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PhD in Science Education (The Netherlands) Deadline: July 5, 2018

The Institute for Science Education and Communication,
Faculty of Science and Engineering

The University of Groningen

Application Deadline

July 5, 2018

Program Commencement

September 1, 2018

Duration of the Program

Four Years

Program Details

The University of Groningen founded in the year 1614 is a public research university in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. The various faculties of the university are housed in old and new buildings around the city of Groningen.

The PhD degree in Science Education offered by the Institute for Science Education and Communication, Faculty of Science and Engineering, is an opportunity for young researchers to undertake in-depth explorations of current research and theory in science teaching and learning across the spectrum of formal and informal education.

The successful candidate will work on a research study of their interest linked to the project “Students’ science identities and out-of-school science”, which focuses on research related to students’ science identities and explores the role of out-of-school settings in shaping their identities. Research in these areas includes, but is not limited to, topics related to science identity such as, career aspirations, identity negotiations, life histories and identity trajectories, equitable science, diversifying science, gender issues, out-of-school science, science communication etc.

The PhD student will receive a scholarship of € 2,099 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen for a period of four years starting from September 1, 2018. The candidate will contribute to the research of the Institute for Science Education and Communication and to the teaching in various graduate programs. A Career Perspectives curriculum is part of the training, which aims to prepare students for their (academic or non-academic) careers after the PhD trajectory.

Descriptions & Requirements

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Educational background and a recently completed Master’s Degree in any of the following fields:

  • Educational sciences, Science education, Natural sciences, Science communication, or a related field
  • Competence in research methods in the social sciences either quantitative or qualitative
  • Proven excellent oral and written English skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment

Application Process

To apply, click here.

The submission should contain the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Proposed research plan
  4. Contact information of two academic referees.

Review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Find more details of the PhD Scholarship Program here. For queries, contact Dr. Lucy Avraamidou, +31 503634189,

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