Gepubliceerd op 04-08-2021

Univeristy of Twente Post-DOC Navigating stories in times of transition

The Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB)-department, section Psychology, Health and Technology (PHT) at the University of Twente (UT) is seeking a post-doc researcher (1.0 fte) for the project “Navigating Stories in Times of Transition: The Covid-19 Pandemic as a Use Case”, funded by the Netherlands eScience Center.

This project wants to advance multidisciplinary approaches to digital storytelling. When major transitions happen, people respond by telling stories that create continuity and change. In a digital age, storytelling has become even more abundant, rich in variety, and accelerating in pace. The current Covid-19 pandemic allows to study digital stories while transitions are happening, rather than in hindsight. In a multidisciplinary team of researchers, we will access existing and growing databases to analyze how different types of stories evolve over time. With regard to eScience methodologies, the goal is to develop a Story Navigator, a dashboard that visualizes the multilayered, multidimensional, and changing contextual network of stories, building in particular on Digital Story Grammar methodology that allows to study narrative elements in their mutual relations. The Story Navigator allows for an optimal interaction between human and computer analysis to further advance the field. The project provides proof of concept and then integrates the Story Navigator into the Media Suite of the Dutch infrastructure for digital humanities and social sciences (CLARIAH) to facilitate dissemination and long-term use. The tool will find broad use in interdisciplinary narrative studies, in domains like health, cultures of organizations, oral histories, and public debates.

You will be responsible for coordinating and carrying out the project together with escience engineers from the Netherlands eScience Center and under supervision of an interdisciplinary group of researchers. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Media Studies and the Institute of Language, Logic, and Computation at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands eScience Center, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Institute for Sound and Vision as well as the Danish National Center for Social Research.

We offer an exciting position in a stimulating, international environment. We have a strong culture of interdisciplinary research within the Institutional Behaviour department. Throughout the faculty and university, we work together with scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and computer sciences. Various initiatives and infastructures at Twente will enable exciting opportunities, in specific the Story Lab.


  • Experience in narrative research with a specific focus on computational analysis.
  • An interdisciplinary team worker in the field of social sciences, humanities, and technology;
  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline, like Psychology, Social Sciences, or Humanities;
  • A creative, and ‘getting-things-done’ mindset;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills;
  • Proficient in English and Dutch

Conditions of employment

We offer a fulltime position for three years. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda. The starting salary, depending on experience, ranges from € 3.746 to € 5.127 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The UT offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.). International applicants are likely to qualify for a low 30% tax regime.

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Additional information

For more information please contact prof. dr. Gerben Westerhof (g.j.westerhof@utwente.nl) or Anneke Sools (a.m.sools@utwente.nl). Please submit your application before 3 September 2021 and include:

  • A cover letter of at most 1.5 page, outlining your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position;
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including contact information for at least two academic references;
  • A writing sample.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce

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