2 PhD positions in an interdisciplinary research project ‘Sport and National Identity’. Deadline 31/03/2016

Location Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Function types Promotieplaatsen
Hours 40.0 hours per week
Education Gepromoveerd
Job number 162253
About employer Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR)
Short link www.academictransfer.com/32530

We are offering two PhD positions in an interdisciplinary research project ‘Sport and National Identity: Changing Citizenship and the Global Battle for Talent’. In this research we focus on the changing ideas on citizenship and legitimization of nationality in relation to sport.  The main question is: How and why did the number of migrant athletes change over time and how did this constitute the debate on the nation and citizenship in media and society? There are two projects: PhD (1) Increasing number of migrant athletes and citizenship changes in football and its discontent, 1930-2014 and PhD (2) Increasing number of migrant athletes and citizenship changes in the Olympics and its discontent 1894-2014. We are looking for sociologists and/or media specialists with a strong interest in history or historians with a strong background in sociological and/or media theory.


  • An academic degree (preferably research master) in history, the social sciences or media and communication.
  • A broad knowledge of key theories and perspectives in the field of migration, citizenship and sport.
  • A broad knowledge and mastery of common social scientific and/or historical research methods.
  • Affinity and experience with research; especially historical research; research in the social sciences and/or media and communication research.
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the
    C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF). Including a Proven capacity to write academic English.
  • Strong team-playing, organizational and communication skills.
  • Proven capacity to collaborate and work in a team
  • Ample experience in international academic settings.

Conditions of employment

Employment starts September 1, 2016. The initial contract will be running for a term of 1.5 years, which – depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years.

The conditions of employment correspond with the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten (CAO NU). For the job of PhD Candidate (Promovendus) the salary amounts to a maximum of € 2.779,- (grade P) gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract.

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek.

Contract type: Tijdelijk,


Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is concentrated in the fields of  Business Administration,  Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History, Culture and Communication, and Philosophy. In addition to the initial degree programmes and scientific research, the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes and courses. Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and some 2,700 staff members.

Working at the ErasmusUniversityRotterdam

Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in a professional environment, where development is encouraged through an active career and mobility policy. The Erasmus University Rotterdam highly appreciates flexibility: we have a 38-hour workweek, flexible working hours, possibilities to work part-time, and maternal/paternal leave. Moreover, the University has a company childcare scheme, possibilities to participate in a terms of employment option model, company savings program and life insurance schemes and favourable collective insurance schemes. Employees can also make use of facilities such as sports facilities and library.


Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communcation (ESHCC)

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication includes the Departments of Media and Communication, Arts and Culture Studies, and History at Erasmus University. The ESHCC is home to more than 1.000 students and some 120 staff members.

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW)

The Faculty of Social Sciences houses the four scientific disciplines (sociology, public administration, pedagogical sciences and psychology) with each their specific perspectives on people and society. Central in our training and research is our motto: Discover people. Discover society!=’

Additional information

Additional information about the position can be obtained from: Nelleke Nagtegaal-van den Broek nagtegaal@eshcc.eur.nl (secretary) or Dr. Gijsbert Oonk, oonk@eshcc.eur.nl (project leader).

How to apply

To apply, please send your application letter with CV including contact details of two referees, before March 31, 2016 by e-mail to Nelleke Nagtegaal-van den Broek, email: nagtegaal@eshcc.eur.nl  Please include “PhD position – Sport and National Identity” in the subject line of your message.