PhD researcher Open Science to Increase Reproducibility in Science

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
December 15, 2022
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PhD researcher Open Science to Increase Reproducibility in Science

(ref. BAP-2022-763)

Last modification : Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The research unit Methods, Individual & Cultural Differences, Affect & Social Behavior (MICAS) conducts research on (a) quality- and reporting criteria, methods for synthesis of research, and innovative research methods, (b) quantitative models for studying substantive issues and (c) emotion, motivation, intergroup relations, stigma, social cognition and cultural differences. As PhD researcher Open Science to Increase Reproducibility in Science you are embedded in the research line on innovative research methods. The project is conducted in close collaboration with the KU Leuven Research Coordination Office, which informs, stimulates, and supports KU Leuven researchers in performing research and securing research funding.

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OSIRIS (Open Science to Increase Reproducibility in Science) is a large- scale interdisciplinary and international project that aims to deliver and disseminate guidance about evidence based interventions that will improve the reproducibility of scientific findings. In the project, knowledge on the underlying drivers of reproducibility is systematically gathered, evidence- based solutions are tested, and incentives for reproducibility by stakeholders are identified. Particular attention is given to Open Science research practices that are encouraged by European research policy. You will be able to engage in all phases and activities of the project, thereby gaining new skills and expertise, and collaborate with the other OSIRIS PhD students located across Europe. You also have a dedicated work package of your own: investigating the drivers, barriers, and facilitators for reproducibility of research. The method of data collection in this work package will be threefold: a systematic scoping review, in-depth semi-structured interviews with researchers in different European universities, and focus group discussions with different stakeholder groups, including early career researchers, publishers of scientific journals and books, funders of scientific research, and research institutions.

The appointment as a PhD researcher implies three main tasks:

1. You are following a doctoral trajectory: conducting scientific research on the domain of Open Science and reproducibility, following the doctoral programme at the Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and obtaining a PhD diploma.

2. You conduct scientific research in the context of the OSIRIS project; you report and disseminate the results of your research in congress poster presentations, oral communications at symposia, and publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

3. You support university education, among other things by coaching students who are working on their master's thesis and by evaluating exams.

In addition you will also contribute with OSIRIS colleagues towards the deliverables of the OSIRIS project.

  • You have obtained a master's diploma cum laude (among the 30% highest marks).
  • You are proficient in English, both spoken and written, with good communication skills and ability to write for lay and scientific audiences.
  • You have a good working knowledge with using qualitative research methods, interview techniques and working with focus groups. In-depth experience with these methods is commendable but not required.
  • You have the skills to critically analyze methodological texts and empirical studies.
  • You are interested in the broad domain of research methodology (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods), philosophy of science, Open Science and reproducibility in science.
  • You are able to work independently, but you are also good in working in team and taking initiative.
  • You are able to work under supervision and finish your PhD research successfully.
  • Offer

    We offer full-time employment for a fixed term of 1 year, renewable up to a maximum of 4 years. The aim is that the research will result in a PhD after 4 years.


    For more information please contact Prof. dr. Patrick Onghena, tel.: +32 16 32 59 54, mail: or Mrs. Veerle Van den Eynden, tel.: +32 16 32 45 48, mail:

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