Postdoc Citizen Science Responsible Innovation in Digital Health

University of Twente


Job description

In the 3-year research and innovation programme TOPFIT Citizenlab we will bring together citizens, health professionals, companies and researchers for developing and embedding technological innovations for care and health:

For this ambitious project University of Twente is searching for 6 postdoc researchers. Being one of them, you will study how different forms of early involvement of citizens can contribute to responsible innovation in digital health. In particular, you will investigate the roles Citizenlab and Citizen Science can take in innovation processes, and the needs, opportunities and effects of citizen involvement in the Twente health innovation system. Innovations will relate to those tested and implemented in the 3 pilots of Citizenlab:

  • Citizens & diabetes
  • Healthy citizens at work (care at home & work)
  • Citizen involvement in development and embedding of new technologies (Rheumatism HandScan & Diameter) but also beyond. You will collaborate with other postdocs and partners in Citizenlab and with partners in Norway. Part of the position is related to an international project funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

STePS Department
The Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) is part of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences and embedded in the cluster "Technology, Policy, Society". At STePS we navigate technology and sciences in societies, through world-class multidisciplinary research, intensive education and practical interventions. We assess technological innovation and sociotechnical change, studying the past and anticipating the future. We stir constructive debate and identify productive steering options for governments, academic institutions, civil society, user organisations, and firms – in Europe and in emerging economies. We work towards better governance of science, technology and innovation, addressing major societal challenges such as sustainable energy and health, together with the players in the field.

Your profile

  • you hold a PhD, preferably in the field of science, technology and innovation studies, in particular user innovation, user involvement, living labs, innovation networks and (eco)systems, responsible innovation, or related fields
  • you are experienced in empirical research methods, in particular qualitative interviews,
  • experienced in academic writing, demonstrated by (co-)authored peer-reviewed journals
  • you are fluent in English (C2) and have basic competences in Dutch (B2)
  • you have affinity with the vision of citizen science, citizen involvement and working in a transdisciplinary team
  • you are collaborative and communicative, in relation to colleagues and citizens
  • you are able to work creatively, flexible, and rather independently in a large project that will evolve in the coming years


For further information about this vacancy please contact dr. Kornelia Konrad, assistant professor, email: and tel. 053-4893906.
Your application, including a motivation letter and actual CV can be uploaded via the following link until November 10th, 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. 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.

Our offer

We offer a very challenging position, with space and opportunities for your ideas and initiatives.
You will be employed for 28 to 38 hours a week, for a period of two years at first instance, in accordance with the Dutch Labour Agreement (CAO).
Your salary will be between €3.255 to € 4.978 gross per month on fulltime basis, depending of your experience.

The organization

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

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: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente, The Netherlands, takes the assessment and governance of innovations and emerging technologies as its central theme of teaching and research. STePS considers in particular strategic issues that are multidisciplinary: they involve developments in science, technology, politics and society, as well as interaction between them. Studies conducted within STePS link analytical and normative perspectives, and consider not only technological innovations but also innovations in governance (

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