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Categories (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2021/03/20 - 2021/05/01
Link https://www.ru.nl/english/working-at/vacature/details-vacature/?recid=1145243&pad=%2fenglish&doel=embed&taal=uk
Address Radboud University, Nijmegen
Geolocation 51° 49' 19", 5° 51' 50"
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Submission deadline 2021/05/01
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Tweet JOB: PhD Position @Radboud_Uni on the digitalisation of medical consultation and professional practice in a collaborative project of @ihub_ru starting September 2021. Deadline for applications: 1st May 2021
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  • PhD Position: The Digitalisation of Medical Consultation and Professional Practice
  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 3,061
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Required background: Research University Degree
  • Duration of the contract: 4 or 5 years
  • Application deadline: 1 May 2021

We are looking for

As a PhD candidate you will write a PhD thesis on the digitalisation of medical consultation and professional practice in a collaborative project of the Centre for Language Studies and the interdisciplinary RU iHub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance, starting September 2021. Additionally, you will participate in the Graduate School for the Humanities, which includes taking courses for approximately six months and providing six months of academic service to the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University, during which you can prepare yourself for a career after your PhD.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of e-health instruments such as video consultation and health apps has suddenly become common practice in many health settings. This has major implications for medical professional practices that have hardly been investigated. The majority of health professionals lack training in the digitalisation of medical consultation and out of sheer necessity rely on learning on the job. Therefore, research on the digitalisation of medical consultation is urgent if we are to understand medical, professional practices, medical authority and medical communication today and to guide professionals. The aim of this project is twofold. First, this project examines in depth how video technology and use of e-health apps (e.g. patient-generated data) affect medical interactions and thus professional practices. We analyse a multimodal dataset of up to 40 remote video consultations with patients and health professionals using a combination of ethnographic and micro-analytic approaches (conversation analysis and interviews). Second, findings on the digitalisation of medical consultation are used to develop training workshops inspired by a renowned training concept (CARM). By combining communication/ discourse studies (CLS) with organisational studies (the second PhD supervisor is affiliated with the Faculty of Management), this project fulfils the aim of the iHub to enhance interdisciplinary research on digital transformations. Collaboration has been established with Sint Maartenskliniek and two general practices, where video consultation and health apps are used on a daily basis.
The project will be supervised by Wyke Stommel (CLS, Fac. of Arts), Berber Pas (iHub, Fac. of Management), and Wilbert Spooren (CLS, Fac. of Arts).


We ask


  • You should hold a Master's degree (or expect to complete your degree before September 2021; preferably a Research Master's degree) in linguistics, communication sciences, social sciences (e.g. business administration), health sciences, or other relevant discipline.
  • You are trained in qualitative research methods, preferably interview techniques and conversation analysis.
  • You are result-oriented, capable to manage a research project and able to establish and maintain contacts in the field (e.g. with medical professionals).
  • You are fluent in both Dutch and English, and have excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrable research experience (publications, presentations) will be considered an advantage.
  • Demonstrable social competence and experience with the development of training for professionals will also be considered an advantage.


We are

The Faculty of Arts employs over 500 academic and support staff in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, linguistics and communication. Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). The faculty currently enrols some 2,400 students in three departments: the department of History, Art History and Classics, the department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the department of Language and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff. As a PhD, you will also be affiliated with (and stationed at) the iHub - Radboud University's new interdisciplinary research hub on security, privacy and data governance. Ihub brings together a diverse range of scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, engineering and natural sciences to tackle urgent questions raised by the increased digitalisation and datafication of science and society.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


We offer

  • Employment: 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • Your education task may be up to 10% of your appointment.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
W. Stommel, Assistant Professor and daily PhD Supervisor
Email: wyke.stommel@ru.nl 

W. Spooren, Professor and PhD Supervisor
Email: w.spooren@let.ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to W. Stommel and submit it, using the application button, no later than 1 May 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.
  • Transcript of records of BA and MA degrees.
  • Writing sample (preferably a scientific article; alternatively, an extended abstract of your thesis).

The first round of interviews will take place on 7, 8 or 10 June 2021.