Are you a master student with an eye for detail and a flare for organisation and support? Then we want you for this research assistant function!

  • Position

    Tutor Academy - RSM

  • Visible since

    Sunday, 9 June 2024

  • Deadline

    Sunday, 1 September 2024

  • FTE

    0.2 fte

  • Reference



As a research assistant starting on August 2024 at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), you assist professors Jan Dul and Erik van Raaij at RSM’s department of Technology and Operations Management in their research for their study: Necessary Condition Analysis and Sustainable Procurement in Healthcare.

Jan Dul is the founder and leading researcher of the research method Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA). A substantial part of his research consists of developing this method further. This includes gathering new insights about how NCA is used in practice, what trends there are in its application and more. Visit the website for more info about NCA. It’s helpful if you already know a bit about NCA, but it’s not expected.  

Erik van Raaij is a professor of Sustainable Procurement in Healthcare, which focusses on the intersection between sustainability, health care and supply chain. He is also one of only two professors at Erasmus who is part of the Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management. Erik teaches courses in health care procurement, advanced research methods, value chain management and more.   

Given that both professors are highly experienced in research methodology, your role as a research assistant gives you the opportunity to develop your academic skills and contribute to the development of methodological and substantive publications. Your primary goal is to provide support by various means to the research of Jan Dul and Erik van Raaij.

Job description

  • Provide research assistance; for example, literature research, tracking publications and the collecting and organising of data. 
  • Provide educational assistance; for example, setting up Canvas pages. 
  • Administrative assistance; for example, website management. 
  • Support in courses; for example, helping with grading and answering questions from students.  

Job requirements

  • Master student
  • Solid understanding of the English language; read, write, speak 
  • Strong sense of responsibility and flexibility 
  • Clear communication skills 
  • An organised and thorough work mindset 
  • Research-minded 

You have a say in your jobs and how you accomplish them. Together, you work with Erik and Jan to find a suitable method of work that is efficient and yields the right results. They are looking for a student who works with precision, is task mature and is able to maintain a holistic view throughout your work.

Erik and Jan’s vision is that the task description and distribution is a collective and open decision. For example, sometimes your tasks are ill-defined; then you position yourself as a sparring partner for Erik and Jan, and you get to the bottom of what they need and how to provide it for them. In this way, they can proceed in their research.

Employment conditions and benefits

  • Flexible work hours, which you can combine with your study. 
  • The opportunity to develop your academic skills. 
  • The opportunity to work with prominent academics. 
  • You are paid according to the TA rate, which for master students is around €17.00 per hour.
  • Eight hours per week for a full academic year, with an evaluation after six months. 


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 4.100 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.


NOTE: this application will remain open until the position is filled. 

To apply for this vacancy, please upload your CV, motivation letter, grade list, and Proof of Enrollment for the Academic Year 2024-2025 through the Tutor Academy platform.

Do you have any questions about this vacancy? Please contact Ruben, the current student assistant. He can be reached at