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PhD Candidate - ‘Innovation Adoption and Communication Management' (f/m, 1.0 FTE) in Media and Communication

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Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Job description
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD Candidate who will conduct PhD research partially in the context of a research project funded by the European Commission. This project examines the diffusion of innovation and supports increased uptake of ‘Building Information Modelling’ amongst a large consortium of European partners on a multiyear project. PhD related work on this ‘BIM-SPEED’ project focuses on strategic communication strategies and helping create an effective exploitation plan based on a diffusion of innovation approach.

Erasmus research for this project will be on (increasing) the adoption of BIM technology over the course of the four year project, supported by other project partners representing significant associations in the European construction sector.

Research duties (80%)
• Conducting PhD research within the framework of the BIM-SPEED project;
• Contributing to the data collection and data analysis of the project;
• Publishing and presenting research results in the form of articles in international peer reviewed journals and papers at international conferences;
• Writing a dissertation;
• Defending the dissertation to complete the doctoral degree;
• Participating in project meetings and workshops
• Performing organisational tasks in the context of ESHCC, in particular with regard to the Department of Media and Communication;
• Taking part in seminars, workshops, etc. that are organised by the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) as well as the research schools and scholarly associations of which ERMeCC is part.

Teaching duties (20%)
• Preparing and giving lessons within the context of the various degree programmes in the field of Media and Communication provided by the ESHCC;
• Monitoring the literature and integrating new insight into the lessons;
• Supervising and coaching students;
• Pointing out possible improvements and integrating them into teaching methods and/or the content of the lessons given;
• Contributing to the evaluation of the lessons, both in terms of structure and execution;
• Participating in committees or working groups, as well as performing designated organisational tasks.

• A Master’s degree in Communication, Business, Management or the Social Sciences, preferably a research master;
• Quantitative research knowledge and skills, particularly the development and analysis of survey data (amongst organisations);
• Proven affinity for quantitative empirical research, as evidenced by your master’s thesis, publications, research plans and other projects;
• Didactic potential. Teaching experience is considered an advantage;
• A willingness to develop knowledge and skills in various disciplines and to increase the ability to teach a wide range of subjects within the faculty’s degree programme;
• Organisational experience and skills;
• Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) offers education and research in the fields of Media and Communication, History, and Arts and Culture Studies. The faculty has approximately 1700 students and 130 employees.

Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from Jason Pridmore ( Yijing Wang ( or Vidhi Chaudhri (
More information on the position, conditions of employment and how to apply, including information about your motivation letter:

Status: PhD Studentship
Location: Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
Advert Published: 12 Sep 2018
Expiry date: 1 Oct 2018
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