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Researcher Information Visualization and Public Administration

Tilburg Law School is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to perform high-quality and impact-oriented research on optimizing visual communication of governmental information towards citizens and to translate these insights into governmental practice.

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Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
28 - 40 uur
€ 2709 - € 4978 per maand


The postdoctoral researcher will be designing, implementing and analyzing visualizations for governments and citizens on the basis of existing raw (open) data sets. The effects of these visualization tools will be tested in experimental field lab settings in order to support governments in communicating their data through visuals in a meaningful way. 

The intended visualizations should take into account new challenges on information visualization for open government at the intersection of visual opportunities, ethical concerns and legal restrictions:

  • to reconcile the legal fiction of a one-size-fits-all ‘average citizen’ with existing or new visualization tools for a multi-user environment with different interests and different levels of expertise; 
  • to map the (im)possibilities of a uniform, cross-sectoral approach to visualization tools for existing (open) data sets of governments in different public sectors, e.g. Water and Energy;
  • to incorporate interactive elements in the visual design of public sector information (PSI) in order to level the playing field between citizens and governments. 

The postdoc researcher will be part of the NWO-MVI project ‘Citizen-friendly data communication’ and join a multidisciplinary team of two senior researchers and two PhD researchers, combining expertise in law, sociology, philosophy and ethics. This research team is hosted by Tilburg Law School, but is supported by a large group of affiliates from academia and practice, including visualization expertise from Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and private companies.


Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education, in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance, but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader connecting people. 

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a strong background in information visualization (visual design / infographics / data visualization / computer-human interaction);
  • Combines an interest in fundamental research with a curiosity towards the visualization of information and data in governmental practice;
  • Is a team player with excellent communication skills for sharing knowledge and expertise in a multidisciplinary research team;
  • Is in the possession of a PhD or else will obtain a PhD in the near future;
  • Has a very good command of both the Dutch and the English language.


Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish. 

The starting gross salary varies between €2709 and €4978 per month (full time) based on scale 10/11 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Tilburg University actively promotes equal and transparent salary between men and women by strictly applying predetermined parameters based on the candidate’s experience. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility- this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.

Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement for a fixed period of 18 months and 0.7 / 1.0 FTE, partly depending on your specific qualities as a researcher. 

You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.

Please visit Working at Tilburg University for more information on our employment conditions. 


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