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The Design Impact Transition platform is always looking for inspiring people to join our team. Take a look at the open calls below for more information on what we’re looking for and how you can apply.

There are two vacancies.

We are looking for a research assistant to support the EUR’s transition to an impact-oriented university

Would you like to support academic research with societal impact at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? Apply here as soon as possible to start at the Design, Impact and Transition (DIT) Platform at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

We are looking for a motivated research assistant who wants to work with us on the transition of EUR to an impact-oriented university. The ideal candidate will be part of the DIT platform, a strategic EUR initiative that empowers new ways of doing research, education and engagement in the support of societal transitions towards just and sustainable futures. DIT develops new institutional conditions and designs to strengthen transdisciplinary and impact-oriented academic work, based on collaboration, engagement and academic entrepreneurship. We work on various activities, including creating a community on transformative academic work, developing educational programmes (minors and a master’s programme) and setting up research projects. We understand transformative research as follows: “transformative research aims to address the grand challenges of our time by creating and deploying new ideas, methods, and tools to challenge, alter and replace current unsustainable formal and informal institutions. It is based on systems thinking and includes transdisciplinary research endeavours that allow for creating scientifically valid and socially robust knowledge, with the mission of fostering sustainability transitions” (DIT Narrative for Change, November 2021).

Your main tasks

As a research assistant, you will work closely with our DIT Academic Transformative Research, on the following tasks:

  • General research assistance activities including empirical data collection, interviews, and literature reviews.
  • Preparation and organization of both offline and online events and workshops, often in collaboration with people from other EUR departments or other universities.
  • Coordinating our Early Career Researcher Study Group on action-oriented research
  • Writing reports, and blogs and communicating your insights and analyses on the DIT-platform website and social media channels.

What are we looking for?

You are the ideal candidate if you:

  • Follow a master’s study in the field of social change, sustainability, development, innovation, and/or other related fields;
  • Have affinity and/or experience with sustainability, transitions, transformation, social innovation, and/or related themes;
  • Are comfortable writing academic as well as non-academic text in English and Dutch (native or C1 level required);
  • Are an ambitious problem-solver and critical thinker; 
  • Are proactive, collaborative, and can work independently and remotely;
  • Are curious and not afraid to dive into a subject or learn a new digital tool.

We are looking for an assistant who can start working as soon as possible, preferably for a period of 6 months. We would like to have you on board for a minimum of 4 months (16-24 hours a week).

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply to become our new intern! This is a rolling vacancy, with a final application deadline November 15th, 2022.

Send your CV and a motivation letter to dit@eur.nl as soon as possible. Mention “DIT Research Assistant [Your name]” in the subject of the email. 

We are looking for an intern to support the EUR’s transition to an impact-oriented university

Would you like to support academic research and education with societal impact at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? Apply here as soon as possible to start your internship at Design, Impact and Transition (DIT) Platform at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

We are looking for a motivated intern who wants to work with us on the transition of EUR to an impact-oriented university. The ideal candidate will be part of the DIT platform, a strategic EUR initiative that empowers new ways of doing research, education and engagement in the support of societal transitions towards just and sustainable futures. DIT develops new institutional conditions and designs to strengthen transdisciplinary and impact-oriented academic work, based on collaboration, engagement and academic entrepreneurship. We work on various activities, including creating a community on transformative academic work, developing educational programmes (minors and a master’s programme) and setting up research projects. We understand transformative research as follows: “transformative research aims to address the grand challenges of our time by creating and deploying new ideas, methods, and tools to challenge, alter and replace current unsustainable formal and informal institutions. It is based on systems thinking and includes transdisciplinary research endeavours that allow for creating scientifically valid and socially robust knowledge, with the mission of fostering sustainability transitions” (DIT Narrative for Change, November 2021).

Your main tasks

As a DIT intern, you will work closely with our DIT Academic Transformative Research, on the following tasks:

  • Carrying out a literature review and empirical work on different institutional designs of university institutes working on questions of sustainability, innovation and transformation 
  • Support in general research assistance activities including interview transcriptions and literature reviews.
  • Support in the preparation and organization of events, sessions and/or webinars.
  • Support in writing reports, and blogs and communicating your insights and analyses on the DIT-platform website and social media channels.

What the DIT-Platform has to offer

DIT offers a safe, inspiring and thought-provoking work environment where you can experiment to the fullest, collaborate with like-minded colleagues and contribute to the necessary transitions that society and the university are needing. We work together based on trust, an entrepreneurial attitude and societal engagement.

You will get the opportunity to take responsibility and work as a member of the DIT team, joining meetings and events next to the project you’re working on. You can also work flexibly: partly at our DIT office on the Erasmus University campus in Rotterdam, and partly outside the office. You will have access to an internship supervisor, with whom you can discuss the progress of your internship. It is possible to combine this research internship with writing your thesis, possibly with guidance from DIT. With a full-time internship (40 hours per week - 1.0fte), we offer an internship allowance of 450 euros per month (incl. travel allowance).

What are we looking for?

You are the ideal candidate if you:

  • Follow a master’s study in the field of social change, sustainability, justice, development, innovation, and/or other related fields;
  • Have affinity and experience with sustainability, justice, transitions, transformation, social innovation, university transition, organizational studies, and/or related themes;
  • Are comfortable writing academic as well as non-academic text in English and Dutch (native or C1 level required);
  • Are an ambitious problem-solver and critical thinker; 
  • Are proactive, collaborative, and can work independently and remotely;
  • Are curious and not afraid to dive into a subject or learn a new digital tool.

It is possible and even advisable to combine this internship with writing a thesis on a research topic in line with DIT's work.

We are looking for an intern who can start working as soon as possible, preferably for a period of 6 months. We would like to have you on board for a minimum of 4 months (32 hours a week).

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply to become our new intern! This is a rolling vacancy, with a final application deadline November 15th, 2022. 

Send your CV and a motivation letter to dit@eur.nl as soon as possible. Mention “DIT Internship [Your name]” in the subject of the email. 
 

We are looking for talented mid-career EUR academics who are not currently receiving enough space, time, or appreciation for the impactful and engaging research they would like to do or are now conducting primarily in their spare time. DIT will help you formulate and execute your transformative academic assignment and support you in the development of your impact career pathway. Read more

DIT platform welcomes applications from academics who are employed at other universities or institutes for a visiting fellowship. During a period of 2 months up to 1 year you will become a part of our team and work with us on projects or activities matching your interests and/or experience.

Who are we looking for?

You are a researcher at PhD or Postdoc level with strong affinity for and/or experience in transdisciplinary and/or transformative academic work, or who focuses on topics related to sustainability, societal transitions or changing academic contexts. We expect you to arrange your own funding and share a draft work plan for your visit: a short description of the topic/theme you would like to work on including how this aligns with DIT’s objectives. You may also indicate whom at DIT you would like to work with.

What do we offer?

During your stay you will be guided by one of the DIT academics and be part of the DIT team. We will provide a desk in our office and arrange physical and digital access to facilities for working at Erasmus University Rotterdam. You will be invited to participate in DIT’s staff meetings, research activities and events and get to know researchers across Erasmus University who are working on similar challenges.

Please send your CV and a short motivation letter to dit@eur.nl.  We strive to respond to your application within 5 working days. If you have questions or would like to discuss whether your ambitions fit with DIT platform, you are welcome to reach out to j.m.wittmayer@drift.eur.nl.

We welcome applications for internships from students who are interested in working on transdisciplinary and transformative research and education, as well as topics related to sustainability, societal transitions and changing academic contexts. You don’t have to be familiar with these topics, take a look at our narrative for change to learn more.

Who are we looking for?

You are a university student at master’s level OR you are in your third year or higher at a university of applied sciences and you are available for a minimum of 4 months. You will be asked to write a draft plan for your internship: a short description of the topic/theme you would like to work on including how this aligns with DIT’s objectives.

What do we offer?

During your internship you will receive a standard compensation of €450 a month based on a fulltime work week and have a (flex) desk at the DIT office. You will get the opportunity to take responsibility and work as a member of the DIT team, joining meetings and events next to the project you’re working on. We can accommodate both work experience internships and research internships. One of the DIT staff members will be appointed as your supervisor and help you on your way.

Please send your CV and a short motivation letter to dit@eur.nl and specify what you would like to work on and whether you are looking for a research internship or a work experience internship. We strive to respond to your application within 5 working days. If you have questions or would like to discuss whether your ambitions fit with the DIT platform, you are welcome to reach out to dit@eur.nl.

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