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Applicants are invited for a 17 month postdoctoral position within the project “IGNITE” (https://ignite.acdh.oeaw.ac.at/). The project is funded by European Commission, awarded to the principal investigator, Susan Schreibman.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, multi-national research team creating an online module in Design Thinking and Making to be taught in the MA in Media Studies: Digital Cultures at Maastricht University in 2019-2020, as well as online through the #dariahTeach platform. We are looking for a talented and flexible early career researcher to be part of the team to assist with a range of activities supporting both the development of the module and the #dariahTeach platform including, but not limited to conducting and analyzing focus groups, user evaluations, and surveys; being the point of contact for the project’s website and social media presence and outreach activities; taking an active role in the day-to-day running of the project, including coordinating and attending project meetings, assisting with content development; and co-organizing and contributing to the successful delivery of project events. He/she will work independently and in collaboration with a distributed project team and the principal investigator (PI) of the project. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details of their own research based on their expertise, the material they gather and their own ideas, in consultation with the PI. They will also work synergistically and collectively with the rest of the team. For example, they will play a crucial role in the conceptual and methodological innovations required by the project as a collective endeavour; lead, and contribute to, academic publications and project reports; participate in team meetings; engage in presentations; and be involved in the co-organisation of workshops and other events related to the project.
Researchers who have a completed a PhD in humanities, social science or education, with methodological experience in one or more of the following: e-learning, digital humanities, or design thinking are invited to apply. Candidates who have recently submitted their thesis can apply as well. The candidate should have interest in and (proven) experience with a multidisciplinary approach to the areas of Knowledge, Technology and Digitalisation. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht. Responsibilities will also include conducting focus groups and user evaluations online as well as at project partner institutions. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, be open to working together with a team of interdisciplinary scholars on a collaborative project, and have excellent organisational abilities. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite since the candidates will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications.
We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The postdoctoral researcher will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme. They will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.
We offer a 1.0 fte appointment as Researcher for 17 months.
Your position of Post-doctoral Researcher (Onderzoeker 3) will consist of 100% research.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 3.173,00 per month, scale level 10 (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. After a positive assessment a promotion to scale 11 is possible in the 2nd year.
You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing.
Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
Starting date: preferably 1 March 2019.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.
Dienstverband voor bepaalde tijd: 17 months
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes.
Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.