Multilingual voices in STEM Education (Multi-STEM) Postdoctoral Position in the Netherlands

The faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences seeks an enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral Researcher for the Multi-STEM project.

The Multi-STEM project is a joint research project of Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, and Hogeschool iPabo, which aims to promote the participation of multilingual children in education: both in Science & Technology and Mathematics.

The aim of the Multi-STEM project is to understand how these multilingual strategies can promote migrant children’s STEM participation (achievement and inclusion) in and across formal, non-formal, and informal learning.

The postdoc will conduct a longitudinal study focusing on the mechanisms and processes involved in the use of home languages across formal (school), non-formal (science museum), and informal (home) contexts.

More specifically, the objectives of the MULTI_STEM postdoc project are to:

  • determine teachers’ and parents’ attitudes towards translanguaging;
  • investigate interactions between non-formal and informal learning settings and the role of translanguaging strategies therein;
  • identify the mechanisms and processes involved in migrant (and other) children’s participation across formal, non-formal, informal settings and articulate the role of translanguaging strategies therein;
  • develop a theoretical framework for pedagogical translanguaging as a form of boundary crossing.

Duration: A full-time employment for 5 years.

Starting Date: February 1, 2022.


The Multi-STEM postdoc position incudes

  • A gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €2,838 and €4,474
  • Annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
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Job Requirements

Applicant to the Multi-STEM postdoc position must be an enthusiastic and motivated researcher with: 

  • a PhD degree in one of the following or neighboring disciplines: Multilingualism, bilingual education, boundary crossing across learning contexts, parent involvement in education;
  • knowledge of translanguaging and/or boundary crossing;
  • affinity with methodology (e.g., design research, research–practice partnerships);
  • affinity with science, technology, or mathematics at the primary school level;
  • good communication skills in English and in Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch within a year).

Application Process

Applications to the Multi-STEM postdoc position must include;

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter discussing applicants interests about this position; and
  • contact information of two professional references.

To apply for the Multi-STEM postdoc position, click here.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2021.

For more information about the Multi-STEM postdoc position, visit the official site.

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