PhD-candidate Music Industries

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
April 20 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

 The POPLIVE project at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) is looking for a

 PhD-candidate Music Industries in media and culture                                                              

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-candidate who considers it a challenge to conduct PhD research in the context of a collaborative research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) on Staging popular music: sustainable live music ecologies for artists, music venues and cities (POPLIVE).The POPLIVE project is a collaboration between Erasmus University, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia en -Festivals and MOJO Concerts. As a PhD-candidate of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC), you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with renowned academics with an international focus and track record. As a PhD-candidate, you will also perform research-related teaching duties for the International Bachelor's in Communication and Media (IBCoM) or other educational programmes offered by the School.

A (research) master's degree in the humanities or social sciences is a must, as well as a wide-ranging knowledge of theories on  the cultural/creative industries, the music business, talent development and sociology of culture. In addition, a solid background in qualitative or/and quantitative research methods is required. In addition to an understanding of the latest developments in the field, the candidate must possess an analytical attitude as well as strong social skills because this project amounts to intensive collaboration between universities and music companies. Candidates who take a proven interest in popular music industries studies are preferred.



  • A master's degree in one of the social sciences or humanities, preferably a research master's degree;

  • Wide ranging knowledge of theories on music industries, music business innovation, cultural and creative industries, talent development, creative work, sociology of culture;

  • A solid background in qualitative or/and quantitative research methods is required as evidenced by the master's thesis, publications, research plans and other projects;

  • Strong social skills including a profound willingness to collaborate and to take initiative;

  • 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);

  • A good command of spoken and written Dutch is required.

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