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Post-doctoral researcher in Professional identity development and career choices of STEM students and young professionalsPosted by: University of Twente
Posted date: 2018-Apr-16
While the popularity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) study programs increased over the past 10 years, dropout rates among STEM students are high during college years, and during the transition to the labour market: less than half of all highly-educated STEM graduates opts for a career in the technical sector. In our previous project ‘Mind the gap’, we discovered that STEM students’ professional identity formation forms an important parameter to explain career choices. Especially non-prototypical STEM students (e.g., females, generalists) identify less with their future profession, have less confidence in a career in the technical sector, and thus have a lower tendency to choose for a career in STEM. The follow-up project ‘Bridge the gap’ (https://www.techyourfuture.nl/a-955/bridge-the-gap), focusses on how professional identity of STEM students and professionals changes over time in interaction with the (technical) study or work context. In addition, tools and interventions will be developed, tested and implemented to strengthen STEM students’ and professionals’ professional identity formation and guide them in making conscious career choices. This post-doc project forms an excellent opportunity to conduct scientific research that is directly relevant and applicable to field practitioners.
As a post-doctoral researcher in this project, your job is to
The division of tasks between the PhD-position and post-doc position will be done based on expertise and interests of the candidates. The 3,5-year research project is a collaboration between University of Twente, Utrecht University and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. In addition, a consortium of five higher education institutes, 18 technical companies, and three expertise centres is participating in the project. The project is funded by TechYourFuture, 4TU Centre of Engineering Education, and TechniekPact Twente.
You hold a PhD degree in (Social, Organizational, Business) Psychology, Educational Science, or a related field. In addition, you:
Your application should include the following documents:
Applications should be uploaded via the application link below. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.
The application deadline is May 30th, 2018. Interviews will be held in June.
For additional information about this position you can contact dr. Ruth van Veelen (r.vanveelenuu.nl) or dr. Maaike Endedijk (only after appointment via Sandra Schele, s.scheleutwente.nl / 053-4892022).
More information about the department of Educational Science can be found on the following website: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/owk/
Conditions of employment
A 3-year part-time postdoc position (0,6 fte), starting September 1st (preferred). There are options to extend the contract with teaching tasks to a full-time position. The gross salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) € 2.588,- to € 4.757,- per month for a fulltime position, depending on experience. On top of this, you receive a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; and an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences