Post-doc position in NWO-project on Learning in learning communities to accelerate learning and innovation in the installation sector

Job description
The energy transition requires (future) installation workers to adapt to new ways of working and to proactively develop new practices. In this project, Learning Communities composed of (future) installation workers and experts from various educational programs. These Learning Communities should accelerate learning and innovation, but evidence of how and why Learning Communities contribute to sustained learning and development is still anecdotical and often exclusively focused on short-term outcomes. This post doc project uses a routine dynamics perspective to determine in what way employees’ participation in a Learning Community results into sustainable (lasting) changes in their everyday practice.

This part-time Post-doc project (0.4 fte, expansion possible) forms an excellent opportunity to conduct scientific research to gain insight into how organizational changes, such as those around the energy transition, can be fostered through Learning Communities. In addition, this project will include strong collaboration with the field and therefore will directly contribute to pressing questions on how to prepare the future workforce on the energy transition.

As a Post-doc researcher in this project, your job is to

  • Design and conduct longitudinal qualitative case studies to determine how and in what way participants of the Learning Communities change their everyday work practice.
  • Design and conduct longitudinal quantitative studies to detect patterns across participants’ work-related change trajectories.
  • Work in close collaboration with researchers in the project team (including a PhD-student, a senior researcher and a junior researcher), as well as stakeholders and practitioners in the technical (educational and corporate) field.
  • Report and present your findings for both scientific and non-scientific audiences.

The Post-doc project is funded by NWO and is part of the project Hit the gas! Learning communities to accelerate learning and innovation in the installation sector.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, and Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Besides the post-doc, a PhD-student and junior researcher will be hired to work on this project.

The PhD-project and post-doc project are positioned at the University of Twente. The consortium, consisting of eight installation companies and three educational institutes already participated in a pilot study and are committed to continue their involvement during the main project.

Your Profile

You hold your PhD in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Sociology, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Educational Science or a related field. In addition, you:

  • have expertise or demonstrable interest in organizational change and its relation with professional development, preferably from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • have strong methodological (quantitative and qualitative) knowledge;
  • have experience with field research, and preferably with longitudinal designs;
  • have an interest in the challenges related to the energy transition, and the human capital in the technical sector;
  • have good social and communication skills in academic as well as non-academic contexts;
  • are fluent in English and Dutch (minimum C1-level) and have excellent writing skills;
  • are willing and have proven ability to work independently, but also to collaborate with the team and stakeholders.

Job application

Your application should include the following documents:

  • a cover letter (in English or Dutch) which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which also includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for (preferably) two or more references;
  • a copy of your PhD-thesis or, if it is not yet available, an outline and summary of your thesis and one of your scientific papers.

Applications should be uploaded via (click twice to find vacancy). Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

The application deadline is April 30, 2020. Interviews will be held in May. The starting date for the position is August 2020.

For additional information about this position, or to receive the full text of the proposal you can contact dr. Mireille Hubers (work package leader of the post-doc project, / +31534891115) or dr. Maaike Endedijk (project leader, / +31639270228).

More information about the department of Educational Science can be found on the following website:

Our offer

A 3-year part-time post-doc position (0,4 fte), starting August 1 2020 (or earlier). There are options to extend the contract with a post-doc position on a related Horizon2020 research project (0,2 fte) and/or with teaching tasks. The gross salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU)  € 2.709,- to €4.978,- 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; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.

About the department

The department of Educational Sciences is specialised in research on professional learning in organisations. Researchers at our department study formal and informal learning of (future) employees, including the use of technology to measure and support professional learning. Our studies often take place in the high-tech, health, and educational sector with the intention to understand, evaluate and optimize professional learning in these various contexts. We aim to understand the interactions between learning processes on the individual, team, and organizational level and design (technology based) interventions to optimize these processes. In our research group, we combine expertise from a range of disciplines (e.g., educational sciences, psychology, business administration). Staff members participate in the ICO research school (the Interuniversity Centre of Educational Sciences) and the Twente Graduate School.Our department is responsible for the courses of the Human Resource Development track of the Master Educational Science and Technology, and the corresponding pre-Master program.

About the University of Twente

We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences. We include more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. Our motto “high tech, human touch” expresses the aim of combining research in engineering with social and behavioral sciences. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and less than six hours from Berlin, Paris and London.

About the faculty BMS

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through ‘social engineering’ these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).