’R (0,9fte)

The Behavioural Insights Group-Rotterdam (BIG’R) was launched in October 2017 and is a collaboration between the municipality of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. It consists of a team of passionate behavioral scientists, researchers ...

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The Behavioural Insights Group-Rotterdam (BIG’R) was launched in October 2017 and is a collaboration between the municipality of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. It consists of a team of passionate behavioral scientists, researchers from other disciplines, policy makers and communication professionals. For more information about BIG’R please visit our website: www.bigrotterdam.nl

As a team we look for interventions based on behavioural sciences (e.g nudges) to improve outcomes in several policy fields, e.g legal bike parking, reducing violence within Rotterdam nightlife, or reducing no shows at municipal appointments; essentially making the city of Rotterdam a better place to live, work and visit. As the postdoctoral researcher, you will be responsible for: a) designing interventions together with PhDs, researchers from the municipality of Rotterdam, and policy makers, and; b) rigorously evaluating the interventions with the same team. The evaluation of the intervention will often include an impact evaluation, a process evaluation, and a cost-effectiveness evaluation. Furthermore, you will work on translating the knowledge gained from these evaluations into lessons learned and best practices for policy makers.

Your tasks will consist of:
 Reading the relevant literature to improve the evidence-base for BIG’R interventions;
 Designing, coordinating and conducting the evaluation of BIG’R interventions;
 Aligning the evaluation with other stakeholders, e.g. services of the municipality;
 Writing scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals;
 Contributing to policy-oriented reports on BIG’R projects;
 Presenting at national and international scientific conferences;
 Participating in and leading regular project team meetings with stakeholders;
 Writing grant applications for future projects.


 PhD in one of the behavioural sciences (e.g. Psychology or Economics);
 Excellent research and methodological skills. A strong quantitative background is required, both quantitative and qualitative background is preferred;
 Experience in designing, conducting, and analysing experimental studies, preferably RCTs. Experience with cost-effectiveness and process evaluations is preferred;
 Good academic writing and presentation skills;
 Excellent communication, social, and organisational skills;
 Working proficiency in both Dutch and English.


  • You will be classified as a postdoctoral researcher in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);

  • You will be appointed for 1 year, with a possibility of extension. You will be appointed for an initial period of 12 months. Your performance will be evaluated towards the end of that initial period. If the evaluation is positive, the contract may be extended by 2 years.

  • The conditions of employment comply with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten/ Collective Agreement Netherlands Universities (CAO NU). The starting salary is €3475, - gross per month on a full-time basis (scale 11.0), the salary will increase to €3605, - gross per month in the second year.

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and up to 41 annual vacation days in case of a full, 40-hour workweek.

  • In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library.

Additional information

All applications must include (use PDFs where possible):
1) Your curriculum vitae, including:
a. A short synopsis at the top of the document of work experience particularly relevant for this position.
b. A list of your publications. You may also include manuscripts under review and working papers.
c. The names of two academic and/or professional referees.
2) A digital copy of your PhD thesis.

Do you want to be part of BIG’R?
Please send your application to application.dpecs@essb.eur.nl. Please mention “postdoc candidate “BIG’R”.
The deadline to submit your complete application is 1 December 2017. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview with a selection committee.

Additional Information
For more information about this position you can send an e-mail to prof. Semiha Denktaş, academic director of the Behavioural Insights Group Rotterdam and Head of Department Social & Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University College (e-mail: Denktas@euc.eur.nl). “
Additional information and Application
Additional information about the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of Psychology can be obtained through one of the following links:
About the Erasmus University
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