PhD Candidate / Postdoctoral Researcher: Governing the Acceleration of the Transition to Animal-free Safety Assessment

Updated: 15 days ago
Deadline: 07 Jul 2024

1.0 FTE

Required background
PhD, Research University Degree

Organizational unit
Nijmegen School of Management

Application deadline
07 July 2024

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The transition to animal-free safety assessment needs to accelerate. While our understanding of societal transformations is growing, how to govern the acceleration of such transitions receives less attention. Do you want to contribute to the transition to animal-free safety assessment and enhance our understanding of governing the acceleration of societal transformations? Then you have a part to play as a PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher. 

The Chair Group of Environmental Governance and Politics (EGP) at the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher or PhD candidate. 
You will be part of a transdisciplinary consortium, called SAFE, working on the project ’Accelerating the Transition to Animal-free Next Generation Risk Assessment (NGRA): A Transformative Governance Approach’, funded as part of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). The aim of this research project is to contribute to the acceleration of the transition to animal-free safety assessment of chemicals and pharmaceuticals in the EU (including the Netherlands) and the USA. To achieve this aim, the project applies a transformative governance approach.
The consortium experiments with transformative governance approaches to accelerate the transition through action research. As a PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher, you will play a central role in the project, working together with two PhD candidates, one also based at Radboud University, and the other at Utrecht University.
Your research includes analysing how societal values and discourses and the political economy of the pharmaceutical and chemical industries affect the transition. You will develop a values framework to inform discussions on animal-free safety assessment in the context of other societal goals. You will also distil and bring together existing knowledge, including through drawing lessons learned from successful implementation of animal-free models; making existing knowledge of NGRA and NAMs more accessible (through text mining and developing index databases); and developing evidence and gap maps. Your research will be used in the action research performed by the consortium, in which you will also play a vital role.
We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about animal and sustainability issues – a researcher who wants to make a difference. We are looking for someone with the ability to make connections across disciplines and among a variety of societal actors, and with excellent organisational skills.

  • You have a Master's or PhD degree in a relevant social science field (e.g. political science, environmental studies, political economy), the humanities, or an interdisciplinary degree (e.g. combining the social and medical/natural sciences).
  • You have experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • You have published relevant publications in internationally recognised high-quality journals (for applicants at the postdoc level).
  • You have proven experience and skills in coordinating  research projects (or parts thereof).
  • You have excellent English language and academic writing skills.
  • You have a proven ability to collaborate in inter- and transdisciplinary teams, and are a team player. 

We are

The SAFE consortium is a transdisciplinary consortium of academics, animal welfare NGOs and industry partners aiming to accelerate the transition to animal-free safety assessment. While closely collaborating with all partners in the consortium, you will be based in the EGP chair group.

Our group is part of the Geography, Planning and Environment Department, and is a growing, inclusive and collaborative social science team of engaged researchers who aim to critically reflect on and contribute to sustainability transformations. We develop useful insights into the why and how of such processes, which can serve to enable, accelerate, deepen and broaden the transformation towards a global sustainable society. For this purpose, we engage in research, teaching and collaboration with societal partners. We are specialised in agriculture, animal, biodiversity, circular economy, climate change, energy, and freshwater governance. We focus on transdisciplinary research, incorporate futures studies, and mostly apply qualitative methods and comparative analyses. Theoretically, we mainly use discursive, institutional and practice-based perspectives.

Radboud University

At Radboud University, we aim to make an impact through our work. We achieve this by conducting groundbreaking research, providing high-quality education, offering excellent support, and fostering collaborations within and outside the university. In doing so, we contribute indispensably to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. To accomplish this, we need even more colleagues who, based on their expertise, are willing to search for answers. We advocate for an inclusive community and welcome employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Will you also contribute to making the world a little better? You have a part to play.

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Nijmegen School of Management
The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, social actors and governments to play their part in the transformation towards sustainable societies. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled in our challenging Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. With over 500 academic and support staff, we provide education and research that has a significant impact on society in matters relating to the domains of social economy, resilient society and he sustainable environment. We work closely within the fields of business administration, economics and business economics, geography, spatial planning and environment, public administration and political science. Academic research is carried out at the Institute for Management Research (IMR). The Education Institute is the home base for all education within the faculty.
An important focus of the faculty’s strategy is to create an inclusive, safe and productive work and study environment for everyone involved with the faculty. The Nijmegen School of Management is located in the Elinor Ostrom Building, which is a vibrant place where our students and staff members can study, work and relax.

We offer
  • Depending on your scientific track record and experience you will be appointed as a PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher.
  • As a postdoctoral researcher, you will receive a temporary employment contract of 3 years, until 31 July 2027. Your salary within salary scale 10 depends on your previous education and number of years of (relevant) work experience. The amounts in the scale are based on a 38-hour working week.
  • As a PhD candidate, you will receive a temporary employment contract (1.0 FTE) of 1,5 years, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, your contract will be extended by 2.5 years (until 31 August 2028). You will receive a starting salary of €2,770 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, which will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P ). 
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service . The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions reflect this. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself. For example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports membership. And, of course, we offer a good pension plan. We also give you plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

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You can apply only via the button below. Address your letter of application to Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers. In the application form, you will find which documents you need to include with your application.

The first interviews will take place on 17 July. Any second interview will take place on 24 July. You will preferably start your employment on 1 September.
We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure . It describes what you can expect during the application procedure and how we handle your personal data and internal and external candidates. If you wish to apply for a non-scientific position with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information . 

Apply now Application deadline 07 July 2024

We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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Prof. I.J. Visseren-Hamakers (Ingrid)

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Last modified: 10 June 2024
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