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Postdoctoral Position in Social Studies of Science with a focus on Research Evaluation

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Leiden University wishes to announce a job opening for the following position Postdoctoral Position in Social Studies of Science with a focus on Research Evaluation

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Wassenaarseweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, Leiden University) has a job opening for a postdoctoral researcher with a background in social studies of science and an interest in applied research. The researcher will work on the Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA) project, and an initative of DORA and funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. TARA is a collaboration with Sarah de Rijcke, Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies and director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, and Ruth Schmidt, Associate Professor at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

TARA aims to accelerate research assessment reform through:

  1. systematic review of new or innovative research assessment policies and practices at academic institutions, primarily in the United States and Europe;
  2. analysis & assessment of new or innovative research assessment policies and practices in the form of an interactive online dashboard to track criteria and standards for academic advancement;
  3. development and testing of tools and resources to help institutions move forward with new policies and practices to improve research assessment in the United States and Europe.

The main tasks for the postdoctoral candidate are to a) help develop the interactive online dashboard, including identifying source materials; b) develop, run and analyse results of a survey of academic institutions in the US to gain a broad understanding of institutional change for research assessment reform in the American context; c) identify strategies to populate the dashboard from the survey data; and d) publish the results of the survey analysis in an open access academic journal.

The TARA team further consists of Dr. Anna Hatch, DORA Program Director; Dr. Ruth Schmidt, Associate Professor at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology; Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College London and DORA Chair; and Sarah de Rijcke, Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies at Leiden University. The postdoctoral researcher will also become member of the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group at CWTS, Leiden University.

Functie-eisen

  • We are looking for a researcher with:

  • A PhD degree in Science and Technology Studies or related field;
  • Knowledge of scholarly publishing, assessment of research;
  • Strong skills in document analysis and in designing, organizing and executing survey research;
  • Fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in English;
  • Strong analytical capacity;
  • Communication proficiency;
  • Willingness and proven ability to work independently and as part of an international team.

Conditions

We offer a fixed-term position for 38 hours per week until 31 May 2024. Salary range from € 3.746,- to € 5.127,- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The preferred starting date is 1 October 2021.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

Additional information

Specific information about the position and the project can be obtained from Prof.dr. Sarah de Rijcke by e-mail at s.de.rijcke@cwts.leidenuniv.nl.