Project title Research on qualitative research
This project focuses on investigating the rigor and verifiability of qualitative research in the social sciences. The project fits within the research program of Department of Methods and Statistics at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) which is dedicated to researching the quality of research practices (meta-research).
The employment is primarily dedicated towards carrying out the proposed research described below, with the aim to write several academic articles that are published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and together form the dissertation. The position also involves contributions to teaching. The position and the environment in which the candidate will be embedded provide an optimal starting point for a possible academic career.
How verifiable are qualitative research findings? Many fundamental and applied disciplines recognize qualitative research as indispensable for learning about people’s experiences, beliefs, interactions, and behaviors in a natural setting. Findings from qualitative studies inform evidence-based knowledge that may affect policy decisions. It is thus vital that the quality of the findings is guaranteed. To this purpose qualitative research findings should be verifiable, i.e. findings need to be consistent and should be repeatable. To learn about the verifiability of qualitative research findings, we must study the scientific rigor in qualitative research practice empirically.
The project investigates these above issues with a mixed-methods meta-scientific approach in which we 1) compare quality-criteria checklists for qualitative research, 2) map methodological characteristics of qualitative research studies in various social science fields through quantitative content analysis, and 3) do an in-depth study of purposively selected studies from our initial sample to compare actual research practices to what formal checklists recommend.
Eventually, we seek to provide guidelines about which verification strategies work best in which research situations.
The candidate should be strongly interested in studying methodological aspects of empirical research practices in the social or behavioral sciences.
The project requires that the candidate has a good working knowledge of qualitative research methods and multivariate statistical analysis. Experience with performing qualitative research as demonstrated in professional or academic publications is an advantage.
Furthermore, the candidate should have (nearly) completed a (Research) Master’s degree in one of the social or behavioral disciplines with excellent academic results for subjects on research methodology.
Excellent command of English and good academic writing skills are expected.
Terms of employment
The PhD candidate will be employed by Tilburg University, which is among the top Dutch employers and has an excellent policy concerning terms of employment. The collective employment terms and conditions for Dutch universities will apply.
We offer a full-time position (fte). Initially the appointment will be on a temporary basis for the period of 1 year. After a positive first year evaluation the contract will be prolonged for 3 years. A contract of 0.8 fte with a longer period of appointment is possible.
The gross salary for the PhD position amounts to € 2.395 per month in the first year, rising to € 3.061 per month in the fourth year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week).
A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually).
Additional information and applications
More information about Tilburg University and Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can be found on: www.tilburguniversity.edu/nl/.
For more information regarding this position and the project you can contact the following persons within the Department of Methodology and Statistics: dr. John Gelissen (tel. 06-22555828 or e-mail email@example.com) and dr. Guy Moors (firstname.lastname@example.org). The telephone number of the secretary is 013-4663687.
Applications with letter of motivation, grade transcripts and CV should be sent, only using by the link below, to Wietske van Zwol MSc, Managing Director School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands, before August 15. Starting date in agreement between September 1st 2021 and Januari 1st 2022.
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) is a modern, specialized university.
The teaching and research of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are organized around the themes of Health, Organization, and Relations between State, Citizen, and Society. The faculty’s inspiring working environment challenges its workers to realize their ambitions; involvement and cooperation are essential to achieve this.
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Methodology and Statistics
The Department of Methodology and Statistics is part of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University and responsible for the teaching and the research in the area of methodology and statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. The department is a member of the national graduate school Interuniversity Graduate School for Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS).
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