Postdoctoral Researcher Position in ‘Health-AI’ University of Amsterdam

The Department of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher who will work within the research project HEALTH-AI, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant.

The HEALTH_AI project empirically investigates how medical experts collaborate with algorithms. Together with their team (consisting of the Principal Investigator, 2 PhDs, an assistant and the Postdoctoral researcher), they will study a multi-sited ethnography of a currently evolving revolution in global health systems: big data/AI-informed national health governance. Nevetheless, they are interested in how medical experts collaborate with computer systems.


Among other things, the candidate will perform the following activities:

  • conducting fieldwork in China and the UK;
  • co-developing a methodological toolkit, drawing on literature review and consultations with methods experts across disciplines;
  • engage in critical dialogues with fellow team members and contribute to theoretical innovations and data analysis of the larger project;
  • writing single-authored and/or co-authored articles. The minimum requirement per year is one single-authored paper in a peer-reviewed journal and/or one co-authored paper with a fellow team member or with scholars in a relevant field;
  • participating in and helping to organize conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities;
  • contribute to popular dissemination of the research results, and undertake administrative tasks related to the project;
  • be based in the Netherlands and take an active part in the research environment at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research;
  • potentially: additional teaching tasks, but only upon availability and agreed upon in mutual consultation.

Duration: 36 months


  • Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3974 and a maximum salary of €5439 gross per month
  • Additionally, they offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
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Job Requirements

Applicants are to possess the following qualifications:

  • a PhD degree (or finalizing within the first months of the postdoctoral job, with a fixed completion date) in human geography, anthropology, STS, or other relevant social science;
  • relevant ethnographic research experience in China, preferably in the realm of public health;
  • interest in ethnographic research methods and methodological innovation;
  • outstanding qualitative research qualities;
  • excellent competencies in theories in human decision-making in the realm of public health as well as publications in (inter-) national peer-reviewed journals
  • excellent proficiency in written and spoken English and Mandarin Chinese;
  • an independent work attitude and ability and interest to work in a team;
  • willingness to travel abroad for research stays, conferences, and project-related workshops;
  • strong organizational skills;
  • affinity with coding and programming.

Application Process

Interested applicants are welcome to send the following documents alongside their applications:

  • a full academic CV, including a list of publications;
  • a letter stating their motivation for this position and how they can contribute to the project (not longer than 1 to 2 pages);
  • a research statement (maximum 1,000 words) outlining the candidate’s own vision on human/nonhuman collaboration (decisionmaking) in public health;
  • a writing sample (preferably a published academic paper);
  • contact information for two academic references.

Deadline: February 05, 2023.

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