Job Erasmus University Rotterdam – Ph.D. Researcher “Governing transitions to a Circular Economy”

Deadline 15th April 2018

Erasmus University Rotterdam is seeking a driven, motivated and outstanding Ph.D. researcher interested in sustainability, sustainability transitions and the circular economy with a passion for linking scientific understanding and insights to policy. The doctoral researcher will be part of a fast-track doctoral stream (3-years) connected to an international research project on accelerating the transition to a circular economy at the food-energy-water nexus (FEW).


Candidates must have an excellent academic track record, a completed Master of Science degree, and demonstrated the capacity for interdisciplinary science research. They encourage candidates with a multi-disciplinary background in Innovation studies, Policy Studies, Urban Planning, Geography, Industrial ecology, Science and Technology Studies, Environmental science, Sociology, Environmental Sociology or Governance studies to apply.
An affinity with sustainability transitions, the concept of the circular economy, and/or innovation and governance studies is highly desirable. Ideally, the candidate has first-hand experiences with theories of innovation diffusion and/or assessment methods for circularity (e.g. MFA, LCA), Scenario & backcasting techniques, as well as transdisciplinary research approaches. The project requires intense collaborations with international practice partners. Candidates should be proficient in English (both writing and speaking), willing to collaborate and travel internationally,.

 In accordance with their employment policies, successful applicants will be offered a temporary contract for one year (starting June 1st, 2018), with conditions for an extension to two further years depending on performance. successful applicants will be employed by the ESSB faculty of Erasmus University and placed on secondment to the DRIFT institute.
Salary is subject to salary grades P0 to P2 (€ 2.083 to € 2.542 Brutto amounts). On inception of the employment contract, successful applicants will be placed in salary grade P0 (€ 2.083) for a period of 12 months. Salary grades correspond to the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch universities (CAO), a 40 hour-workweek, with a generous amount of leave days. In addition to the monthly salary, an end-of-year payment of 8,3% and a holiday allowance of 8% will be paid. They offer a dynamic and challenging environment and good working conditions as well as a flexible pension plan and various collective insurances. Employees can use the sports accommodation and the university library. The initial period is one year. At the end of the first year, performance will be evaluated, and if progress towards a Ph.D. is satisfactory, the employment will be prolonged for another two years.

Application process

Applicants are invited to send their application consisting of the following to Mrs. Maryce Koedood (

1. A full CV, including an overview of academic credits, and prior project or research activities (if applicable);
2. A motivation letter, specifying the candidate’s experiences and motivations for this position (in English); including a second page stating two references (names +  contact details). It is recommended to include a short explanation of the relationship between the candidate and the suggested referee (i.e. supervisor, work together, acted as a teaching assistant);
3. An executive summary of the candidate’s Master of science thesis also highlighting key insights from the thesis work (maximum length 1 page A4).

Important note: Documents 1, 2 and 3 should be sent as one PDF file entitled: LAST-NAME-OF-APPLICANT_Waste_FEW.pdf (e.g. SMITH_Waste_FEW.pdf) in one email. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Important Dates
• Application submission deadline is on the 15th of April 2018 at 12:00 CET.
• The first round of interviews will be held on the 23rd of April 2018. For applicants who live outside the Netherlands, we will conduct the interview via Skype.


• Appointment will start no later than the 1st of June 2018.


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