[Sigmetrics] Job opening: PhD position in STS at Leiden University | University Medical Center Utrecht

Isabella Peters ipe at informatik.uni-kiel.de
Thu Oct 20 06:15:43 EDT 2016

***On behalf of Dr. Sarah de Rijcke***


Project description

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, Universiteit Leiden), in collaboration with the University Medical Center Utrecht, has a vacancy for a PhD candidate with a (partial) background in Science and Technology Studies (STS).

The PhD project is part of a new research program with three sub-projects on formative effects of new incentive and reward structures in biomedicine. The research program seeks to explore national and institutional forms of regulation that emerge from new incentives to align biomedicine with societal needs, and the effects of these incentives on research content, researchers’ behavior, and scientific careers.

The research program is embedded in a larger research strand at CWTS on the interactions between research evaluation and knowledge production ( <https://www.cwts.nl/research/working-groups/evaluation-practices-in-context> https://www.cwts.nl/research/working-groups/evaluation-practices-in-context), and is part of an ongoing collaboration with the University Medical Center Utrecht.

The UMC Utrecht is a national front-runner in the integration of research and patient care by implementing concrete new assessment criteria and policy-level actions aimed at improving its impact. The three sub-projects in the research program will analyze the formative effects of these new criteria and actions at the institutional, research program, and individual level.

The PhD project we are currently advertising aims at understanding the interactions between new incentives, metrics, and knowledge production at the level of new multidisciplinary biomedical research programs. Concretely, the project will chart:

·         How research questions, methods for data gathering and analysis, and authorship practices are being negotiated in these multi-disciplinary programs;

·         How and what kinds of collaboration are being formed between individuals, subfields, institutions, and societal stakeholders;

·         Whether there are particular barriers to effective implementation of new incentives and metrics to align research with clinical needs. 


·         A Master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies, or one of the Social Sciences or Life Sciences in combination with STS;

·         Strong skills in designing, organizing and executing qualitative research, especially interviews and ethnographic fieldwork;

·         Fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset, but not a condition;

·         Strong analytical capacity;

·         Willingness and proven ability to work independently, but also to execute the research project in concordance with the other subprojects in the program. 


We offer a full-time, one year term position, with the possibility of renewal for another three years based on performance.
Salary range from € 2,191.- to € 2,801.- gross per month (pay scale P), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Universiteit Leiden offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Universiteit Leiden is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


The research group led by Sarah de Rijcke at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the politics of contemporary research assessment; b) gaining a deep empirical understanding of how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production; c) contributing to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications). The program is situated at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and the sociology and anthropology of science.

 <http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en> Leiden University

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Additional information

Additional information about Universiteit Leiden, CWTS and the UMC Utrecht can be found on  <http://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en> www.universiteitleiden.nl/en,  <https://www.cwts.nl/> https://www.cwts.nl/ and  <http://www.umcutrecht.nl/en/-1> www.umcutrecht.nl/en/-1.
Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Sarah de Rijcke by email  <mailto:s.de.rijcke at cwts.leidenuniv.nl> s.de.rijcke at cwts.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply, please visit:  <http://www.academictransfer.com/36596> www.academictransfer.com/36596 




Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters

Professor of Web Science


Kiel University (CAU Kiel)

Institute for Computer Science

Department Web Science (R. 506)

Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 3

D-24118 Kiel 

T: +49 431 880-7286

E: ipe at informatik.uni-kiel.de

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