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Postdoc Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs

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17 november 2020
11 december 2020

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The Faculty of Science, the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) is looking for a

Postdoc Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs

Key responsibilities
You will be working on the LUF-subsidized project Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs. (Social) media is teeming with graphs that give a distorted picture of the underlying data. You will investigate how to effectively correct this type of misinformation. How do you make a fact check of a misleading graph? You will set up experiments to test different approaches, where one experiment will focus on participants with low graph literacy.

This project is a collaboration between the department of Science Communication and Society within IBL and researchers from the Mathematical Institute and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. You will be appointed at IBL, but work closely with researchers from these other institutes and will also spend time in the team of Nieuwscheckers, fact checking Dutch news articles.

Selection criteria

  • Candidates for this position possess a PhD in a relevant field, for instance science communication, psychology, communication science or (data) journalism;
  • They have experience with doing experimental social research;
  • They have affinity with fact checking and / or science communication and / or data visualization;
  • They must be fluent in Dutch and English;
  • Experience with interdisciplinary projects is a big plus.  

We realize that this is a very interdisciplinary project and that the combination of all criteria is rather rare.  We therefore encourage candidates who do not match all criteria to apply and motivate why they would fit this project. Being fluent in Dutch and English is a hard demand for this project.

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 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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 full-time, fixed-term post from February 1, 2021 until February 1, 2023. Salary range from 2.790 to 4.402 gross per month (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 assistant professor Sanne Willems, email s.j.w.willems@math.leidenuniv.nlIf you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Sylvia Maas, email 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
  • CV
  • Two references

Only applications received before December 11th 2020 can be considered.


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