Post-doc position sociotechnical embedding of a new sensor for sepsis diagnostics

Post-doc position sociotechnical embedding of a new sensor for sepsis diagnostics

Published Deadline Location
5 Jun 26 Jun Enschede

Job description

Sepsis is a deadly, complex and fast evolving condition. Current diagnostic techniques are time-consuming and limited in scope, requiring several different tests to be run to obtain a comprehensive picture of the patient's condition. The NWO-funded project SepsPIC aims to develop a sensor-based device that can quickly and accurately detect multiple sepsis biomarkers at the bedside, enabling doctors to make more informed decisions and improving patient outcomes.

Do you want to explore the usability, usefulness and conditions for using such a new sensor in clinical practice? Then joining our interdisciplinary team may be the right place for you!

We are looking for a motivated, creative and open-minded postdoc researcher who will work closely with sensor developers and interview, observe and work with clinicians and experts of sepsis to explore conditions for the embedding of this new diagnostic tool into clinical decision-making and pathways, explore alternative pathways, evaluate acceptance and expected usability of multiplex sensors and machine-learning-based decisions and explore alternative material choices for responsible sensor design.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You have a PhD (completed or near completion) in a relevant field, such as human factors research, user research, science and technology studies and are experienced in qualitative research methods including semi-structured interviews or observations
  • You have experience in the health or healthcare systems and the medical device domain
  • It is an advantage if you are familiar with the process of supporting the design and testing of point of care and medical technology
  • You are an excellent team-player and are excited about working with scientists and practitioners from different backgrounds
  • You are able to express yourself and understand Dutch at C2/C1 level, as you will work with clinical staff and operators and observe their processes
  • You have an excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by academic publications and presentations at international conferences

Conditions of employment

  • An 18 months full-time postdoc position (part-time over an extended timeframe is possible as well)
  • The gross salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) € 3.226,- to € 5.090,- per month for a fulltime position, depending on experience
  • On top of this, you receive a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • A total of 41 holiday days per year in case of full-time employment
  • We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs
  • a secondary remuneration package
  • a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues within an organization focusing on internationalization


You will work closely with and be supervised by the Work package PI Dr Simone Borsci (CODE) and Dr Kornelia Konrad (KiTeS). Ideally, you create linkages with both groups, but depending on your background and preference your main embedding may be with one or the other group.

The CoDE section consists of teachers and researchers with backgrounds in psychology, educational science, mathematics, or computer science. We teach courses on methodology, data-analysis, and cognitive psychology. Our research focuses on data-based solutions for societal problems related to education, health, and human factors. In our teaching and research, we make use of the latest developments in measurement and (large-scale) assessment, such as neurophysiology, extended reality, eye-tracking, psychometrics, and machine learning.

The KiTeS group is dedicated to analysing and improving the contribution of Knowledge to Transformations in Society to address intersecting societal and environmental challenges, including growing disparities and inequities, climate change, and biodiversity loss. The KiTeS group works across diverse disciplines and scholarly fields and draws on critical, historical, participatory, design-oriented, and arts-based methods and approaches. We work in different domains such as science and innovation policy, higher education, and environmental governance and we collaborate closely with policy makers, social movements and grassroots organisations, cultural institutions, scientists and engineers, and business and financial institutions. Guided by values of justice, pluralism, sustainability, and care, our work is aimed at creating spaces for collaboration, critical analysis, reflection, and learning.

Additional information

For questions about the position please approach dr. Simone Borsci, e-mail: Please submit your application before June 26, 2024, and include:
  • A cover letter of at most 1.5 page A4, including a brief emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position;
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including the title of your dissertation and contact information for at least two academic references;
  • Relevant diploma;
  • A publication list.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1808


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 26 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).