Postdoctoral researcher in computational biology (scholarship)

 The Department of Laboratory Medicine consists of 7 divisions and is active in many areas of Laboratory Medicine to promote human health in short and long term. The department has close collaboration with Karolinska Hospital and is involved in advanced basic scientific, clinical, and epidemiological research. The department is one of the largest departments of education at Karolinska Institutet.

The research group of Dr. Ping Chen at the Division of Clinical Chemistry is looking for a postdoctoral fellow interested in artificial intelligence and advanced omics data analysis. We focus on data-driven research to understand the disease pathogenesis and devise better diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for human metabolic disease. In close collaboration with multidisciplinary researchers, we integrate biobanks, longitudinal clinical data, omics technologies as well as novel computational and experimental approaches in our research. A two-year postdoc position is immediately available from the Chen lab.

Division

The Division of Clinical Chemistry is carrying out research to elucidate the molecular basis of cardiometabolic disease integrating basic science, clinical medicine, and translational approaches.

Duties

During the development of obesity and insulin resistance, ectopic lipid accumulation occurs in various organs. In the liver, such condition is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can progress to more severe stages, such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis, and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver fibrosis is the most important predictor of prognosis in NAFLD patients. In this project, we will focus on NAFLD and develop an innovative non-invasive machine learning model to monitor the real-time disease progression and future risks of NAFLD patients. The tools developed here will allow patient subgroup stratification at a high resolution and further investigate how the immune system is functional in high-risk NAFLD patients during their longitudinal disease progression.

Entry requirements

To quality, the applicants are required to have a PhD in the field of computational biology and have extensive knowledge of biomedical sciences. Specifically, experience with machine learning and analysis of human omics data are of advantage. The person should exhibit a high degree of independence but on the other hand also value a collaborative approach to science and enjoy working in a team. Motivation, the ability to work with people of different disciplines, executive capacity and good communication skills in English are important. A strong publication track record and good manuscript writing skills are desirable. Experience with biopsy specimen collection, flow cytometry, cell culture, and library construction for single-cell sequencing are a benefit but not essential.

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualification can be established for foreign researchers who place their qualifications in Sweden. The purpose of scholarships for postdoctoral qualification is to promote internationalization and contribute to research qualification after a doctorate or equivalent.

A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent.To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship, the person must have obtained a doctorate or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctorate. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) start date of the post doctoral education.

The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish doctorate or higher.

Location: The position is located within the Department of Laboratory Medicine, KI Campus Flemingsberg within the research group of Dr. Ping Chen at the Division of Clinical Chemistry.

Type of scholarship

A scholarship for carrying out postdoctoral research can be granted for a maximum of two years within a four-year period following the receipt of a doctoral degree or equivalent. 

The amount is tax free and it is set for twelve months at a time, paid out on a six months basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable.

Application process

An application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

The application is to be submitted on the Varbi recruitment system.

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SalaryScholarship
Reference numberSTÖD 2-848/2023
Contact
  • Ping Chen, ping.chen@ki.se
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-58582665
  • Emilie Hultin, SACO, 08-52483286
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published23.Feb.2023
Last application date31.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

Assistant Professor (Academic Education Track) position in Marketing

 The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) empowers and connects students, academics and external stakeholders to have a joint positive impact on regional, national and global economic and business challenges in science and society. It is our mission to offer excellent education and to execute excellent and impactful research. We therefore aim to attract talented staff and invest in them by providing clear career paths.

The academic education track
FEB is committed to providing excellent education and to continuous educational improvement and leadership in education. FEB’s Academic Education Track (AET) therefore acknowledges and rewards excellent teaching performance, provides career opportunities for education-focused academic staff, and has the goal to continuously improve and innovate our education.

Staff members in the AET of FEB form a community in which they can share their insights and learnings with regard to education and their other experiences in the education track. Positions in the AET at the Faculty of Economics and Business are temporary positions subject to a tenure decision at the end of the fifth year. The tenure requirements include criteria with respect to education, research, and citizenship and service; with the emphasis on education.

Within the Department of Marketing (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, The Netherlands), one full-time position is vacant for an Assistant Professor in the academic education track.

Department
The Department of Marketing is one of the highly regarded and productive marketing groups in Europe. The department is responsible for courses in marketing for students in Bachelor and Master programs – in particular on Marketing Management, and Marketing Analytics & Data Science – at the Faculty of Economics and Business. In addition, the department participates in the Research Master program, a challenging 2-year Master program intended for students aiming at a PhD.

The quality and productivity of the department is evidenced by the very high ratings it consistently obtains in research evaluations. The RUG Customer Insights Center and the Groningen Digital Business Center that are affiliated with the department form a bridge between science and practice, translating into collaboration and data collection opportunities for department members.

The new tenure track Assistant Professor (AET) is expected to strengthen the position of the Department of Marketing, in particular with respect to our educational programs. In general, we seek candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching. With your excellent teaching you will participate in and contribute to the educational programs of the Department of Marketing, with a focus on Marketing Management, but also Marketing Analytics and Data Science. Specific educational tasks will depend on the expertise and experience of the candidate.

During the AET, a 70% (teaching and education management), 20% (research), 10% (development time) division of time allocation is used. Afterwards, time is allocated according to regular faculty procedures (comparable to US research schools).

Qualifications

Hence, to qualify, you…

• have an appealing and inspiring vision on teaching
• are an enthusiastic and effective lecturer with excellent teaching skills, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations
• have experience with individual student supervision, small group teaching (seminars, workshops, interactive teaching formats), and large group lecturing
• have knowledge of modern teaching and assessment methods
• have a University Teaching Qualification or are willing to obtain this qualification
• have PhD degree in Marketing or a related discipline
• are a good scientific researcher, preferably evidenced by one or more publications in international journals
• have organizational qualities and excellent communication skills
• have good interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully work both individually and in a team
• are sufficiently fluent in English (C2).

Organisation

Conditions of employment

We offer the Assistant Professor in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary with a minimum of € 3,974 gross per month (salary scale 11). Depending on background and experience the midterm evaluation to Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale 12) will be after three years. Around five years after appointment the Assistant Professor’s performance is subject to a final assessment procedure to the position of Associate Professor by the Committee for Internal Promotions (CIP). Assistant Professors in the Academic Education Track program receive a budget of 5,000 Euros (in total) to spend on e.g. hiring student assistants, travelling, staying abroad, following trainings and courses on teaching (e.g. case-based teaching, including diversity and inclusion in teaching, using gaming) and attending (educational) conferences
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance

In the current policy, you will get an initial appointment for a period of seven years, on the condition of a positive mid-term evaluation at the end of the third year of employment. The University of Groningen is currently developing a new policy regarding the Academic Education Track. The new proposed policy does not change the timeline and criteria for promotion after five years, but the tenure decision will be taken after 18 months. The vacancy comprises a fulltime position at the level of Assistant Professor, but an 0.8 or 0.9 FTE appointment is possible as well, based on the preferences of the candidate. You will be appointed as Assistant Professor in the Academic Education Track.

Starting date of the position is negotiable, but we foresee that it starts between September 2023 and January 2024

Application

Interested applicants should submit:

1. a motivation letter
2. a curriculum vitae
3. vision statement on teachin
4. teaching evaluations, and
5. two letters of recommendation.

You may apply for this position until 30 March 11:59pm / before 31 March 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/(...)rsity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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Interdisciplinary PhD position Young Academy Groningen

 We are looking for talented students who wish to design their own PhD research project on an interdisciplinary topic within the scope of the research expertise of Young Academy Groningen members (please visit http://www.rug.nl/research/young-academy). One PhD Scholarship position is available to conduct research within the project theme of project 1 listed below. Candidates can also apply on another topic on the intersection of the fields of expertise of two or more YAG members (herein called project 2). As a PhD scholarship student, you will develop your own research project in consultation with the associated supervisor(s). You will conduct independent and original academic research and report results via peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and ultimately a PhD thesis. The PhD thesis has to be completed within four years. Being part of a cutting-edge research programme, you will receive research training as well as a varied educational training program including transferable skills and future (academic or non-academic) career training for after the PhD trajectory, in the context of our Career Perspective Series.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors of the project for further details and clarifications on the research project and on the application process.

Project 1. Geographies of Discontent: Understanding Protest and Regional Resentment in the Northern Netherlands

Supervisors:
Dr Léonie de Jonge (YAG, Faculty of Arts, Assistant Professor in European Politics & Society)
Dr Koen Salemink (Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Assistant Professor in Cultural Geography)
Dr Sander van Lanen (YAG, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Assistant Professor in Cultural
Geography)

Project description:
This project combines cultural geography and political science to examine spatial patterns and drivers of feelings of discontent, and how these feelings translate (or not) in protest events with a specific focus on the Northern Netherlands (i.e. the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen). This region is characterized by both diverse and specific problems linked to peripherality, earthquakes and large-scale renewable energy projects. As such, it forms an ideal environment to examine the geographies of regional discontent. The broader aim of the project is to better understand geographical differences in discontent, protest, and their underlying mechanisms.

Western democracies are currently witnessing a growing sense of social discontent, characterized by declining levels of trust in governments and institutions, and rising support for populist and extremist movements. These trends have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, and the ongoing nitrogen and energy crises in the Netherlands. These developments contributed to rising anti-government sentiments and (at times violent) protests.

Such feelings of discontent and protest incidents are traditionally concentrated in places that allegedly ‘don’t matter’. In the Netherlands, this territorially-rooted discontent, also known as ‘place resentment’, manifests itself in feelings of resentment of the periphery towards the center (i.e. the Randstad). Yet, we know little about the exact nature of this regional resentment. For instance, national media tend to represent rural resentment rather homogeneously, while rural scholars maintain that rural places and communities are very diverse, and urban scholars call for attention to ‘peripheries within the center’. This begs the question whether one can speak of an urban-rural divide, especially since cultural geographers redirect our attention to studying urban-rural, intra-rural, and intra-urban divides.

Regardless of the exact nature of the divide, there is growing evidence that spatial patterns of regional and rural resentment can be discerned. This raises the following questions, which form the backbone of this project: what are the main drivers for regional discontent? How, when and where does it manifest itself? How do these drivers of discontent differ through space, and when and how do they turn into protest activities? And why do some issues result in (violent) protest, while others do not?

Interdisciplinary Focus
This project studies regional resentment and discontent at the intersection of political science and cultural geography. Political science provides us with theories to understand processes behind regional resentment and radicalisation. Cultural geography offers frameworks to understand why and how this resentment concentrates in particular places. This project combines both disciplines to shed new light on pressing societal questions that have been raised by both disciplines, but for which the disciplines individually can only offer partial explanations. This interdisciplinary approach can help explain how place and geographical context affect protest and political preferences and offer new insights on “place resentment”.

Project 2. A PhD Project that crosses the disciplines of two Young Academy Groningen members

If you have your own project idea that you would like to submit, please contact YAG members to discuss your ideas and the possibilities of submitting a joint proposal. (Note: This cross-disciplinary project must list at least two supervisors, of whom two are Young Academy Groningen members).

Qualifications

Project 1
The ideal candidate would need to have several if not all of the following qualities:

  • an Master’s degree (MA/MSc) in one of the disciplines that form the backbone of the project (i.e. either in political science, cultural/ human geography, or other relevant social science), with a keen interest in the key disciplines
  • a clear research interest in the topic of the project (i.e. is intrinsically motivated)
  • is willing to develop skills in either political science or geography (e.g. willingness to be trained in geographical information systems or acquire knowledge and expertise on relevant political science methods and literatures)
  • is committed to work autonomously in an interdisciplinary team setting
  • a demonstrably excellent written and spoken command of English (written and spoken command of Dutch is a definite asset).

Project 2

The ideal candidate is ambitious, highly motivated and wishes to make a career in research. He or she has a thorough training in research skills, speaks and writes English fluently, and has considerable experience in the project area being proposed (ideally at Masters level.)

Organisation

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the final year
  • a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The appointment will commence in September 2023

Application

The application package consists of the following separate documents:

1. a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
2. a CV, including contact details of two academic referees
3. a brief proposal (1 page), outlining the preferred disciplinary focus, research method and data to be analysed
4. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
5. other relevant documents.

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages or applications sent by email will not be taken into account. If necessary – because of the limited upload options, please combine different documents into one pdf.

You may apply for this position until 2 April 11:59pm / before 3 April 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

More information
For more information about project 1, it is highly recommended to contact the supervisors of the project:
Léonie de Jonge: leonie.de.jonge@rug.nl
Sander van Lanen: s.van.lanen@rug.nl
Koen Salemink: k.salemink@rug.nl

For practical information regarding the application procedure you can contact: youngacademy@rug.nl

Interviews with selected candidates will be held on 14 April and (if necessary) on 19 April 2023.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/(...)rsity-and-inclusion/
Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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PhD position in opto-spintronics in 2D materials

 We are looking for a PhD candidate for our research on combining light, electronics and spins in two-dimensional materials. The aim of the PhD project is to develop a device based on van der Waals heterostructures capable of transmitting magnetic information through light. Experience with van der Waals heterostructures/2D materials, optics and/or electronics is desirable.

You will use advanced nanofabrication and characterization techniques to fabricate nanodevices based on van der Waals heterostructures which combine strong light-matter interaction, high spin-orbit coupling and magnetism. Our goal is to combine a system which is capable of manipulating magnetization electrically – via spin-orbit torques – with light emission for transferring information. Therefore, you will characterize your devices using spin-orbit torque and optoelectronic measurement techniques.

You will perform measurements at cryogenic temperatures and high magnetic fields using state-of-the-art experimental setups for optical and electronic measurements already present at the Opto-Spintronics of Nanostructures group. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the diverse community of researchers of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, and to disseminate your research results at international conferences.

Organisation
The Opto-Spintronics of Nanostructures is a research group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials focusing on the interplay between light, charge and spin/magnetism at the nanoscale. The Opto-Spintronics of Nanostructures has a strong expertise on the fabrication and characterization of high-quality van der Waals heterostructures. The research group is very diverse, consisting of researchers from different backgrounds and cultures. Finally, we have strong collaborations with other groups at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials performing research on two-dimensional materials and spintronics, as well as with the world-leading company on van der Waals materials growth – HQ Graphene.

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 37,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

  • a master’s degree in physics, electrical engineering, material science, or another related field
  • previous experience in optics, electronic transport, optoelectronics, nanofabrication, or two-dimensional materials and heterostructures are a plus
  • some computer programming (e.g. Python) knowledge is appreciated
  • good spoken and written English proficiency is required.

Organisation

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers:

  • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the final year (salary scale P Dutch Universities), based on a fulltime position (1.0 FTE) excluding a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end of the year bonus
  • a position for four years. Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected
  • a PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty.

The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/

Application

Are you interested in this position?
Your application should contain a short (2 pages) CV and a motivation letter (1 page). In the motivation letter, please give a few reasons why you find this particular position attractive, i.e. what in optospintronics in 2D materials is attractive to you. Also include your relevant past experience.

You can submit your application until 31 March 11:59 p.m. / before 1 April 2023 Dutch Local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications sent by email will be disregarded.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/(...)rsity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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For information you can contact:

  • Dr. Marcos H. D. Guimaraes, if you are interested in joining, or have any questions, m.h.guimaraes@rug.nl

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PhD positions on legal aspects of the hydrogen economy

 The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Law (https://www.rug.nl/rechten/) is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty of law with both high-quality education and research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of The Netherlands.

The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and research, benefitting society. With more than 4000 students and 350 staff the faculty is heavily involved in educating students, both Dutch and international. The faculty is a modern, broad and international institution, educating students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent lawyers.

All PhD students participate in the Groningen Graduate School of Law (GGSL - https://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-law/). The GGSL organizes the education of Research Master students and PhD students in the Faculty of Law. The inspiring and stimulating research environment is evidenced by the last external research audit in 2017 that judged research of the faculty of outstanding quality and praised the GGSL for the way in which PhD students are supported and supervised from the start till the very end of the PhD.

THERESA project - HORIZON TMA MSCA DOCTORAL NETWORKS
THERESA is a project that integrates a consortium of universities made up of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain (coordinator), the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the Eastern University of Finland. The three universities stand out for having Research Centres in the field of energy, environmental and sustainability law with a proven track record in these areas. Thanks to the long-standing collaboration between the three universities, THERESA DN proposes the first European doctoral programme for legal specialists in the field of the hydrogen economy. In the context of climate emergency and the socio-ecological transition of the Anthropocene, Green hydrogen is a promising energy carrier to facilitate the transition to an energy system based on renewable energies. Hydrogen can replace natural gas as a feedstock and help fossil-based economic sectors for which electrification is not possible, or excessively burdensome, to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the development of a hydrogen market is characterized by uncertainties and associated economic, societal and environmental risks. The few existing scholarly legal studies on this subject matter highlight the fragmentation of the regulatory framework applying to hydrogen. THERESA combines the focus on three specific themes of regulatory intervention in the hydrogen economy – 1) reducing sectoral fragmentation to spur socio-environmental sustainability; 2) enabling sustainable circular use of hydrogen; and 3) societal engagement in the hydrogen economy – with three methodological approaches – doctrinal constructivism, empirical legal research and legal comparativism – to advance legal knowledge and form the doctoral experts needed to contribute to the development of a hydrogen economy. THERESA encompasses a fully-fledged training programme offering substantive, theoretical, methodological, and transferable skills to Doctoral Candidates.

The findings of the other (PhD) researchers involved in this project are relevant for the legal research and, vice versa, the PhD candidate will need to explain intermediate results to the other researchers on a continuous basis.

The two PhD candidates hired under the leadership of the University of Groningen concerns the following aspects:

Project description:

1. Individual research project: “Citizen Empowerment in the Hydrogen Economy”

As part of the energy transition towards a low-carbon society, the shift to the production and use of hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas is simultaneously a technological, economic and social challenge. While the societal dimension of the energy transition recently gained attention in political and scientific debates, societal implications remain understudied for the specific case of hydrogen as discussion mainly focuses on the market. One of the core topics of the societal dimension of the energy transition in general, and thus also of the production and use of hydrogen, is the involvement of citizens. In order to explore governance structures which facilitate the participation of citizens in the development, production and use of hydrogen, this project focuses on two main dimensions of citizen empowerment. First, citizen empowerment can take place by means of procedural participation, i.e. public participation in decision-making. In this context, the project aims at unveiling what participatory frameworks best fit public preferences about partaking in decision-making in the hydrogen transition. While legal frameworks in the European Union have a common denominator formed by the Aarhus Convention 1998, national practices might differ. In this context, this project will combine the legal comparison of frameworks and practices in selected EU Member States with longitudinal studies on public preferences. The combination of these methods proves well suited to reveal synergies and mismatches between what the law prescribes and what people prefer. This will allow proposing strategies to enhance synergies and bypass mismatches to facilitate the societal dimension of the hydrogen transition. Second, citizen empowerment can take place by means of (joint) ownership and/or financial participation, for example via energy communities. Energy communities are conceptualised as a promising way to facilitate procedural and distributive justice in the energy sector. Fulfilling this potential, the legal framework needs to specify the governance, the activities, and the purpose of energy communities. So far, the focus of this exercise has been on the case of energy communities in the electricity sector. While this provides a basis for understanding the potential of energy communities for the empowerment of citizens in the energy sector from a legal perspective, it is further necessary to explore whether and how the concept of energy communities can be applied to the case of hydrogen projects. Existing research on legal frameworks for energy communities and real-life cases of energy communities can provide an overview of legal options and obstacles of citizen empowerment via energy communities. This overview can inform the design of a legal framework for energy communities in the context of the hydrogen transition. Together, the insights generated from this project will help foster scientific knowledge on citizen engagement and guide practitioners, civil servants and market players, working on the hydrogen transition.

2. Individual research project: “Hydrogen for a Sustainable Mobility”

The transport sector represents a quarter of Europe's total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and the international maritime sector is not even included in that count. `Greening` the transport sector is, hence, the next immediate frontier of EU policy– and `green´ hydrogen can play an essential role in this process, according to the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the `Fit for 55´-package, which are both part of the ‘European Green Deal’. The EU Hydrogen Strategy foresees the usage of ‘green’ hydrogen as a fuel primarily in the context of powertrains in heavy-duty vehicles, such as trucks, buses, ships and aircrafts. These vehicles are difficult to run on electricity and hydrogen is seen as a short- to mid-term solution. This, in turn, also affects the need for the development of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. Hydrogen refuelling stations will be needed for the uptake of hydrogen in road-traffic (which accounts for about 70% of GHG-emissions from the transport sector) to refuel hydrogen buses, trucks and (at smaller scale) cars. Besides the need for infrastructure, the fuels as such must change and `green´ hydrogen as a sustainable transport fuel is being promoted by (inter alia) the Fuel Quality Directive and the Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (DAFI), as well as recent initiatives of 2021 under the `Fit for 55`-package, which aim particularly at aircrafts and ships. These are the revision to the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive to ensure aircraft and ships have access to clean energy supply in major ports and airports and other initiatives like ReFuelAviation and FuelEUMaritime, which outline more broadly how `green´ hydrogen can play a key role in future aviation and shipping. The project, hence, focusses on the identification of legal barriers in three areas of the transport sector: aviation, fuelling stations and shipping, as most immediate possibilities for hydrogen application in the transport sector. It will evaluate current and future legal initiatives and make suggestions for how these splintered approaches and initiatives could be streamlined and made more efficient. Moreover, it will present recommendations on how these transport sector activities in hydrogen can be better coupled to the legislative frameworks of other sectors, mainly energy and buildings, to achieve deep legal system integration. Given that EU transport legislation only provides a framework for Member States, the project will then also assess the transposition of the EU`s legal framework with a view to hydrogen in transport in the three Member States with the highest total GHG-emissions from the transport sector (Germany, France and Italy), by replying to functional legal comparative methodology. The project appraises the individual national legal frameworks for their ability to support hydrogen use in aviation, fuelling stations and shipping. By means of qualitative empirical methodology, based on semi-structured interviews, stakeholders from different transport sectors in different countries will provide deeper insights about the experienced legal barriers and possible solutions. The result shall be a distillate of legal best practices for hydrogen use in the transport sector. Overall, the project will help overcome legal barriers to a better integration of `green´ hydrogen in the transport sector in three ways: first it will make suggestions for streamlining legal initiatives in the EU, second it will make suggestions for an improved deep legal system integration of legislation affecting hydrogen in the transport sector with legislation of other sectors of hydrogen-application and third, it will uncover national best practices for hydrogen use in the transport sector and make them more easily accessible.

Qualifications

We expect the candidate to have:

● completed or be close to completing a Master's degree in law
● ability to analyse and apply the relevant international, European and national regulatory framework of energy law, in connection with other environmental and social regulatory and policy aspects
● independence and availability to travel and settle in the countries of the universities participating in the project and to carry out international academic activities
● ability to understand and communicate in the language(s) relevant to the proposed doctoral research project
● eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation
● enthusiasm to work in an interdisciplinary research team
● demonstrable competences as conceptual capacity, presenting, monitoring, planning and organizing
● good social and communication skills
● excellent command of English and academic writing skills.

CANDIDATES MUST ALSO MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

● be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers
● be of any nationality, but not having resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host institution of the position they are applying to for more than 1 year in the past 3 years
● have not yet been awarded a PhD degree.

Organisation

Conditions of employment

We offer you, following the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,960 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the third and final year for a full-time working week. Additional (family) allowances can be applicable depending on specific circumstances, in accordance with Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) conditions. The 30% tax scheme for extraterritorial costs may be applicable
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for three years; Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of 18 months with the option of renewal for another 18 months. Prolongation of the appointment is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the appointment period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Law.

Envisaged starting date: May 2023

Application

The application should include the following:

• a cover letter explaining your motivation for the position, and the preference between topic 1 (Citizen Empowerment in the Hydrogen Economy) and topic 2 (Hydrogen for a Sustainable Mobility)
• CV
• overview of grades and preferably writing samples (e.g. Master thesis)
• the names and contact details of two referees and an indication of whether we can contact them at this stage
• a 3-pagers explaining how you envisage to tackle the research.

Candidates admitted to the Interview stage will be required to submit a three pager on how they intend to tackle the research topic and give a short presentation at the beginning of the interview.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

You may apply for this position until 5 April 11:59pm / before 6 April 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The interviews for the position are scheduled for the week of second or third week of April 2023.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/(...)rsity-and-inclusion/
Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Lorenzo Squintani, Professor Energy Law, Groningen Centre of Energy Law & Sustainability, l.squintani@rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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TT Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education or Mathematics and Technology Education

 We are looking for an early-career academic who is interested to start a tenure track and who can strengthen our teaching and research in the field of mathematics education and/or mathematics and technology education in the context of higher education teaching and learning.

Mathematics education is primarily concerned with the theories, tools, methods, and approaches that facilitate the practice of mathematics and mathematical learning and teaching. As such, the field engages with questions related to mathematical literacy, mathematical thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking, instructional practices, embodied cognition, multimodality, inclusivity, as well as connections with other disciplinary areas, relation with technology and the affective domain.

As Assistant Professor you will:

  • set up and develop your own research line and research group
  • supervise PhD students
  • acquire external funding
  • promote the societal relevance of your research
  • teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programs of bachelor’s in Mathematics and the master’s program in Science Education and Communication
  • contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor 30% of your time is for teaching and education development, 60% for research and 10% for organizational tasks.

Organisation
Faculty of Science and Engineering
The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as biology, mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy, life sciences and nanoscience.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Institute for Science Education and Communication (ISEC) that aims to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education at the university level through research. This is done through explorative and intervention-based studies that include the development, implementation, and impact evaluation of curriculum materials, course design, pedagogical tools and instructional strategies as well as the use of digital tools in teaching and learning.

ISEC works closely with other institutes (e.g. Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence), Science LinX, research schools (e.g. Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health) institutes and units (e.g. Professionalisation and Innovation of Education, Science and Society, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) at the University of Groningen and it is affiliated with international organizations and associations (e.g., European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Young European Researchers in Mathematics Education, International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, European Science Education Research Association, National Association of Research in Science Teaching).

ISEC members are involved in teaching mainly in the two-year MSc-programme Science Education and Communication caters to students with a BSc in science, mathematics or engineering, and trains them to become either a science teacher in high school or a professional in the broad field of science communication. Depending on expertise, team members teach in Bachelor’s program as well, as for example, the three-year programme in Mathematics which is an international Bachelor’s degree programme which offers two specializations: General Mathematics & Probability and Statistics, which have a common first-year.

Qualifications

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities a full-time position as Assistant Professor in mathematics education in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science. We encourage you to apply if you have:

  • a PhD degree in Mathematics Education or related field (e.g. STEM education) with a focus on higher education mathematics and/or mathematics and technology
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics
  • demonstrably excellent skills in research methodologies relevant for studying mathematics learning and teaching in higher education: quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, practice-based research, participatory action research, or ethnography
  • a good track record in research, as shown by publications in international peer-reviewed journals and external research funding
  • a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
  • at least three years of relevant work experience at the university level after your PhD
  • a relevant international network and preferably international experience
  • demonstrable organizational competences
  • excellent command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

  • if not yet in possession, willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within five years
  • able to work well in an international, culturally diverse environment
  • a team player with good communication skills who is able to inspire students and colleagues
  • competent in using Dutch language or motivated to learn it within five years (B 1 level).

Organisation

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 60 months.
We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a tenure track position as Assistant Professor (0.8-1.0 FTE)
  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,974 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 6,181 gross per month (salary scale 12), depending on your career stage for a full-time position
  • an attractive starting package, including a PhD position
  • holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
  • a pension scheme
  • maternity and parental leave
  • the possibility to work part-time (0.8 – 0.9 FTE)
  • a personal development trajectory and a mentor program
  • dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/(...)with-us/that-is-why/

As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g. prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor. After another 4 to 7 years you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/(...)ce-edition-4?lang=en

Application

You may apply for this position until 6 April 11:59pm / before 7 April 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

  • a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying for this position (2 pages)
  • a research statement that includes plans and ideas for future research including grant applications (2 pages)
  • a teaching statement that outlines your teaching philosophy (2 pages)
  • a full curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, external funding, taught courses
  • names and contact details of 3 referees.

The selection interviews will take place before the end of May and starting date is as soon as possible following the outcomes of the selection procedures.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/(...)rsity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

Apply

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