Gepubliceerd op 02-01-2019

Postdoctoral researcher “Working on IGNITE: Design Thinking and Making in the Arts and Sciences”


Applicants are invited for a 17 month postdoctoral position within the project “IGNITE” (https://ignite.acdh.oeaw.ac.at/). The project is funded by European Commission, awarded to the principal investigator, Susan Schreibman.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, multi-national research team creating an online module in Design Thinking and Making to be taught in the MA in Media Studies: Digital Cultures at Maastricht University in 2019-2020, as well as online through the #dariahTeach platform. We are looking for a talented and flexible early career researcher to be part of the team to assist with a range of activities supporting both the development of the module and the #dariahTeach platform including, but not limited to conducting and analyzing focus groups, user evaluations, and surveys; being the point of contact for the project’s website and social media presence and outreach activities; taking an active role in the day-to-day running of the project, including coordinating and attending project meetings, assisting with content development; and co-organizing and contributing to the successful delivery of project events. He/she will work independently and in collaboration with a distributed project team and the principal investigator (PI) of the project. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details of their own research based on their expertise, the material they gather and their own ideas, in consultation with the PI. They will also work synergistically and collectively with the rest of the team. For example, they will play a crucial role in the conceptual and methodological innovations required by the project as a collective endeavour; lead, and contribute to, academic publications and project reports; participate in team meetings; engage in presentations; and be involved in the co-organisation of workshops and other events related to the project.


Researchers who have a completed a PhD in humanities, social science or education, with methodological experience in one or more of the following: e-learning, digital humanities, or design thinking are invited to apply. Candidates who have recently submitted their thesis can apply as well. The candidate should have interest in and (proven) experience with a multidisciplinary approach to the areas of Knowledge, Technology and Digitalisation. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht. Responsibilities will also include conducting focus groups and user evaluations online as well as at project partner institutions. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, be open to working together with a team of interdisciplinary scholars on a collaborative project, and have excellent organisational abilities. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite since the candidates will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications.

Additionele informatie

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website:http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos .

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to s.schreibman@maastrichtuniversity.nl .

Further information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may be accessed on:http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos .

Interested candidates are invited to submit:

1.   A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position

2.   A CV including a complete list of publications

3.   A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level

4.   PhD degree certificate

5.   Evidence of research output (job market paper, selected publications or working papers);

The deadline for submitting your application is 15 January 2019.

Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Faculty Office: pzfasosvac-hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl .

All applicants will be notified within one month following the deadline as to whether or not they have been selected for an interview with the search committee. Short-listed candidates will be asked to write a research proposal related to the project described above. , of 1,000 words (further details will be supplied) and provide two references. Interviews will take place in Maastricht and/or via Skype.

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