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Postdoctoral researcher for ERC project on International Scientific Consortia

Research / Academic
Leiden

The INSCONS project is about international scientific consortia such as ITER (nuclear fusion), ALMA (astronomy), and the European Brain Project (neurobiology). We increasingly look at such consortia to come up with scientific and technological advances that are needed to address global challenges in areas such as health, the environment and clean energy. These international consortia represent a novel model for organising scientific research that is rapidly gaining in popularity. Yet, little or no research has been done on them. Organising international scientific consortia represents various challenges. These consortia are highly complex organisations, with budgets that often run in the billions of euros, and work spread out across a multitude of research sites around the world. Moreover, these consortia must navigate (competing) interests of various international stakeholder groups from across the realms of science, policy, and industry. INSCONS is a ground breaking project that will shed light on the challenges involved in organising these consortia, and the broader changes these consortia herald for the scientific endeavour. The project will employ 3 PhD researchers and 2 postdoctoral researchers.

Key responsibilities

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will conduct a research on international scientific consortia for the European Research Council Consolidator program project titled Addressing Global Challenges through International Scientific Consortia (INSCONS). The postdoctoral researcher will be working under the supervision of the principal investigator of the project Professor Dr Simcha Jong, who heads the Science Based Business group at the Faculty of Science of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

The postdoctoral researcher we are looking for will be responsible for a work package within the INSCONS project that examines the relationship between international scientific consortia and the broader scholarly communities these consortia are a part of. To this end, the researcher will conduct a questionnaire-based survey of scientists who are active in specific research fields that different international scientific consortia are embedded in. The researcher will also carry out quantitative network analyses of citation data to examine the co-authorship ties that characterise relationships between scientists who are members of international consortia and scientists who are not members.

Requirements:

  • PhD degree in a relevant field such as technology management, science and technology studies, sociology of science;
  • Ability to publish research in top-tier international journals;
  • Passion about the research goals of the INSCONS project;
  • Affinity with and interest in quantitative research methods;
  • Experience in conducting network analyses using publication citation datasets and in carrying out large-scale surveys are a pre;
  • Ability to work independently in the development of research.

Salary Benefits:

The successful applicant will receive a one-year contract. After positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for three years. The salary is in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch Universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications, experience and performance, the gross monthly salary range from € 2,709,- (pay scale 10) to € 4,978,- (pay scale 11).

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. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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