Design researcher for Societal Challenges

Research / Academic

Within the Erasmus Governance Design Studio (part of the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam), there is a vacancy for a designer / design researcher in the field of governance, policy and public management. The Erasmus Governance Design Studio develops and applies design-based approaches in combination with insights from social and behavioral sciences to find innovative ways to deal with societal challenges.

We are looking for a candidate with a Ph.D. in any design-related discipline and with experience with public issues (social design, transition or system design, public design). The candidate has to be able to develop a strong connection between the design disciplines and public administration and has a proven ability to apply design in the context of societal challenges. He or she is willing to further strengthen national and international networks on design and public administration and is able to play a crucial role in the collaboration between the EUR and (among others) the City of Rotterdam with whom we conduct many different design-based research projects.

The candidate will get a role in developing a professional design module in the various (Dutch) master tracks of the master Public Administration, fitting in our ambition to bring societal impact into the core of our educational programs. He or she will also be involved in acquiring, coordinating and executing design-oriented research and education projects on a wide variety of topics and will play a role in supervising Ph.D., master and bachelor theses.

The teaching and research obligations will be each 50% of your contract hours.


  • A background in a design discipline with a strong focus on public issues and governance;
  • Strong knowledge of public administration as a discipline;
  • A strong dedication to societal impact based upon excellent and innovative scientific research;
  • A proven ability to apply design methods in the context of public / societal challenges;
  • Oganizational skills (coordination and planning, project management);
  • A proven ability to publish in international journals;
  • Experience in education or supervision of theses.

Salary Benefits:

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 employment term will be initially one year. To be lengthened with three years if your performance proves satisfactory. Your remuneration will depend on the position, your specific knowledge and experience It will be calculated on the basis of full-time salary ranging between EUR 3.637 and 4.978 gross per month (salary scale 11, CAO NU). 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.

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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