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PhD positions at Erasmus School of Economics

PhD vacancy at Erasmus School of Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Erasmus School of Economics has 7 open PhD positions.

These projects are hosted by Erasmus School of Economics and are affiliated with one of Schools’ graduate schools: ERIM or the Tinbergen Institute. Erasmus School of Economics has a long tradition of academic and applied research, and is a leading academic institution, hosting some of the world’s foremost economists in all major areas of economics and business economics.

Candidate Profile and Admission Requirements

Potential PhD candidates are expected to have:

  • A (Research) Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the PhD project
  • Excellent study results
  • Strong and explicit interest and motivation for scientific research
  • Excellent command of English (minimum CEFR C1)
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of their CVs, academic references, and interview(s) with potential supervisors.

Furthermore, candidates are required to be admissible to either ERIM (ERIM admission requirements) or the Tinbergen Institute (Tinbergen admission requirements), depending on the specific project.

Our Conditions of Employment

Our PhD projects are fully funded salaried positions with a duration of 4 or 5 years (depending on pre-education), meaning that appointed PhD candidates are employees of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). The salary for a PhD-employee (promovendus) starts at € 2,325 gross per month in the first year, increasing up to € 2,972 in the last year. In addition, the EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, along with 29 paid leave days in case of full-time employment.

Our university offers an attractive fringe benefits such as child care and excellent sports facilities. Additionally, the flexible Employment Conditions Selection Model allows you to put together your own personal package. Depending on the type of appointment, EUR also provides opportunities for personal development by offering short courses in addition to the scientific courses.

Moreover, we offer a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assists spouses in their search for a job on the Dutch labour market through an intensive three-step programme with a personalised approach that will suit each individual's unique needs by providing support, training and hopefully creating enjoyment around your spouse’s job search. Furthermore it provides possibilities to get in touch with other internationals and spouses at Erasmus University Rotterdam and in the region through workshops and network events. For more information, please visit our website.

The candidate's performance is evaluated after 18 months and after a sufficiently satisfactory assessment, the contract is extended for the remainder of the project.

The preferred starting date of PhD appointment is September 1st, 2020.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 or 5 years.

How to apply?

The recruitment round ends on January 8th, 2020. See the individual project descriptions on the PhD vacancy page to apply.

Additional information

Additional information about the application procedure can be obtained from the ESE doctoral office, Lindsey Pijpers, tel: +31 (0)10 408 9051 e-mail: [email protected]

For academic questions about the projects please contact the project supervisors listed in the individual project description.

For more information about Erasmus School of Economics visit:
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For more information about ERIM visit:

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