Post-Doctoral Researcher

Erasmus University Rotterdam

The International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam the Netherlands is seeking to fill three full-time (100%) vacancies for the position of Post-Doctoral Researcher for a two year period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018.

We welcome applications from prospective postdoc researchers who are interested in doing operational research on gender, governance and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

At ISS, the researchers will be part of a dynamic, international and cross-disciplinary research group under the academic leadership of Professor Thea Hilhorst, Sylvia Bergh, Wendy Harcourt and Helen Hintjens. This project comprises a network of partners (the Overseas Development Institute in London, IOB, University of Antwerp; ISS of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Hague and others). 

The working languages of the project are both English and French. Applicants are expected to participate actively in seminars and workshops in the project, liaise regularly with DFID Kinshasa country advisors and spend a substantial amount of fieldwork in DRC. 

Job description

  • You will conduct research on processes of gender, governance, and development in the DRC;
  • 3 to 6 months of field research per year will be conducted in the DRC;
  • Research will be conducted in close collaboration with the academic and policy partners.
  • A number of publications will be written on the research, both aimed at academic audiences and applied audiences in policy and practice.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in development studies, political science, anthropology, economics or related social science disciplines.
  • Exceptions for the doctoral degree can be granted to applicants who are able to demonstrate similar research experience.
  • Research experience in the DRC is desirable, but similar experience in fragile states contexts is also accepted.
  • You obtained outstanding academic results.
  • You have a demonstrated capacity to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative, social and collaborative.
  • You have a demonstrated capacity to work in a multi-cultural, complex environment.
  • You are fluent in French, and are able to communicate in English. Knowledge of local languages is a plus.

For more information on the research program, conditions and application procedure, please see the full vacancy text at the ISS website. Applications may only be submitted online to / "Application PPP in DRC, ISS", and should include (1) a cover letter, (2) CV and (3) a brief description (1,000 words max.) of how the applicant aims to contribute to one of the research lines. Deadline for applications: 2 November 2016

The International Institute of Social Studies is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity and believes this will contribute to our mission and vision of being the best institute in our field. 

ISS ( is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities.

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