Postdoc Citizen Science Social Practices of eHealth Use

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 take a social practice approach to study how diverse groups of citizens integrate innovations and new forms of health information & data into their daily lives and practices - at home or at work. A further question is whether citizen’s practices create tensions and alignments with the practices of health and care professionals. How do relations and communication between citizens and health professionals change with the introduction of innovations, such as self-measuring and self-management apps? Innovations and practices studied will relate to those tested and implemented in the 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 fields of science and technology studies, social practice theory, sociology of health, (constructive) technology assessment or related fields
  • you are experienced in empirical research methods, in particular qualitative interviews
  • in academic writing, demonstrated by (co-)authored peer-reviewed journals
  • you are fluent in Dutch (C2) and English (C2)
  • collaborative and communicative, in relation to colleagues and citizens
  • you have affinity with the vision of citizen science, citizen involvement and working in a transdisciplinary team
  • you are able to work creatively, flexible, and rather independently in a large project that will evolve over 3 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.

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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