Postdoc Social and Urban Resilience | Living Lab in Rotterdam South (0,8 FTE)

You can no longer apply for this job (the deadline has passed).

Browse the current job offers

Job description

The School of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (ESSB-EUR) seeks to fill a Postdoc position for the research project Living Lab in Rotterdam SouthThe research project is part of the frontrunner program “Towards social and urban resilience for pandemics and disasters (SURE) of the Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Center (PDPC).

The frontrunner project “Towards social and urban resilience for pandemics and disasters (SURE)” will target various resilience properties and system dynamics. Central in the project is the concept of compounding risks and the idea that pre-existing vulnerabilities are enlarged in the case of a pandemic or disaster, often in geographically concentrated areas in cities. The frontrunner project will deal explicitly on urban heat and Covid-19, but will also touch upon other disasters such as energy poverty in a Living Lab situation. The research will concentrate in the region Rotterdam South, but will be connected to other living labs, among possible others the living lab The Hague South-West. The research project Social and Urban Resilience for Pandemics and Disasters (SURE) Living Lab in Rotterdam South will focus on the conditions under which citizens’ initiatives and forms of community participation arise in response to disasters and pandemics in vulnerable neighbourhoods, and the public infrastructures/governances that are needed to support citizens. The aim is to gain knowledge for identifying and strengthening relevant citizen initiatives as well as a design for an adaptive local public infrastructure for dealing with the social impact of disasters and pandemics. The results will be published in the form of a handbook.

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will start up a Living Lab in Rotterdam South in close co-operation with a PhD and with urban stakeholders (among which the GGD and the City of Rotterdam) and local residents; connect their experiences with other living in comparable neighbourhoods such as The Hague South-West,  write a handbook for urban stakeholders and professionals; present the results at conferences, and write articles, publishable in international refereed journals. The postdoctoral researcher will work together with a PhD, Prof. Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus Universiteit) and Prof. Jet Bussemaker (Universiteit Leiden/LUMC, campus The Hague).

About the Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Center

Erasmus MC, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam have joined forces in the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Center (PDPC). PDPC aims to prepare society for future pandemics and disasters. We will reduce vulnerabilities and risks and build resilience through effective disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery measures. Convergence of the technical, medical and social sciences is essential for developing the next generation of approaches to disasters and pandemics. In the foreseeable future, our society can expect many more and unforeseen virus outbreaks and extreme events because of climate change. But how do we protect society from the next pandemic or disaster? Which of the lessons learnt could develop prevention and intervention measures, and how could research contribute to preparedness?


The candidate should have:

  • PhD in Sociology, Public Administration, Political Science, Human Geography, Health Sciences, Public Health, or a related discipline.
  • a qualitative empirical research focus and experience with living labs in urban real-life contexts or related forms of action research and co-creation;
  • excellent Dutch and English language proficiency.
  • a scientific mindset, inquisitive personality, enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary team, and the capacity to work independently.
  • Communication skills for interacting with urban stakeholders and local residents in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of this position is ASAP and you will be based at ESSB/DPAS. The position is for 0,8  FTE. The salary starts from a minimum of € 3974,- to a maximum of € 5439,-gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with scale PR of the CAO-NU. Upon good performance position if offered for 1 year with the possibility to extend the position with another 14 months (26 months in total)

In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Additional information

You can find additional information on the employer (EUR) and the departments (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Department of Public Administration and Sociology) in the vacancy at the Academic Transfer website, or at

Information about the research project, including a more detailed description of the content and context of the research, can be obtained from Professor Godfried Engbersen (email:, or phone: +31 6 51257259.

Questions about the application procedure and other general questions should be addressed to our secretariat by

Application procedure

Please submit in PDF your application, consisting of:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your Master degree, including grade transcripts. If you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion.
  • An academic writing sample (e.g., journal article, Master thesis).
  • Names and contact details of two referees

Apply before 5-9-2022 via AcademicTransfer citing PhD PDPC.

Please refer to ‘postdoctoral researcher PDPC Frontrunner project 4’ in the subject line of your application.

The selection procedure consists of two interviews. Interviews are expected to be held in September.

Let’s go!

This application process is arranged via the Academic Transfer website. Make sure to apply before Sept 5.

Apply now