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PhD Scholarship in Science Education (1.0 FTE) (B065218)

posted 11 Jun 2018, 01:00 by ICO Education   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 01:00 ]

The University of Groningen (founded in 1614) has an international reputation as dynamic and innovative institution of higher education, offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop
their own individual talents. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU, the QS World University Rankings, and the World University Rankings. It marks the 24th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia, scoring 3rd best in Europe and 5th non-US university. The Institute for Science Education and Communication in the Faculty of Science and Engineering has an opening for a PhD candidate in Science Education.

Scholarship opportunities

The PhD degree in science education offers candidates opportunities to undertake in-depth explorations of current research and theory in science teaching and learning across the spectrum of formal and informal education. The successful candidate will contribute to the research of the Institute for Science Education and Communication and to the teaching in various graduate programs (e.g., Master’s in Science Education and Communication), depending on their interests and experiences.

The successful candidate will work on a research study of their interest linked to the project ‘Students’ science identities and out-of-school science’, which focuses on research related to students’ science identities and explores the role of out-of-school settings in shaping their identities. Research in these areas includes, but is not limited to, topics related to science identity such as, career aspirations, identity negotiations, life histories and identity trajectories, equitable science, diversifying science, gender issues, out-of-school science, science communication etc.


Educational background and a recently completed master’s degree in any of the following fields:

  • Educational sciences, Science education, Natural sciences, Science communication, or a related field
  • competence in research methods in the social sciences either quantitative or qualitative
  • proven excellent oral and written English skills
  • excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Dutch proficiency is not a requirement but it will be considered as an advantage.


The PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship of € 2,099 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen for a period of four years. Information about the terms and conditions of the PhD Scholarship Programme can be found via: https://www.rug.nl/education/phd-programmes/phd-scholarship-programme/about/

The scholarship PhD student will participate in the Graduate School of Science training programme for PhD students and will draw up a personal training and supervision plan together with his or her supervisor. The Graduate School also provides a progress monitoring scheme to ensure an efficient PhD trajectory resulting in a PhD thesis within four years. A Career Perspectives curriculum is part of the training, which aims to prepare students for their (academic or non-academic) careers after the PhD trajectory.

Starting date is September 1, 2018


You may apply for this position until 5 July 23.59h / before 6 July 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The submission should contain the following:

1. cover letter, a curriculum vitae
2. a proposed research plan
3. the contact information of two academic referees.

Review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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