Postdoctoral Researcher on the Economics and Behavioural Economics of Digitalisation

Postdoctoral Researcher on the Economics and Behavioural Economics of Digitalisation

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25 Apr 27 May Nijmegen

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Job description

The increased digitalization and datafication of science and society raise important questions about today's and tomorrow's world. That is why critical thinkers have a part to play. As a postdoc, you will look at how digitalization shapes the economy. Join the interdisciplinary research institute iHub in the Netherlands, where you can flourish in a vibrant, international academic community. 

Your main task will be to undertake research. You will engage in interdisciplinary research, also by collaborating with two researchers (F. Zuiderveen Borgesius and R.M. Gellert) who look at digitalisation and the economy from a legal perspective.

Possible research topics include:
- How can media survive if most online advertising money goes to ad tech companies, rather than to media, such as online newspapers?
- How do digitalisation and fintech change practices in fields such as insurance and consumer credit?
- What are the economic effects of digital price differentiation?
- Which market failures cause information security problems, and how can such market failures be addressed?
- How are markets, and market failures, transformed by digitalisation?
- When does digitalisation limit and enlarge financial and social inequality?
- Should insights from nudging and behavioural economics inform the regulation of digital technology, and if so, how?
- How can economic and behavioural science insights inform research into people's privacy behaviour?
- How do companies use behavioural science, nudging, and dark patterns to influence consumer behaviour in digital environments?

You will also work on grant proposals at the regional, national and European level. This is not a teaching position. But if you are interested, some teaching can be arranged.


Radboud University


  • You hold a PhD in a relevant background, such as economics (including behavioural economics), law and economics, or social sciences.
  • You have a strong research interest in issues concerning the digitalisation of the economy.
  • You are interested in interdisciplinary research.
  • You are a team player.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English, as demonstrated by publications.
  • Researchers who do not meet all the requirements are also encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,960 and a maximum of €4,670 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


You will be appointed at the iHub. iHub is Radboud University's interdisciplinary research centre for digitalisation and society. It was founded in early 2019, with a mix of funding from the university board, from research funding bodies and from external projects. Research at iHub is cross-interdisciplinary, with scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, engineering and natural sciences, focused on urgent questions raised by the increased digitalisation and datafication of science and society. The centre's research is organised in four value-based research lines: solidarity and justice, freedom and democracy, privacy and security, and expertise and meaningful work 

You will also be affiliated with the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS). Radboud University's iCIS is an internationally recognised institute, consistently ranked among the top Computer Science departments in the Netherlands. The institute focuses its research on three themes: Data Science, Digital Security and Software Science. In recent evaluations, iCIS has been consistently ranked as the No. 1 Computing Science department in the Netherlands

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1208344



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