PhD candidate on politics & practice of fostering responsive research & innovation

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Publication date
10 April 2017
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,191 to €2,801 gross per month
Closing date
14 May 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) of the University of Amsterdam is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7,500 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. The academic staff are employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,100 employees in the Faculty, which resides in a number of buildings in the centre of Amsterdam.

The PhD candidate will be part of the research programme Transnational Configurations, Conflicts and Governance.

Project description

This PhD project involves the design and implementation of a comparative narrative evaluation of a series of Social Labs that seek to align research and innovation with societal values, needs and expectations. The project is embedded in a EU (Horizon 2020) funded program to stimulate the use and acceptance of Responsible Research and Innovation. The comparative assessment and evaluation will be based on reflective conversations with a wide range of actors involved in the Social Labs across Europe, and is, in addition to a PhD thesis, to result in a Guidebook to convey the resulting narratives in order to inform and inspire emergent RRI practices.


The successful candidate will be expected to have a high level of competence and motivation to undertake the following tasks:

  • complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration (four years);
  • undertake fieldwork and gather data relevant and available to the overall project;
  • contribute (both as sole author and as co-author) to the writing up of research papers to be submitted to academic journals;
  • regularly present intermediate research results at the UvA and at international workshops and conferences;
  • contribute to the organisation of research activities and events of the project, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
  • teach in the field of political sciences (in consultation);
  • participate in the AISSR PhD programme, including attendance of courses.


Ideal candidates:

  • have obtained a (research) master’s degree in a field relevant to the theme of the research, e.g. political science or innovation studies/STS;
  • are persons with initiative, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • have well-developed analytical skills as well as creativity and perseverance;
  • possess good academic writing, presentation and organisational skills;
  • can demonstrate a strong interest in the topic of this PhD project;
  • are familiar with (some of the) academic literatures relevant to the project;
  • have experience with qualitative and mixed-methods research, especially with interviewing, narrative analysis and Q-methodology;
  • are able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing; passive knowledge of some other European languages is appreciated;
  • knowledge of (written and spoken) Dutch is an asset;
  • have affinity with working on the boundary of innovative academic work and innovative societal practice.

Further information

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years for 38 hours per week. In the first instance, a contract will be given for 12 months; if positively evaluated, the contract will be extended for another 36 months.

The successful candidate will begin their project on or around 1 September 2017.

The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. 

Job application

Applications must contain:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a full CV;
  • an official transcript of the grades during your studies as well as your diploma;
  • a research plan of around 2,000 words. The research plan should outline how you would approach the research topic, including the kinds of questions the project might ask, the methods it might use and the theories to which it might connect;
  • two names of referees who may be contacted for a letter of reference.

Applications must be sent to before 15 May 2017.
Emailed applications should mention vacancy number 17-171 in the subject line and should contain the documents as an attachment (in one single pdf-file).

Interviews for this position will be held between 22 May and 2 June 2017.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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