Postdoctoral Researcher in Linguistics, Education – Multi-STEM project

Utrecht University (UU)

The Netherlands

The Department Development & Education of Youth in Diverse Societies external link of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences external link is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral Researcher for the Multi-STEM project, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: 2,838 to 4,474 Euro/Month

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Department Development & Education of Youth in Diverse Societies
Utrecht University (UU)

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Qualification Details

You are 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;
  • good communication skills in English and in Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch within a year);
  • 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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The core idea of pedagogical translanguaging is that students’ home languages (other than the language of instruction) are used as resources for participation in education. The Multi-STEM project studies this idea in mathematics, science, or technology (STEM) education, where Dutch is the language of instruction. Using design-based implementation research, multilingual strategies will be developed, implemented and evaluated in collaboration with stakeholders (teachers, museum professionals, parents, children). 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 collaborate with three PhD candidates. While the PhD projects focus on pedagogical translanguaging in and across school, science museums, and home contexts, the postdoc will conceptualize pedagogical translanguaging as a form of boundary crossing. The theoretical framework of boundary crossing allows for the identification of learning mechanisms as well as the conditions under which they occur. 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 this 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.

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Documents Required

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. Please also include contact information for two professional references in your CV.

In connection with the current measures regarding Covid-19, the conversations will possibly take place online.

The procedure consists of two rounds of interviews:

  • The first interview is scheduled to take place on November 9, 2021.
  • The second interview, if necessary, is scheduled to take place on November 23, 2021.

About the 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.

About the Department

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences  external link is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 6.000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.

About the Employer: Utrecht University (UU)

Note or Other details

We offer a temporary position (0.7 FTE) for 5 years. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,838 and €4,474 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment.

The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8%, and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. We offer flexible employment conditions  external linkand terms of employment to support a good work – life balance of our employees. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University 

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact Elma Blom  external link(Professor) by email:  external link.

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