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Junior researcher for the evaluation of a serious game about complex decisions with high impact on public health

Outbreaks of infectious diseases pose an increasing threat to public health. Especially in the case of zoonoses (infections that can be transferred from …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2579 - € 4274 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Outbreaks of infectious diseases pose an increasing threat to public health. Especially in the case of zoonoses (infections that can be transferred from animals to humans) healthcare providers from multiple sectors (human, veterinary and public health) must cooperate to control the outbreak. This requires them to make highly complicated decisions which have a big impact on public health. Unfortunately, we know from prior research that this multidisciplinary cooperation is not always optimal. This could potentially contribute to outbreaks that last longer and cause more harm for human and veterinary health.

At the Persuasive Health Technology lab, we try to contribute to improving such cooperation. We do so within several projects, but always through the use of technology to support the involved stakeholders.

The project that you will be involved in evaluates (and potentially improves) a recently developed serious game aimed at healthcare professionals. Aim of the game is to increase the awareness of the complexity of decision making and of the importance of multidisciplinary cooperation. By means of an innovative research methodology (eye-tracking research) the persuasiveness and learning qualities of the game are evaluated. Questions that you will work on, include:

  • How can eye-tracking research optimally be applied to improve the game?
  • What kinds and forms of in-game and post-game feedback lead to the greatest learning effect?
  • How can the game’s functionality and design be optimized?

To find an answer to these (and more) questions, you will apply several different research methodologies. The basis of your research are usability tests, through eye-tracking software. Additionally, you will perform interviews with potential end-users and other stakeholders. You do so to get a good grasp of possibilities to further improve the game. Your findings and recommendations will make a crucial contribution to the success of the serious game for healthcare professionals. You will execute the research in close cooperation with a postdoc researcher and another junior researcher.

Functie-eisen

You are a highly motivated, enthusiastic and pro-active candidate with excellent communication and cooperative skills. You have completed a Master in (Health) Psychology, Conflict Risk and Safety, Health Sciences, Human Media Interaction, or in another relevant field. Affinity with health, technology and research methodologies is a prerequisite. Prior experience with eye-tracking research will work in your favor. Excellent command of the Dutch language (in understanding, speaking, reading and writing) is required.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

For more information please contact dr. Nienke Beerlage-de Jong, n.beerlage-dejong@utwente.nl, tel. 053-4893517. Submit your application (including motivational letter, curriculum vitae and your contact information) online before 11th of September, 2019 to the University of Twente at the attention of dr. Nienke Beerlage-de Jong.

Conditions

We offer a full-time position as a junior researcher for the period from October 1 (earlier start is possible) – December 31, 2019. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, your salary will be between € 2.579,- to € 2.709,- gross per month based on your experience gross per month. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%) and an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8.3%), and a number of additional benefits.