PhD position Science Education (1.0 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The University of Groningen (founded in 1614) has an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education, offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Ranked among the European top in the field of academic research, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge. The Institute of Science Education and Communication in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has an opening for a PhD candidate in Science Education.

Job description
The PhD degree in science education offers candidates opportunities to undertake in-depth explorations of current research and theory in science teaching and learning across the spectrum of formal and informal education. The successful candidate will contribute to the research of the Institute of Science Education and Communication in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and to the teaching in various graduate programmes (e.g. Master’s in Science Education and Communication), depending on his/her interests and experiences.

The successful candidate will work on a research study of his/her interest linked to the project ‘Students’ Science Identities and Science Aspirations’, which focuses on research related to students’ science identities and interest in scientific careers. Research in these areas includes, but is not limited to, topics related to science identity such as, career aspirations, identity negotiations, life histories and identity trajectories, equitable science, diversifying science, gender issues, out-of-school science, science communication etc.

- educational background and a recently completed master’s degree in any of the following fields: Science Education, Natural Sciences, Science Communication, Informal Science, or a related field
- competence in research methods
- proven excellent oral and written English skills
- excellent communication and collaboration skills
- eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
- Dutch proficiency is not a requirement but it will be considered as an advantage.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,191 (salary scale PhD students Dutch Universities) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,801 gross per month in the final year, based on a fulltime position. A PhD training program is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected. The preferred starting month is January, 2017. Apply Applications, including a cover letter, a curriculum vita, a statement of research interests or a proposed research plan, and the contact information of two academic referees, must be submitted until 30 November / before 1 December 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 2801.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Dr Lucy Avraamidou
+31 503638303,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216272

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