PhD Position Calibrating Inclusive Sporting Encounters

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in social sciences. The funds for this position are available for four years. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

For the Calibrating Inclusive Sporting Encounters project, we are looking for a talented PhD candidate

For the "Calibrating Inclusive Sporting Encounters" project, we are looking for a talented PhD candidate who is interested in analyzing quantitative and qualitative data with the aim to enable more people in vulnerable positions to participate in sports. The appointment commences on 1 February 2020. This project is part of the ZonMw (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) research program Sport and Movement 2018.

The aim of the project is to bring a wide range of organizational structures and professional working methods into alignment or, in other words, to "calibrate" them so that organization networks and front-line professionals can make sports activities more accessible to people in vulnerable positions.

More specifically, this PhD research project revolves around generating in-depth insight into the sports and movement patterns of residents in selected living labs, their motivation and the obstacles they encounter, and outcomes in terms of confidence, motivation and social capital. This will be studied using surveys and secondary analyses of the available databases. In addition, the PhD candidate will use innovative technology to generate an understanding of the specific needs and requirements of vulnerable groups. Based on this information, a method will be devised to enable end users and professionals to develop new and inclusive ways for people to participate in sports. This PhD position is a joint appointment at both Utrecht University (the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning) and Eindhoven University of Technology (Department of Industrial Design).

The research will be carried out in two so-called "living labs". This is a user-based research method for developing, validating and refining complex solutions in existing situations. We can use the living labs to improve collaboration processes and to generate insight into the practical application of tools by front-line workers and their organizations. In this way, the project will stimulate people in vulnerable positions to participate in sports more actively.

You will be appointed by the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning (UU) and the Department of Industrial Design (TU/e). The project involves working alongside researchers from Utrecht University School of Governance, the Move to Be research group (School of Sports Studies, Fontys University of Applied Sciences) and the Participation and Urban Development research group (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences). To maximize societal impact, the research team is also working with the following local and national social partners: FC Utrecht soccer club, PSV Foundation, Municipality of Utrecht, Municipality of Eindhoven, SportUtrecht, Life Goals Foundation, InnoSportLab Sport and Movement, and the Association of Sport and Municipalities.

– Developing the project proposal on the basis of academic literature; – Designing research instruments such as questionnaires and interview guidelines, and gathering information using these instruments – Developing and applying innovative technology in order to gather individual information from end users about their behavior and requirements – Analyzing (i) the data you gather yourself, and (ii) secondary data – Translating information based on these data into input for co-design sessions with people in vulnerable positions and front-line professionals such as local sports coaches and community workers – Preparing and overseeing co-design sessions; – Writing articles for academic (English) and practical (Dutch) purposes; – Giving presentations at Dutch and international conferences; – Teaching duties within the Department of Human Geography and Social Planning (Utrecht University) and the Department of Industrial Design (TU/e) (max. 0.1 FTE/year). - A Master's degree (completed or near completion) in social sciences, human geography, industrial design, psychology (or a related subject);

– Knowledge of, affinity with and experience in gathering quantitative and qualitative research data; - Knowledge of, affinity with and experience in analyzing quantitative and qualitative research data; – Design-based working and prototype experience is an advantage; – Keen interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to explore this further; – Social skills matching the unique character of working with vulnerable groups; – Skills in writing academic papers (evident from individual Bachelor’s thesis, Master’s thesis and/or other publications); – Excellent Dutch and English language skills; – The ability to make independent decisions, and develop, implement and complete plans satisfactorily within the framework of the project and the given time frame; – A proactive attitude; – An open, flexible personality with good contact and communication skills, someone who enjoys working in a team. The appointment is for 1 FTE for a period of four years, divided into a 0.5 FTE appointment at Utrecht University and a 0.5 FTE appointment at TU/e.

The salary will be 2.325 in the first year, rising to 2.972 gross per month in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities), assuming a full-time position.

You will also receive 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. In addition, Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology offer an attractive employment package, which includes the option of achieving a proper balance between work and private life (generous leave regulations), development opportunities and an excellent pension scheme.

This PhD position concerns an appointment with both Utrecht University (Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning) and Eindhoven University of Technology (Department of Industrial Design).

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities, and how to accelerate sustainability transitions of cities and infrastructures. Research on these topics takes place within our research program "Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities".

Our research programme is the basis for our Research Master’s Human Geography and Geographical Information Management and Applications and Professional Master’s in Spatial Planning, Human Geography and International Development Studies. The Department also runs a large and highly appreciated Bachelor’s programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates. Unique characteristics of the Department are a special team focusing on innovations within teaching methods, its strong involvement in the transdisciplinary sustainability research theme and professional consultancy for public partners.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, is one of Europe’s leading research universities. The Eindhoven area, in the southern part of the Netherlands, is one of Europe’s top ‘innovation ecosystems’, with many high-tech companies and institutes. TU/e works closely with many of these companies and institutes, and research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence and industrial relevance.

The Department of Industrial Design (ID) of the TU/e, founded in 2001, is a rapidly growing and dynamic department with over 600 students, both Bachelor’s and Master’s, and around 80 research staff members and about 60 lecturers and support staff. ID focuses on intelligent products, systems, and related services in a societal context.

Additional information is available from Professor Dick Ettema (d.f.ettema[at] at Utrecht University or Professor Steven Vos (s.vos[at] at Eindhoven University of Technology.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before 5 January 2020. You can apply by pressing the "apply for this job" button for this vacancy.

Please note that a maximum of 1 document of 10 MB can be uploaded. Applications per e-mail are not accepted. Please submit your application only to UU or only to TU/e, there is no need to submit your application to both universities. After the closing date, UU and TU/e will share all submitted applications with each other, as part of the selection procedure. The selection committee will consist of representatives from both universities.


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