Post Doc Work and Organizational Psychology

Health & Technology
Convergence Health & Technology
Erasmus MC
Posting date
March 14, 2024
Closing date
March 25, 2024
Duration of position
2 years

Postdoc in Work and Organizational Psychology

Sustainable healthcare is challenged by mounting staff shortages for nurses. Nursing work practices may benefit from innovation in organisational practices, work design, and technological advancements, for example robotic capabilities. Yet robotic capabilities are not a ‘silver bullet’ for boosting job satisfaction and elevating patient care quality. Too many prototypes remain unused or underutilised, and their impact on nursing work is only assessed in hindsight.

To address this challenge, a Convergence-funded project led by Monique van Dijk (Erasmus MC), Iris Wallenburg (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and David Abbink (TU Delft) will aim to shape the future of nursing work, with and for nurses. The project will foster deep collaboration between hospital nurses and a team of 5 postdocs (an engineer, designer, nursing scientist, organizational scientist, and a work and organizational psychologist), supervised by a larger group of scholars, innovators (Create4CareRoboHouse), transdisciplinary experts (FRAIM) and other nursing practitioners.

This postdoc position takes the worker’s perspective as a starting point in both developing and implementing technological innovations within the nursing care context. How to keep work meaningful and workers happy and productive in a changing environment? There are already huge staffing and scheduling issues in health care which makes it important to keep current staff on board and to develop technological innovations in such a way that it is still in line with their core values (i.e., patient care). Close collaboration with both the workers (nurses) and the researchers representing the other disciplines is essential to face this multi-facetted challenge and to shape a future proof and sustainable nursing care work environment.

You will be employed by Erasmus MC and co-supervised by Dr. Daantje Derks and Prof. dr. Arnold Bakker from the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam.