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Job opening for PhD position Decentralization of Care Provision

We are looking for a PhD candidate to carry out the research project “Provision of Care: Decentralization and Cooperation”, part of the programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies.


This is a four-year fully funded position, for a PhD candidate to carry out the research project “Provision of Care: Decentralization and Cooperation”.This project aims to understand the conditions under which the decentralization of care provision leads to possible social inequalities deriving from local variations in care provision. For a detailed project description, see the link

The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies (see: SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together researchers of Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, and Radboud University Nijmegen.

The PhD candidate will participate in the SCOOP PhD training programme, see: The PhD candidate will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities under the supervision of Dr. Tom Emery (primary supervisor), Prof. Pearl Dykstra and Prof. Martin van Hees.


The PhD candidate should

  • hold a Research Master degree in sociology, demography or have equivalent qualifications.
  • excel academically, as shown in grade transcripts and curriculum vitae.
  • have a solid understanding of advanced statistical methods for the analysis of register and survey data.
  • have an excellent written and spoken command of English.
  • have the ability and eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary research team as part of the SCOOP research programme.
  • preferably have some demonstrable interest in political philosophy and/or ethics.


Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Your initial employment term will be one year at first, it can be extended up to a maximum of four years if your performance proves satisfactory. Your remuneration on the basis of full-time salary will start at EUR 2.395 gross per month (salary scale PR, CAO NU) and will end up to EUR 3.061 gross per month (salary scale PR, CAO NU) in the fourth year. Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 annual leave days in case of a full work week. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities’ rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success


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 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 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 programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 4000 students and more than 400 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

DPAS covers the disciplines of Public Administration and Sociology. Two related scientific fields with different profiles. Public Administration studies governance capacity and policy interventions. It focuses on the institutional power to organize and intervene in the relations between different social, political and economic actors. Public Administration in Rotterdam goes well beyond the public realm itself and pays attention to public-private cooperation and networks of organizations. Sociology investigates the social structure of societies and the way it evolves. Sociologists in Rotterdam focus among other things on processes of globalization and individualization and on the effects of these processes on international social relations, the labor market or family relations. Related social problems that are studied are migration, flexibilization and solidarity. The perspectives of Public Administration and Sociology complement each other. Together they guarantee a highly relevant and scientific approach to topical administrative and social issues. The bachelor- and master programmes of DPAS are built on this profile and educate students to become scientifically schooled professionals.


We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. This means that we are looking for a person who can complement our team well. For more information about EUR and the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, please visit  For more a detailed project description, see the link

For additional information about this specific vacancy, please contact dr. Tom Emery, via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.