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PhD Position: Strategies for building data capacity

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    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/08/2021 01:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Delft


This fully funded PhD position is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN project entitled "ODECO: Towards a Sustainable Open Data ECOsystem" (see www.odeco-research.eu). ODECO is a four-year project involving 15 PhD projects covering each a specific part of the open data ecosystem. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystems.

Current developments in the field of open data are characterised as highly fragmented. Open data ecosystems are often developed in different domains in isolation of each other and with little involvement of potential users, resulting in approaches that significantly limit open data reusability for users. This reduces innovation and the ability to create new valued added goods and services. Isolated domains also undermine interoperability for users acting as a barrier to data sharing. Efforts are also uncoordinated in open data training and research, where multidisciplinary approaches are scant.

Bringing together different sectors (research, private sector, government, non-profit) and different perspectives (public administration, law, business, engineering), ODECO aims to address the central challenge of realizing a user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem. Through its novel research and training programme, ODECO will provide early stage researchers with relevant open data knowledge, skills and research experience.

The offered PhD position - ODECO ESR1 - is to raise data awareness and to build digital capacity to empower civil society in finding solutions and to take actions that improve their lives. By using participatory design methods to include a broader audience of non-specialist data users (e.g., citizens or civil servants) and connect them with data professionals, to co-create new public services, the ESR1 project aims to:

  1. Identify potentials and barriers of equal access to and data use
  2. Develop novel collaborative techniques and participatory methods to engage non-specialist data users constructively in co-creation with open data
  3. Examine the impact of participation in co-creative ‘data-sessions’, by conceptualising and assessing data literacy, empowerment, and reuse of data for the development of new public services
  4. Developing a set of practices and strategies for building data capacity and empowering civil society.

During the PhD, the candidate will conduct this research and prepare scientific articles presenting the research at conferences and in journals. To enable the candidate to do this successfully, TU Delft offers personal and professional training courses in the form of a graduate school, in which the candidate will participate (the fee is paid by the project and there are no additional costs for this). Furthermore, in addition to her/his scientific supervisors, the applicant will receive an independent senior researcher as mentor, to aid her/his personal career development.

As a Marie Curie ITN researcher, you will have the opportunity to conduct practical internships at world leading universities and case studies through the EU ITN network. The PhD candidate will be working at the Human-Centered Design Department (IDE faculty) and jointly supervised by dr. Ingrid Mulder (Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering) and prof. Marijn Janssen (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management) and co-supervised by dr. Rikke Magnussen (Aalborg University).

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TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. (www.tudelft.nl/phd)

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 29 August 2021 via the application button and upload:

  • A short cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a PhD as part of ODECO, including how you see the PhD fitting into your career trajectory
  • A CV, which should include details of your eligibility (degree and residency)
  • Diploma
  • Transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • A sample of writing, e.g., master thesis, scientific publications, professional or popular science writing
  • English language certificate(s)
  • 2–3 recommendation letters or contact details of references
  • Other information for consideration
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Selected candidates will be invited for online interviews.

The first round of interviews for ODECO ESR1 is scheduled on Friday 17 September 2021. The second round of interviews will probably take place between Monday 11 and Friday 22 October 2021.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Ingrid Mulder, Associate Professor, Human-Centered Design department, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, email: i.j.mulder@tudelft.nl using ODECO ESR1 as subject.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Ms. Amanda Klumpers-Nieuwpoort, HR Secretaresse Human-Centered Design, email: hr-hcd@tudelft.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

The TU Delft will recruit prospective talented researchers of any nationality, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation or age.

Since this PhD position is part of a Horizon Marie Curie ITN project, several hard selection criteria apply to be eligible:

  • You comply with the early-stage researcher definition: at the time of recruitment (January 2022), you must be in the first four years (full‐time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You comply with the mobility rule, meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (January 2022).
  • You are expected to be embedded for 2 to 3 months at other organizations in Denmark and the Netherlands in the consortium as part of placements and assignments; secondments.

In addition, you must have a master's degree in a relevant field within the social sciences (e.g., design, educational science, organisation science, public administration), or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the EU master's degree. Experience with (participatory) design research and qualitative research methods is expected while experience with quantitative research methods as well as the ability to run workshops, co-design activities and collaborate with various stakeholders are 'nice to have'. Proficiency in English is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Delft University of Technology
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 660805
Posting organisation offer ID: 302514


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