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Postdoc Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs

The Faculty of Science, the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) is looking for a Postdoc Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs

2 maanden geleden


Einsteinweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


You will be working on the LUF-subsidized project Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs. (Social) media is teeming with graphs that give a distorted picture of the underlying data. You will investigate how to effectively correct this type of misinformation. How do you make a fact check of a misleading graph? You will set up experiments to test different approaches, where one experiment will focus on participants with low graph literacy.

This project is a collaboration between the department of Science Communication and Society within IBL and researchers from the Mathematical Institute and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. You will be appointed at IBL, but work closely with researchers from these other institutes and will also spend time in the team of Nieuwscheckers, fact checking Dutch news articles.


  • Candidates for this position possess a PhD in a relevant field, for instance science communication, psychology, communication science or (data) journalism;
  • They have experience with doing experimental social research;
  • They have affinity with fact checking and / or science communication and / or data visualization;
  • They must be fluent in Dutch and English;
  • Experience with interdisciplinary projects is a big plus.
  • We realize that this is a very interdisciplinary project and that the combination of all criteria is rather rare. We therefore encourage candidates who do not match all criteria to apply and motivate why they would fit this project. Being fluent in Dutch and English is a hard demand for this project.


We offer a full-time, fixed-term post from February 1, 2021 until February 1, 2023. Salary range from € 2.790 to € 4.402 gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University 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.

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

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to assistant professor Sanne Willems, email s.j.w.willems@math.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Sylvia Maas, email jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl.