Get ready to facilitate the ethical review and oversight of research. Join ERIM as the next ethics secretary.

  • Position

    Professional Services & Tutors - RSM

  • Visible since

    Tuesday, 21 November 2023

  • Deadline

    Tuesday, 5 December 2023

  • FTE

    0.8 fte - 1 fte

  • Reference



Are you passionate about upholding the highest ethical standards in research? Curious about how researchers ensure the protection of personal and sensitive data in economics and management? Then you are the ethics secretary we’re looking for.

Job description

The Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) is looking for an ethics secretary with a focus on data to strengthen its research support staff. ERIM provides research support to faculty, PhD candidates and professional services staff at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and at the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), with an ambitious goal of making open and responsible science the norm.

As the ethics secretary, you play a key role in facilitating the ethical review and oversight of research involving personal and sensitive data, vulnerable populations and novel research methods (e.g., AI). In addition, you are part of the ERIM research support staff and you work closely with the data steward to coordinate an ethical review with research data management. This gives you the opportunity to learn about data sharing and archiving solutions in the spirit of making research data more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). You report to the ERIM executive director.

Job requirements

As the ethics secretary, these are your responsibilities:

1) Coordinate Internal Review Boards (IRBs) of ERIM’s founding schools (RSM and ESE) to ensure timely review of research proposals and compliance with regulatory requirements.

2) Help ensure that all research proposals comply with relevant ethical guidelines and institutional policies.

3) Serve as a point of contact between researchers, IRB members and other stakeholders to provide guidance and address inquiries related to the ethical review process.

4) Contribute to the knowledge and awareness of ethical issues related to research within the department and university through discussions and meetings.

5) Maintain a relevant national network in the area of ethical review of research.


As part of the ERIM research support staff, these are your responsibilities:

1) Assist researchers with data management related requests (e.g., storage solutions, recommended tools, etc.)

2) Assist researchers in creating, maintaining and executing a data management plan.

3) Streamline the workflow between data management and the ethical review process.


We encourage you to apply for this role if:

  • You are an outstanding and driven, professional with an educational background (MSc/MA, PhD) in social sciences, humanities or related discipline.
  • You are a proactive problem-solver and you have experience with strategy and project management (e.g., agile) preferably within an academic environment.
  • You are a results-oriented, analytical and sociable team player, with strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
  • You can interact with various offices, and build, maintain and manage a network of stakeholders across and connected to RSM, ESE, ERIM and EUR.
  • You can work independently as well as in a team, with a hands-on and proactive attitude, and a keen eye for detail.
  • You have a good command of spoken and written English and Dutch. (If your Dutch proficiency is insufficient, you are willing to take Dutch courses).

Employment conditions and benefits

We offer a full-time contract, originally for a period of 12 months and with the possibility for a permanent contract upon satisfactory performance. We operate a hybrid working model, which gives you the freedom to work both virtually and on our vibrant campus. You are joining an international and interdisciplinary team of committed and enthusiastic research support professionals.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.

Faculty / Institute / Central service

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. 

RSM is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.


Would you like to receive further information about this position? Please reach out Dr Chrysoula Papacharalampou, ERIM executive director, at

Please send your application, including CV and cover letter, by 5 December 2023.

The first round of interviews will be held on the afternoon of 11 December 2023.

The second round of interviews will be held on the afternoon of 18 December 2023.