Postdoctoral researcher in science communication and public engagement

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 12 Feb 2023

Postdoctoral researcher in science communication and public engagement
Postdoctoral researcher in science communication and public engagement
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 12 Feb Amsterdam

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description
Science communication is more important than ever. Yet, in light of digitalization, fragmentation and polarization of society, it has also become more challenging than ever. Persisting controversies around complex and uncertain issues such as the pandemic, nitrogen pollution or the climate crisis have made the relation between science and society become strained. Science is contested in a public arena where trust and expertise are not taken for granted. In the face of these developments, we need to rethink science-society interactions and interfaces. We believe that science communication can play an important role in co-shaping new roles and conditions for a fruitful democratic dialogue between science and society.
Your duties
As a post-doc researcher in our team, you will empirically study and help shape science-society relations and interactions in times of crisis. In a team science approach, you will collaboratively work on questions such as: How to include different forms of knowledge, expertise and normative frameworks in an open dialogue between science and society? How to embrace complexity and uncertainty in times of crisis? What is the potential of artistic research and art-based engagement for science communication? How to shift towards a science communication ecosystem that is more inclusive and adaptive and at the same time reliable and trustworthy?
The position will involve research in different action-oriented, transdisciplinary projects as well as teaching on the subject of science & technology studies, ethics, science communication and public engagement. The language of instruction is English and
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

  • have a PhD degree, preferably in the field of science and technology studies, public engagement, responsible research and innovation, research/ technology ethics or other discipline(s) that shows an integrated social sciences and natural sciences background;
  • have expertise in both qualitative and participatory research methods and you are open to transdisciplinary research work;
  • have affinity with art and design as creative methods of inquiry, reflection and dialogue;
  • have published in refereed international journals or books;
  • have potential for, or experience with, obtaining research grants;
  • hold a network of relevant international contacts;
  • write and speak Dutch and English fluently;
  • are a team player;
  • have excellent teaching skills and you are an engaged and inspiring lecturer, as proven by student-evaluations;
  • and are well capable to supervise a theoretical thesis, research projects and student internships.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. 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.
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.
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;
  • and child daycare facilities available on campus.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.
The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.
Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.
Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
The position is offered within the Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. The institute's mission is to study and design interfaces between science and society to contribute both to a deeper understanding of innovation processes as well as a responsible implementation of research and innovation in society. Athena's research program amongst other focuses on analysing complex global health challenges, designing interventions and conducting participatory monitoring and evaluation research. The section presently has a position vacant for a Postdoc/Lecturer.
For more information about the Athena Institute visit our website .
Additional information
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 12/02/2023.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Willemine Willems
Position: Assistant professor Science Communication
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