Postdoc Healthcare Governance, Innovation and Transdisciplinarity: bringing healthcare and green spaces together

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 20 Jun 2023

1 Jun 2023
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

20 Jun 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

This position is part of a European research project in which you will lead a transdisciplinairy study that explores the needs and expectations of key stakeholders within and beyond healthcare systems in Portugal, Germany, Greece, Peru and the Netherlands to engage with so-called nature-based therapies (NBTs). Nature-based therapies (NBT) are seen as treatments that promote well-being and support health prevention and rehabilitation through dedicated programmes in green spaces. Successful uptake of such therapies in present-day healthcare systems in Europe requires transformations in health care governance.

Your duties
You will lead the co-design of interaction platforms and guidelines that enable context-sensitive uptake NBTs in healthcare practices. The stakeholders you will engage with include authorities and regulators of green spaces, private and public healthcare sector representatives, planning authorities, representatives from the food, education and innovation sectors, and more.

Furthermore, you will work with and support a PhD student on the same topic as well as facilitate an Amsterdam-based field study performed by partners in the project, which investigates the short-, medium- and long-term benefits of nature-based therapeutic programmes in a quantitative manner.

Next to your research tasks (50%) you will teach courses (50%) in the master programmes of the Athena Institute: Management, Policy Analysis en Entrepeneurship in Health and Life Sciences and the research master Global Health . Your teaching tasks also include course coordination and thesis supervision.

Specific Requirements
  • A completed PhD in science, technology & society studies, governance transformations, participatory design, innovation studies, or a related (inter)discipline; an additional background in the sciences is a plus;
  • Experience with participatory research methods that co-shape technologies and practices to address societal challenges in an equitable way;
  • Proven ability to be a strong collaborator within interdisciplinary teams (listening, flexible, adaptive, pro-active);
  • Teaching skills and the ability to inspire students (demonstrated through a.o. positive student evaluations);
  • A teaching qualification (in Dutch BKO) is a plus;
  • An (inter)national network relevant to the position;
  • Good command of Dutch and excellent command of English. Given the extensive collaboration with both international as well as Dutch partners, a good command of Dutch language is required for the position.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for a period of one year with a possible extension conditional upon assessment of adequate functioning. The maximum duration of the appointment is 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP), possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave,
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 20/06/2023.

Submitting a diploma and an assessment are part of the application procedure.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. Tjerk Jan Schuitmaker

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1105

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De Boelelaan 1105
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1081 HV

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