Postdoctoral Researcher: Accelerating the Transition to Animal-free Safety Assessment

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Deadline: 23 Oct 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher: Accelerating the Transition to Animal-free Safety Assessment
Postdoctoral Researcher: Accelerating the Transition to Animal-free Safety Assessment
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 23 Oct Nijmegen

Job description
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 postdoc.
The Chair Group of Environmental Governance and Politics (EGP) at the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.
You will be part of the transdisciplinary consortium 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 for chemicals and pharmaceuticals in the EU (including the Netherlands) and the USA. To achieve this aim, it applies a transformative governance approach.
The consortium will experiment with transformative governance approaches to accelerate the transition through action research. As a 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 chemicals industries influence 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.
Specifications
  • €3974—€5439 per month
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Radboud University


Requirements
  • You have a PhD degree in a relevant social science field (e.g. political science, environmental studies, political economy), the humanities, or an interdisciplinary PhD 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. 
  • You have proven experience and skills in coordinating (parts of) research projects.
  • You have excellent English language skills and academic writing skills.
  • You have a proven ability to collaborate in inter- and transdisciplinary teams, and are a team player.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment of five years.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment of five years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . 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 subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Employer
The Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. In doing so, the faculty is committed to Radboud University's mission of contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. 
At the Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in the areas of Business Administration; Economics and Business Economics; Geography, Planning and Environment; Political Science; and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above-mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hotspots. The Nijmegen School of Management has 350 FTE staff and around 5,000 students.
The EGP chair group, part of the Geography, Planning and Environment Department, 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
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
Additional information
For questions about the position, please contact Prof. dr. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, at ingrid.visseren@ru.nl .
Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all.


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Application procedure
You can apply until 23 October 2022, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Prof. dr. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
  • A writing sample (e.g. a recent publication).
The first round of interviews will take place on Friday 4 November. The possible second round of interviews will take place on Friday 11 November. You would preferably begin employment on 1 January 2023.
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