Postdoc data science and the articulations of meaning in work (1.0 FTE)

Postdoc data science and the articulations of meaning in work (1.0 FTE)

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23 Aug 8 Oct Groningen

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The Faculty of Theo

Job description

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen (founded in 1614) is a leading European institution for the study of religion. We are proud to be ranked as the best teaching and research centre for religion in The Netherlands. We are committed to highest standards in critical academic research, and we translate our research into stimulating and cutting-edge teaching programmes. We train students to be independent and critical observers of the place of religion in its cultural and historical context, and we prepare them for the job market.

The postdoc will join the department of comparative study of religion. Within the faculty an interdisciplinary group studies various aspects of the relatively new research area of ‘meaning and work’. With this postdoc position, the faculty wants to support the most talented PhD’s in the fields of linguistic arts, digital humanities and/or artificial intelligence/data science to contribute to this field.

Job description
The postdoc will conduct research in a larger project that aims to explore how various professionals in diverse working contexts articulate their sense of meaning in work- related to both personal work satisfaction and how they value their own contributions within their organisation and/or to society. Starting by qualitative and quantitative analysis of linguistic datasets, we aim to use data science/AI to scale up. The aimed for results will create innovative opportunities for organizations to pay attention to meaning making processes on different organizational levels.

The postdoc conducts a pilot aimed at an exploration of which quantitative method is most appropriate to analyse meaning making/finding experiences in relation to work in (existing) qualitative Dutch datasets. At least two professions are involved (medical experts/physicians; IC nurses, financial controllers). In parallel, the postdoc builds upon a collection of qualitative datasets from different occupational groups. The next step will be to apply an analysis to these new datasets. Finally (a first attempt at) comparative research will be done on differences in the perception of work and meaning and the influence of context factors. Next to this research line, the postdoc strongly contributes to an interdisciplinary research proposal as a follow up.

We invite strong research proposals that fit the main research line. The postdoc is expected to submit an interdisciplinary research proposal with support of the funding officer of the faculty, and to submit at least one article (based on the pilot-data) in collaboration with the other team members. A minor part of the job concerns a limited number of educational activities.


University of Groningen


Candidates for this postdoc position:

- have finished a PhD in the fields of linguistic studies and/or AI/data sciences in the last 12 months (at least the dissertation has to be accepted by the supervisor), or in (digital) humanities
- have a strong affinity with/record in interdisciplinary work (linguistic studies; AI; data science, humanities)
- have a record in both quantitative as well as qualitative methods, including qualitative data collection
- have affinity with the subject in various professional fields of expertise (starting with medical experts)
- have a strong academic record as evinced by curriculum vitae and list of publications
- have an international network
- have a concrete and creative idea for grant proposals, which fits the project and the faculty’s profile
- have organizational skills, an independent attitude and ability to work in a team
- have excellent proficiency in written and spoken Dutch and English
- preferably have some teaching experience.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- depending on qualifications and work experience, a salary of € 3,877 to a maximum of € 5,079 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- attractive secondary terms of employment; the position is classified in accordance with the University Job Classification (UFO) system; the UFO profile is Researcher 4
- a temporary contract of 1.0 FTE for a period of 2 years (1,0 FTE; 20% teaching).


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €5079 per month
  • University graduate
  • V23.0582


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