Netherlands: Postdoc / senior researcher Digital Identities

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Development of theoretical concepts and
analytical tools for the study of digital identities and IDM systems,
translation of results into viable value sensitive design principles
and projects in cooperation with professional fields.

– Contributing to overall conceptual framework

– Description and analysis of relevant national and European policy and legal context

– Providing input/feedback to DigIDeas’ PhD projects

– Translation of research results for development of value sensitive IDM design projects with external professional partners

– Assisting in organisation of international workshops

– (Co-) production academic publications and other dissemination activities

– Contribute to minor ‘digital identities’ and other occasional teaching activities.


– a completed or nearly
completed PhD in a relevant field (e.g. science and technology studies;
philosophy, ethics, or sociology of technology; media studies; law and
– appropriate communication, writing and editing skills, at least in English, preferably in Dutch as well

– ability to bridge divides between humanities or social science and technical engineering perspectives

– ability to work independently and as a member of a research team

– preferably experience with projects beyond the boundaries of academia

Additional information about the job:
The position is part of an exciting and prestigious 5-year project,
generously funded by the European Research Council as part of the 7th
Framework Ideas Programme, called : DigIDeas: Social and Ethical
Aspects of Digital Identities. Towards a Value Sensitive Identity
The overall aims of this project are to increase understanding
and awareness of the social and ethical aspects of digital identity
management (IDM), and to contribute to the quality and social and
ethical acceptability of technological developments. The project will
achieve these goals by bringing recent insights gained from several
disciplines – social studies of science and technology, surveillance
studies, philosophy (social philosophy and philosophy of technology)
and computer ethics – to bear on actual developments in digital
identity management, thus exploring novel ways to identify and
articulate the issues concerned. With a series of interdisciplinary
studies focussing on different application areas of IDM, we intend to
produce more fine-grained knowledge of the ways IDM is implicated in
contemporary transformations of identity. The programme will involve
three complementary PhD projects, and one integrative postdoc project,
thus achieving a strong concentration of groundbreaking knowledge on a
set of fast emerging intellectual and societal problems.
All project members will have clearly defined individual research
projects, as well as cooperate as team members and contribute to
DigIDeas’ overall project goals. Excursions into other ongoing
(international) research projects and activities (Can SSHRCC, EC-FP7)
are possible, and generous travel budgets are available.

The Infonomics and New Media Research Centre is a young
interdisciplinary research unit at Zuyd University, Maastricht/Heerlen,
led by dr. Irma van der Ploeg, and currently employing 10
people. Its research agenda is focussed on four themes: digital
identities, ubiquitous computing, user centered and value sensitive
design, and new communication concepts. With our current project
portfolio we operate in national, European (FP7), and international
networks of knowledge institutions and stakeholder organisations.


Zuyd University

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 3500 – 4000
Salaryscale 11.
Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 4162
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 5-year full time position (1 year trial period)
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional conditions of employment:
a gross salary between min. € 3029,- max. € 4162,- depending on experience and education, in accordance with CAO-HBO – 11.

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr. Irma van der Ploeg
Telephone number: +31 +45 4000540/522
E-mail address:
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 15-09-2008 by sending your application to:

INM – Zuyd University
Marina Beckers
Nieuw Eyckholt 290A
6419 DJ Heerlen
The Netherlands
E-mail address:

Closing date 15th September – interviews are planned in week 39.

Applicants are asked to send:

– Letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position.

– Curriculum Vitae

– Writing specimen in english (academic publication, chapter Master’s thesis, etc.)

– (After reading the project description, available on request) 2 A4 of preliminary ideas about the project applied for

Please make sure to clearly indicate the relevant vacancy number.

Requests for information, including description of the DigIDeas project

and its sub-projects, can be obtained from Dr. Irma van der Ploeg at ; tel +31 +45 4000540/522

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT INM-SR-0803.


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