PhD Training Coordinator
University of Twente


The Netherlands Graduate Research School for Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC, is looking for a PhD training coordinator, starting September 2020. The new coordinator will collaborate closely with a second coordinator (currently dr. Anne Beaulieu) and with the academic director. The coordinator positions are crucial for the success of WTMC, as providing training for a new generation of scholars in the field is one of the main tasks. WTMC currently has about 200 (junior and senior) members from all Dutch universities, of whom about 30 are engaged with the first phase of training, and are thus participating in the workshops and summer schools designed and run by the coordinators. The training programme attracts much attention from international participants, and from senior scholars wishing either to contribute to the programme or to learn from WTMC experiences in order to establish something similar in their own countries.

The coordinators:

  • prepare and co-chair two three-day workshops, one summer school, and two one-day dissertation days every year
  • create the programmes for the workshops and schools, including activities and skills training
  • invite and coach lecturers for the workshops and schools
  • create the summer school programme together with the anchor teacher
  • advise the director, the teaching committee and the board on all issues concerning the training programme
  • informally advise the PhD students during workshops and schools on addressing issues they may encounter during the PhD trajectory

Your profile

The new coordinator should have:

  • a PhD in a discipline relevant to WTMC, such as Science & Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, History and Philosophy of Science, etc.
  • broad knowledge of the fields relevant for WTMC
  • a network of relevant national and international contacts in those fields
  • an affiliation with one of the universities or institutions participating in WTMC
  • interest in and experience with teaching advanced students
  • well-developed organizational skills
  • fluency in written and spoken English
  • the willingness to start in September 2020 (the workshop in autumn 2020 is the first workshop to be co-prepared by the new coordinator)
  • the willingness, in principle, to be coordinator for at least four years.



For additional information, please contact the Academic Director of WTMC:

Prof. dr. Stefan Kuhlmann,
University of Twente
Phone: +31 534892627


Please send applications to Stefan Kuhlmann at address above.
Interviews will be held on 7 April 2020 in Utrecht (tbc).

Applications must be in English and should include:

  • a letter of motivation explaining your interest in the position of WTMC coordinator
  • full CV, including name, contact details, academic training, previous and present employment, list of publications
  • if not already in CV, include details of teaching experience and any pedagogical training undertaken
  • a one-page description of an idea for a future WTMC workshop

Our offer

  • A secondment (detachering) contract for eight hours a week (note that the workload is unevenly distributed throughout the year.)
  • funding to attend one international conference a year, in order to support knowledge of the field and networking
  • the opportunity to visit the anchor teacher for the summer schools in order to prepare the programme.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente, The Netherlands, takes the assessment and governance of innovations and emerging technologies as its central theme of teaching and research. STePS considers in particular strategic issues that are multidisciplinary: they involve developments in science, technology, politics and society, as well as interaction between them. Studies conducted within STePS link analytical and normative perspectives, and consider not only technological innovations but also innovations in governance (

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