Postdoctoral researcher | Research in Education JEDI project

Postdoctoral researcher | Research in Education JEDI project

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14 Sep 20 Sep Amsterdam

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JEDI Now! Developing a co-creative knowledge platform and methods to achieve justice equity diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in higher education for Dutch with a migrant background

Job description

Diversity is essential for organizational creativity and member well-being. There is a wealth of knowledge about JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion), but unfortunately this remains at a discrete initiative level. The need of the hour is to share JEDI expertise and knowledge, and determine its cross-institutional transferability.

This project aims at building a knowledge platform which will connect institutes, synthesize knowledge, generate insights, provide JEDI empowered research methods and advice on interventions. This project consists of building the knowledge platform with 5 work packages (WPs) underneath. WP1 concerns a reflective research process on JEDI in the process of platform-building through a continuous quality improvement cycle. WPs 2-5 concern pilot JEDI research projects; the process and outcome of new projects will be shared through the JEDI platform and serve as examples of knowledge sharing/synthesis. Building the platform and WP1 will be conducted by you. WPs 2-5 will be conducted by other postdocs on the projects.

Impact of this project:
  1. Creation of a unique platform to unify people and knowledge, and make the JEDI move sustainable and maintain the vitality;
  2. Generation and motivation of new scientific research in JEDI and disseminate the outcomes rapidly and widely, covering the relevant audiences;
  3. Creation of evidence-based interventions, which will bring tangible effects in increasing JEDI in academia.

As a postdoctoral researcher you are responsible for setting up a JEDI platform which will connect institutes, synthesize knowledge, generate insights, develop research methods and advise interventions and investigate if this process is equitable.

The platform will be set up in Dutch as well as English with the aim of local, national as well as international visibility.

Your main tasks and responsibilities are:
  • Setting up and researching the JEDI Now! Platform;
  • Maintaining oversight of the project and collaborating and keeping contacts with the other researchers of the consortium project;
  • Analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as running a quality improvement cycle for the project;
  • Reporting of findings in scientific articles and presenting at various meetings and conferences;
  • Following courses to increase your (research/analysis/personal) skills if needed;
  • Contributing to the team: participating in and contributing to Research in Education meetings like research meetings, journal clubs, conference presentation practice sessions and abstract writing workshops; other required team or administrative work.


Amsterdam UMC


We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher with demonstrable scientific experience. You have a strong motivation to advance scientific research in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion of higher education, both theoretically and empirically. Since you will be in direct contact with students, and work within a research team and a large consortium project, we find it important that you have excellent social and communication skills and can work well in a team. We encourage people with a migrant background to apply.

We are looking for a postdoc with the following qualifications:
  • A completed PhD in social sciences, medical education, educational sciences or a related field;
  • Experience with qualitative and understanding of quantitative research;
  • Significant writing and publishing experience in scientific as well as non-scientific outlets;
  • Able to work efficiently and autonomously;
  • Excellent skills in organizing, planning, coordinating, and collaborating;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch and English.

Conditions of employment

Salary scale: 10 (2911 to 4615 euro based on a 36 hour week). For this position you will start at Trede 5 within scale 10 (i.e. 3788 euro based on a 36 hour week).

In addition we offer:
  • In addition to a good salary, we offer 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance.
  • Free and unlimited access to the training offer of our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Your pension is accrued at The Dutch Pension Fund for government and education employees (ABP). Amsterdam UMC contributes 70% of this scheme.
  • We reimburse 75% of your public transport travel costs and also offer a bicycle arrangement.
  • For non-Dutch citizens there is an opportunity to receive a 30% tax break. For more information please visit our website.

The position is available for 3 years.

For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag; VOG).


Amsterdam UMC

Your daily work environment is the team Research in Education of the Faculty of Medicine at Amsterdam UMC location Vrije Universiteit. As a postdoc you will become part of this multidisciplinary team led by Prof. Dr. Rashmi Kusurkar. The team’s research focuses on various aspects of (medical) education, in which motivation, diversity and inclusion are important themes. This team currently includes 11 PhD students, 2 assistant professors and a research assistant. This team sits in the ‘Polikliniek’ building of Amsterdam UMC location Vrije Universiteit.

The Faculty of Medicine Vrije Universiteit is responsible for the bachelor's and master's programs in medicine, the master's programs oncology, cardiovascular research and epidemiology. The team Research in Education operates within the Faculty of Medicine Vrije Universiteit.

Working at Amsterdam UMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment in which developing one’s talents and skills is encouraged. We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow!


  • Postdoc
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • €2911—€4615 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 9505



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