Junior researcher and lecturer ‘Citizen engagement in key enabling technologies’

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Junior researcher and lecturer ‘Citizen engagement in key enabling technologies’
  • University Graduate
Are you interested in Research in Citizen engagement in key enabling technologies? We would like to hear from you. Please apply to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

We offer the position of junior researcher and lecturer (combining research and teaching 50% : 50%) on Citizen engagement in key enabling technologies at the Athena Institute. Athena is Work Package leader in the European SOCKETS consortium, which mission it is to enable industries to engage with citizens on key enabling technologies (e.g. nano- & biotechnologies, internet of things, blockchain technology) to align the development of these technologies with societal values and needs, expectations and concerns. The project brings together a mix of researchers, innovators, manufacturers, professional users and citizens to develop and experiment with a toolbox for dialogue and co-creation from the perspective of responsible innovation and open science. SOCKETS runs different test cases across Europe, from Denmark and Spain to Bulgary and Estonia. The Athena Institute’s main tasks involve an analysis of best practices to develop a quality framework, building the toolbox and monitoring the learning processes in dialogue and co-creation experiments. As a junior researcher, you will contribute to all of these tasks. The teaching activities are part of courses and programs coordinated by the Athena Institute on a variety of subjects amongst which science and technology studies, science communication and research/ technology ethics. The language of instruction is English.


  • have a MSc degree, preferably related to science and technology studies, public engagement, responsible research and innovation, research/ technology ethics or other discipline(s) that shows an integrated social sciences and natural sciences background
  • have preferably expertise in both qualitative and participatory research methods and you are open to transdisciplinary research work
  • have an open and flexible mindset and affinity with the art of co-creation and dialogue
  • write and speak Dutch and English fluently
  • are a team player
  • have some form of teaching experience

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,790 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
The position is offered within the Athena Institute, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences. The institute’s mission is to study and design interfaces between science and society to contribute both to a deeper understanding of innovation processes as well as a responsible implementation of research and innovation in society. Athena’s research program amongst other focuses on analysing complex global health challenges, designing interventions and conducting participatory monitoring and evaluation research. The section presently has a position vacant for a Postdoc/Lecturer.
For more information about the Athena Institute visit our https://science.vu.nl/en/research/athena-institute/index.aspx


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until September 24, 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. Frank Kupper
Position: Associate Professor
E-mail: f.kupper@vu.nl

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