The Rathenau Instituut conducts research within the field of science and technology studies. An important aim of the research is to inform policy makers and the public about the social implications of modern science and technology. The Rathenau Institute has two departments, one for Technology Assessment and one for Science System Assessment.
The mission of the Science System Assessment department is to conduct basic, strategic and applied research on the functioning and dynamics of the science system, in relation to internal scientific and technological changes and in relation to external societal, economical, and political changes. The department currently consists of 18 researchers.
Description of the positions:
Over the last two decades, we see new ways of funding and programming of research and knowledge production. Large scale research programmes are set up, characterized by collaboration between academia, industry and societal actors. These programmes aim to develop knowledge which contributes to economic development or societal problemsolving (so-called Mode 2 or transdisciplinary knowledge). In close cooperation with a team of senior and junior researchers, you will conduct research into the dynamics and effects of such large-scale multi-actor research programmes. Cases will be studied on thenational as well as on the European level.
There will be a focus on programs in the field of both climate adaptation and water research.
Research questions concern
1) the dynamics and driving forces of these research programmes;
2) the programmes’ effectiveness;
3) favourable conditions for developing relevant knowledge for academia, industry and society.
Both qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used.
Rathenau is developing strategic partnerships in a number of fields.
The research programme on water is carried out in cooperation with KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Delft University of Technology and the Free University of Amsterdam. We expect you to prepare a PhD thesis, based on this research.
You are expected to have a masters degree in a relevant field, good writing skills, the ability to collaborate closely within a research team and a strong motivation for doing policy relevant scholarly research. Candidates with strong skills in qualitative or quantitative research methods, and with an interest in science and technology policy are preferred. Knowledge on climate change, climate adaptation and water related research is considered an advantage.
Appointment: The positions involve temporary appointments for the duration of the project: initially for 1 year, with the intention of extending the appointment with another 3 years.
Salary: Depending on training and work experience, the maximum gross monthly salarycoming with a full-time appointment will amount to € 3,755, scale 10, Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities, excluding 8% holiday pay and a 8,3 % year-end bonus. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.
Location: The Hague, but other temporary field work locations are possible.
If you wish to apply for one of these positions, please send your CV, the names of two references, and a cover letter by mail or e-mail to:
Head Science System
Assessment Unit, Attn: Personnel Department,
P.O. Box 95366, 2509 CJ The Hague,
There is no formal closing date for applications. We consider new applicants on a rolling base until all positions are filled.
Selection will start at the 31st of August. A first round of interviews will take place onSeptember 17th.
The Rathenau Instituut hires on the basis of quality and is an equal opportunity employer.
We invite applications from all qualified candidates.