Vacancy: Postdoc position at VU University, Amsterdam

Last modified: December 22, 2017

Postdoc Qualitative research: The Myth of Null-hypothesis Significance Testing


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VU Unit: FALW, Health Sciences

Publication date: 21-12-2017

Closing date: 4-1-2018


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties, which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centers, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

This project will be executed by a multidisciplinary team from the VU, the University of Utrecht and the New Mexico State University.

The Project

We are looking for a postdoc at the Department of Health Sciences. He/she will work on a challenging and exciting project about the use of null-hypothesis significance testing (NHST) using a qualitative approach. This 2-year project is funded by the ZonMw program ‘Responsible Research Practices’. The vast majority of empirical researchers base their conclusions on the results from NHST. However, methodologists and statisticians have shown repeatedly over previous decades that NHST is an invalid method for drawing conclusions based on empirical data. This is caused by the fact that NHST is an indirect form of inference. In this project, we will study why the majority of researchers still holds on to the NHST paradigm. Furthermore, we will develop a strategy to shift this paradigm. Methods consist of interviews, focus groups and work conferences with different stakeholders from the science system: editors from scientific journals, researchers, funding agencies and lecturers. As a postdoc, you will be responsible for the planning and execution of the project. You will work on a very timely but also controversial subject.


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Further particulars

The appointment will be for 17 months. The desired starting date is the 1st of March 2018. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications, range from a minimum of € 3.193 up to a maximum of € 3.555 gross per month (salary scale 10-5 to 10-8), based on fulltime employment.


Job interviews will take place on Thursday the 11th of January. For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michiel de Boer, project leader



Applications in writing, including a motivation letter and resume can be mailed to Dr. Michiel de Boer via before the 30th of March.


Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.





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