Vacancy: PostDoc “Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement”

Last modified: May 29, 2017

The vacancy described below is also available on Academic Tranfer.
Application deadline: March 31th, 2017

Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher Science and Evaluation Studies
Fte: 0.8
Project: “Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement”
Leiden University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Vacancy number: 2523
Publication date: 21 March 2017
Closing date: 31 March 2017

Project: “Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement”

This 2-year project is funded through the new ZonMW program Fostering Responsible Research Practices (FRRP). Recent years have seen high-profile initiatives to improve current criteria for assessing academic achievements (e.g. the Leiden Manifesto, the Metric Tide, Science in Transition, DORA, METRICS, Reward Alliance). Some institutions are implementing improved and innovative incentive and reward systems. It is yet unknown whether these systems will counter unintended effects of evaluation systems and unwarranted uses of performance metrics, and help to foster responsible conduct of research by selecting the scientists with a multidimensional profile (i.e. more than a good publication and citation record) and a skill-set that enables them to undertake and supervise both innovative and societally relevant research.

This project aims to describe the optimal profile of researchers in terms of their propensity to foster responsible conduct in research, and will compare this profile with existing academic incentive and reward systems. It will result in an evidence-based framework and a set of concrete policy recommendations for designing (or adapting) academic reward systems aimed at fostering excellent, socially responsible research.

Key Responsibilities

You will (help to) conduct:

  • Systematic literature review in which debates about organisational integrity work are traced, and in which one or more ideals of responsible conduct in research can be theoretically developed;
  • Expert interviews with relevant stakeholders from different levels of the research governance system (including deans, policy makers, a selection of heads of departments) involved in the institutional arrangement of academic advancement systems in biomedicine;
  • Focus group interviews with biomedical researchers, to collect views and opinions about responsible conduct in research and characteristics of responsible researchers, and how they think reward systems should be shaped;
  • Desk research and expert interviews with recruiters, HRM policy makers, evaluators, and staff advisors at different UMCs to further map how incentives towards responsible conduct in research are currently institutionalized;
  • Comparisons in two different UMCs of the effectiveness of new and existing reward systems in terms of fostering responsible conduct in research.

Job requirements

  • A PhD degree in Science and Technology Studies, or one of the Social Sciences or Life Sciences in combination with STS;
  • Strong skills in designing, organizing and executing qualitative research, especially interviews and ethnographic fieldwork;
  • Pertinent scientific publications;
  • Fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset, but not a condition;
  • Strong analytical capacity;
  • Willingness and proven ability to work independently, but also to execute the research project in concordance with the other subprojects in the program.

Further information

For more information, see Academic Tranfer.

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