Postdoctoral Researcher, “NanoBubbles” at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, History

Applicants are invited to apply for a 4-year postdoctoral position within the “NanoBubbles” project at Maastricht University (UM).

The NanoBubbles ERC Synergy project’s objective is to understand how, when and why science fails to correct itself. The project’s focus is claims made within the field of nanobiology. Project members combine approaches from the natural sciences, computer science, and the social sciences and humanities (Science and Technology Studies) to understand how error correction in science works and what obstacles it faces. For this purpose, we aim to trace claims and corrections through various channels of scientific communication (journals, social media, advertisements, conference programs, etc.) via both qualitative and digital methods.


The successful candidate for the NanoBubbles position will perform the following task;

  • Help identify key communication channels within science (both past and present) where digital methods can be applied in tracing claims and counter-claims.
  • Coordinate OCRization of sources gathered by Maastricht University members of the project.
  • work with personnel at other NanoBubbles sites to maintain best practices for OCRization across the entire project.
  • Develop scripts using Python or R to interrogate the data, linking the diverse data sources to data gathered (throughout the NanoBubbles project).
  • Work closely with the NanoBubbles PhD candidate and co-PI at Maastricht University to meld historical, ethnographic, and digital approaches to the study of scientific conferences.
  • Work closely with NanoBubbles team members outside Maastricht (affiliated primarily with sociology, computer science, and library science).
  • Write and co-author academic publications together with other members of the team.
  • Plan and participate in team meetings as well as other project-based events and activities.
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Duration: 4 years.


  • € 3.807,00 gross per month, based on a fulltime appointment.
  • Annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
  • 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.

Job Requirements

Below are the requirements for the NanoBubbles research position:

  • A completed PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Digital Humanities, Sociology, History, or related field
  • Methodological experience in digital methods.
  • Experience with organizing workshops, lecture series, and/or similar events.
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by academic publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • A willingness to contribute proactively to the development of the NanoBubbles project.
  • Good skills in managing your time and your research activities.
  • Experience in teaching at the BA or MA level.

Application Process

The application for the NanoBubbles research position should include a;

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of their publications;
  • a brief cover letter discussing applicants interests about this position;
  • names and contact details of two referees.

To apply for the NanoBubbles research position, click here.

Application Deadline: October 04, 2021

For more information on the NanoBubbles research position, visit the official site.