Post Doc Working at the intersection of organizational studies and technology development

Health & Technology
Convergence Health & Technology
Erasmus MC
Posting date
March 11, 2024
Closing date
March 25, 2024
Duration of position
2 years

Postdoc working at the intersection of organizational studies and technology development

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 robotics. 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 practice-oriented research concentrates on how high-risk organizations prepare for a technology-driven future of nursing work, how they develop new organizational arrangements to accomplish this, and deal with the uncertainties and (sometimes conflicting) value regimes that are part of this transition. Closely working together with researchers from different disciplines, this postdoc position aims to develop organizational sensitivities and arrangements to facilitate responsible technology use in nursing practice.