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PhD position - 'Social Networks in Research Institutes'
The Network Institute, one of the VU University of Amsterdam's
inter-faculty research institutes, is looking for a PhD student
conducting research on the topic of research collaboration within and
between research groups from a social network perspective. The study
aims to provide a better understanding of the manageability of research
in relation to scientific quality, innovation and social relevance.
Central questions concern the dynamics of the selection of research
projects, exchange of knowledge and the manner in which new product
development relates to knowledge and network activity. Research methods
employed will be a combination of social network analysis, web and
bibliometric analysis and interviews.
The research is directed at the collection of social network data,
bibliometric data and qualitative information on the collaboration
between groups in interdisciplinary research institutes. The aim of data
collection is to develop a (theoretical) model that can help in the
guidance of institutes that contain groups and individuals with
heterogeneous disciplinary background and are embedded in research
groups. Important is the assessment of the added value of cooperation
within and between research groups in reaching scientific and societal
Elements of the project
- Assess the added value of cooperation in research institutes according
to researchers and research group leaders.
- The manner in which the various forms cooperation -- as a consequence
of the role of institutes -influence various aspects of output such as
publications, applications and patents.
- The manner in which the structure and design of leadership roles in
institutes has an effect on lines of inquiry,
- Assessment of the interaction at the individual level in the form of
networks, the position of groups vis a vis each other and the
embeddedness in the scientific world employing bibliometric methods.
- Dynamics of collaboration in research environments.
Skills and background of PhD student
MSc or MPhilSocial sciences with a demonstrated interest in a selection
of science studies, science policy studies, organization and management
questions with experience with network research.
MSc in other fields with demonstrated interest in the problem area and
acquired skills in social science research.
The student will work in the department of Organization Science and will
be supervised by Prof. Dr. Peter van den Besselaar and Prof.dr.
P.Groenewegen, in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Prof.dr. J.A.
Akkermans in the Faculty of Exact Sciences.
You are invited to send your application, including motivation letter, a
curriculum vitae, the list of courses you have followed (with grades)
and the names and addresses of two referees before August 9, 2009 to:
VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, attn. Mrs. drs. M.
Karssen, Managing director, Metropolitan Building, De Boelelaan 1081-C,
NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, or via e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Please mention the vacancy number 1.2009.00216 at the top left of the
letter and envelope or in the e-mail header.
Assistant Professor - Department of Organization Science
Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Visiting address: Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan Building)
Phone: +31 20 59 82666
Fax: +31 20 59 86820
Email: [log in to unmask]
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