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    Educational Researcher M/F

    The section OMD/CPE of the Department Learning, Data analysis, and Technology of the Faculty Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, at the University of Twente is currently seeking for a talented and enthusiastic
    Junior researcher (5 months, F/M, 0.8-1.0 FTE)
    for executive research activities for a research project financed by the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO), a unit of the Dutch research council (NWO).

    The challenge

    Social capital of primary school boards

    The project called Sociaal kapitaalkrachtig bestuur is a study into the potential value of social capital for school boards in primary education. Social capital of an organization fosters internal stakeholders to form tight networks and improves the connection with external organizations, which helps school boards to stay well informed about relevant issues. It can improve effective steering on educational quality by school boards. School boards with a strong focus on internal and external social capital have potentially more administrative capacities than school boards that do not focus on social capital. In close collaboration with four Dutch primary school boards and the primary education council (PO-raad), we have started an in-depth study into the processes behind the phenomenon of social capital. Our research questions are:

    • How do school boards use internal and external social capital for policymaking?
    • To what extent does the vision on management of the school board relate to the intern social capital?
    • How can a self-evaluation tool for measuring social capital of school boards be designed?

    With the obtained knowledge, we will construct a self-evaluation instrument for school boards. The design process includes trying out the instrument at eight school boards. After revisions the final instrument will be made available for primary school boards interested in the evaluation of their social capital. The aim of the self-evaluation tool is improving the awareness of and reflection on social capital by primary school boards.

    As a junior researcher, you will collect data at four school boards that do a broad reflection on recent policy topics in which the use of social capital was important. Between May and September 2021 you will interview - together with the main researcher - the school board members and relevant internal stakeholders. Subsequently, you will summarize and partly transcribe the interviews, make coding schemes and analyze the interviews in a qualitative way. You will work out the results in a reflection report for each school board.

    Your profile

    You are a highly motivated, enthusiastic and a pro-active candidate with excellent communication and collaboration skills. You have completed a Master in Educational Science and Technology, or in another relevant field. Affinity with evaluation studies, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and working experience in Dutch primary education is preferred. Excellent command of the Dutch language (in understanding, speaking, reading and writing) is required.

    Our offer

    We offer you a full-time position as a junior researcher for the period from 1st May 2021 to 30th September 2022. Your main responsibility will be to carry out and report research. We offer you

    • starting salary between € 2.790,- to € 2.920,- gross per month based on your experience;
    • employment conditions in concordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities,
    • a dynamic, collaborative working environment with enthusiastic colleagues,
    • a high level of responsibility and independency,
    • excellent facilities for professional and personal development at the University of Twente,
    • a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%),
    • at least 232 leave hours (based on a working week of 38 hours),
    • an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8.3%),
    • participation in the pension fund ABP.

    Information and application

    For more information please contact dr. Lyset Rekers-Mombarg, (053-489 5570) Submit your application (including motivational letter, curriculum vitae and your contact information) online before 31th of March, 2021 to the University of Twente at the attention of dr. Lyset Rekers-Mombarg.

    About the organization

    The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
    As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

    University of Twente (UT)

    University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

    As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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