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Postdoctoral vacancy, Social studies of science/Responsible research, 1fte, CWTS Leiden (& Maastricht)

                Postdoctoral Position in Social Studies of Science with a focus on Responsible
Research (1,00 FTE)

Vacancy number 21-5169861;

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, Leiden University) and
the dept. of Health, Ethics & Society of Maastricht University are jointly
seeking to appoint an experienced postdoctoral researcher to join a two-year
Wellcome-funded project Embedding Responsible Research in Institutional
Ecosystems by Developing a Responsible Research Community of Practice. The
post-holder will be based in the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research
group at CWTS, led by Professor Sarah de Rijcke, and will work closely
together with dr. Bart Penders at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and
professor Marcus Munaf at the University of Bristol (UK), where a second
postdoctoral researcher working on the project will be based.

About the project
Responsible conduct of research is essential to the trustworthiness of
research, including public trust in research. It promotes rigorous research,
fosters a positive research environment, and raises confidence in the research
we produce. Surprisingly, we know little about whether what constitutes
responsible research should be the same irrespective of discipline, nor about
the effectiveness of approaches intended to promote responsible research, nor
how to assess this. Currently, many approaches to training in responsible
research conduct, and to promoting responsible research more generally, are
developed within disciplinary silos. For example, the San Francisco
Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) has been criticized for being too
narrowly applicable to scientific disciplines. Similarly, reproducibility is a
concept that applies to quantitative disciplines, but less in qualitative
disciplines and the social sciences, and even less so in the humanities.

Understanding different responsible research frameworks will provide a deeper
understanding of what constitutes responsible research practice across
disciplines, and the extent to which these frameworks can be applied across
disciplines  the life and biomedical sciences, the social sciences, and
humanities. The post-holder will seek to develop an understanding of how
responsible research is conceived and realised, both across disciplines, and
across institutions in Europe, grounded in the framework provided by the
Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. We will then use this knowledge to
establish a responsible research Community of Practice  a group of people who
"share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it
better as they interact regularly"  initially across the UK Reproducibility
Network (UKRN; of 20 UK HEIs, and an
additional 8 continental European HEIs.

The successful applicant will work with Professor Sarah de Rijcke and dr. Bart
Penders, and will have the following responsibilities:

 To manage the project, including delivery of the three main objectives: 1)
scoping responsible research across disciplines and institutions through a
Delphi study; 2) developing a responsible research Community of Practice; and
3) implementing and evaluating responsible research stewardship activity;

 To develop and maintain collaborative relationships with project partners,
including lead-applicant Marcus Munaf (University of Bristol), the UKRN
institutional members, and additional HEIs in the Netherlands and abroad as

 To write study protocols and research ethics committee submissions, perform
empirical analyses, contribute to the interpretation of results, prepare
manuscripts for publication, and present results at conferences and other

 To manage relationships and communicate with other stakeholders including
academic partners, sectoral organisations, and the general public;

 To ensure that all work adheres to Open Science principles, and to research
governance, data protection and confidentiality protocols.

About CWTS

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) studies scientific
research and its connections to technology, innovation, and society. As a
leading research, consulting, and training center, CWTS is dedicated to
increasing our understanding of scientific quality, societal impact, and other
related concepts. CWTS studies the conditions and consequences of research
evaluation for the generation of new knowledge, and the role of research in
innovation processes. Special attention is paid to the value of bibliometric
and scientometric tools to support the evaluation and management of scientific
research. On the basis of its research, CWTS wishes to contribute to the
debates about the role of science in society. Studies at CWTS range across the
broad field of science, technology and innovation studies.

About the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group
The Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group analyses the politics
and practices of research evaluation in connection with contemporary forms of
governance of research and scholarship. We use the concept of "governance"
because it allows us to take into account the changing relationships between
knowledge production processes and formal and informal steering efforts at
multiple levels in the science system:

(inter)national level - e.g. EU funding schemes, responsible metrics
organisational level - e.g. institutional evaluation practices;
shop-floor level - e.g. the practical handling and possible epistemic
implications of indicators in different fields.

About the dept. Health, Ethics and Society (Maastricht, NL)
The department of Health, Ethics and Society (HES) is a dynamic and diverse
department that brings together a variety of disciplines and expertises. We
firmly believe in the strength that comes from such multiple points of view.
Yet beyond diversity, there is an approach that we share: We critically
reflect on practices and structures around health and health research in our

These reflections take place against the backdrop of social developments and
other institutional structures that intersect with the ones we engage with.
Furthermore, in our globalised world, these practices and structures extend
beyond various boundaries even if they are local. Some of the structures we
study are firmly embedded in our lives, whereas others are new and innovative
and promise (or threaten) to change it for the better.

Our critical engagements aim to feed back into the practices, structures and
technologies we study, to strengthen and optimise them and make them more
socially robust, proportional and just.

We are looking for a researcher with:

A PhD degree in Science and Technology Studies or related field;
Experience in qualitative research, including conducting Delphi processes;
Experience in quantitative research, including conducting surveys;
Skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
Evidence of being able to complete research outputs (e.g., peer reviewed
Ability and willingness to independently manage day-to-day activity;
Fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in English;
Strong analytical capacity;
Communication proficiency;
willingness and proven ability to work as part of an international team.
Our organisation

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research
and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on
increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty
consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies,
Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child
Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000
students and 850 staff members. For more information, please visit the

Diversity and inclusion are cherished as core values at Leiden University. At
the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences we also strive to create a
diverse and inclusive learning and working environment, in which everyone  no
matter who they are or what they do  can feel at home and develop their
Terms and conditions

Employment will be offered through Leiden University, while Maastricht
University offers an honorary affiliation in conjunction. We offer a
fixed-term position for 38 hours per week from 1 January 2022 until 31
December 2023. Salary ranges from  3807,- to  5211,- gross per month (pay
scale 11), in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional
holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development.
Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set
of terms and conditions. Candidates should have the right to work in the
Netherlands for the duration of the contract but do not have to physically be
in the Netherlands.
Promising candidates will be invited for an interview on 23 November 2021.

Additional information about Leiden University and CWTS can be found here and
here. Specific information about the position and the project can be obtained
from Sarah de Rijcke or Bart Penders by e-mail at or

The application including a short motivation letter and CV should be submitted
no later than November 11th 2021 via the blue button in our application
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