Netherlands: Post-doctoral researcher in educational science & technology

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The Learning and Cognition program of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) studies the cognitive and social processes underlying learning. The work is dedicated to: developing theories for the design and development of effective and efficient learning situations and environments for formal and lifelong learning (Research); exploring, co-developing and testing innovations to foster that learning (Laboratories); and making the knowledge, skills and tools available to others (Solutions). Research projects are use-inspired, directed to scientific theory development, and application-oriented.

Job description Post-doctoral researcher
Financed by the FES-Learning programme, the postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for carrying out the research project:
Sex differences in navigation through hypertext learning environments.
Hypertext learning environments allow learners to actively construct knowledge and achieve skills with the support of just-in-time, non-linear access to information. These environments are often used for inquiry-based learning, discovery learning, webquests, and so forth. At the same time these environments are known to cause disorientation and cognitive overload which hampers learning. The graphic-organisers and navigation techniques commonly used to assist learners in navigating through the environments have been shown to have differential learning effects on, for example low- and high-expertise learners. This may also be the case for males and females since it is well known that sex differences exist with respect to spatial navigation. This project focuses on the interaction between the graphic-organisers used as navigation techniques in hypertext learning environments and sex differences. It will provide insight and guidelines for optimally tailoring the navigation within hypertext environments of boys and girls.


PhD in a relevant field (e.g., educational sciences, learning sciences, educational technology, educational psychology, cognitive psychology, workplace learning, cognitive neuroscience, AI/Agent technology).
Good organisational and communication skills (Dutch and English).

What CELSTEC offers
CELSTEC offers you a position with room to develop yourself both intellectually and academically. You will closely collaborate with colleagues from many nations and many different specialisations ranging from instructional design to mobile technologies, have available a state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and enjoy the freedom to explore your own boundaries within the framework of the research, development and solutions policy of CELSTEC and the Open University.

Conditions of employment

The maximum salary for a permanent and full-time position is € 4.374,- gross per month conform VSNU standards and depending upon your qualifications and experience.

The Open University offers flexible working conditions and good secondary benefits such as training, mobility, part-time employment and paid parental leave.

Contract type


0,8 fte for two years


Open University

The Open University (Open Universiteit) is a leader in the application of new learning technologies and educational concepts,  both in its own right and through collaboration with partners.  A key concept is competency-based lifelong learning in a virtual learning environment, which is flexible, personalised and of high quality. The Open University has 29.000 students and some 750 staff members. The headquarters are in Heerlen in the South of the Netherlands; 12 study centres and 3 service centres are spread across the country.


The Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC)

The Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) is a Centre of Excellence in the fields of Learning Sciences and Technology Enhanced Learning. CELSTEC aims to research, develop and provide sustainable and evidence-based solutions for the advancement of learning at work, at school, at home and on the move. This is accomplished by combining state-of-the-art research in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new media, mobile devices and the Internet. New solutions are extensively tested in our laboratories and in real practice, following the principles of open innovation. CELSTEC has got four programs: LEARNING & COGNITION, LEARNING NETWORKS and LEARNING MEDIA. It also runs a SCHOOL OF EDUCATION. In 2008 CELSTEC’s research programmes received the highest average score of all educational research programmes in the Netherlands. It has about 100 fte of staff. Under its former name “OTEC” (Dutch abbreviation of Educational Technology Expertise Centre), the institute gained worldwide recognition as a successful centre for research and innovation in the field. The history of the institute goes back to the early 1980’s.

Additional information

For more information contact Mr. prof. dr. P. Kirschner, e-mail tel. 045-5762361.

For additional information on CELSTEC or the Open University, please contact Mrs. dr. J. Boon, e-mail and visit the website

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