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Postdoc researcher measuring impact of science communication

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06 oktober 2020
27 oktober 2020

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The Faculty of Science and Institute of Biology Leiden is looking for a

Postdoc researcher measuring impact of science communication

Key responsibilities
The NWA (National Science Agenda) is organizing and funding several science communication projects. The goal of these projects is to change knowledge, attitude or behavior among the general public regarding science. In order to determine if and how this impact is being reached, the department Science Communication & Society of Leiden University, in collaboration with the department for Social, Health and Organisational Psychology of Utrecht University, are developing an impact measurement instrument. The key responsibilities consist of:

  • Develop measurement instrument (survey) to measure knowledge, attitude, behavior, based on existing theoretical frameworks;
  • Validating the instrument with science communication projects that are funded by NWA;
  • Developing tool to make the instrument fit different types of projects;
  • Support projects in administering the instrument;
  • Analyzing data and drawing conclusions about impact and success factors science communication projects;
  • Staying in contact with advisory board;
  • Disseminating results of impact measurements in professional and academic publications.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in a relevant field such as science communication, cognitive psychology, communication sciences;
  • Experience and/or affinity with science communication;
  • Fluent in Dutch and English;
  • Experience in developing surveys;
  • You like to take initiative, are good at organizing and managing projects;
  • Good communicative skills towards academics as well as towards non-academic audiences.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,200 staff and almost 4,200 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a 0.8 FTE position for 14 months, start date December 1, 2020, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from 2.790,- to 4.402,- gross per month, fulltime equivalent (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Anne Land, email a.m.land@biology.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number: motivation letter and a CV.

Only applications received no later than 27 October 2020 can be considered. Interviews will be held on November 5 and 6, 2020.


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