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PhD Position: the Consequences of mHealth on Well-being

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Over the past years, the use of everyday healthy lifestyle apps (e.g. Apple Health, Samsung Health, Health Connect, Garmin Connect) has increased dramatically. What are the consequences of algorithmic decision systems in these mHealth applications for their users? This project focuses on user perceptions of the (potential) impact of automated decision systems in their daily health app on public values (e.g., privacy, autonomy/self-governance, integrity, solidarity, equality/equity) and the effects on well-being. There will be special attention for social equality and inclusion. The project will draw on a multimethod citizen science approach, including for example co-creation, panel survey, and mobile tracking.


This position will be hosted by the Erasmus Initiative ‘Societal Impact of AI’ (AiPact). 

Click here for the full project description.

Profile of the candidate

The candidate for this position has a (research) master degree in social and behavioral sciences, for example social psychology, health psychology, communication science, or computational (social) science. The candidate has a strong affinity with the above topics and in working together with a team of people from different disciplines including an interest to learn and work with empirical and computational social science or digital methods.

Furthermore you have:

  • Proven academic interest in questions regarding algorithmic applications and digital society;

  • Interest in working in a very interdisciplinary, cross-university environment;

  • Interest in contributing to and helping to create the broader algosoc research community;

  • An excellent written and spoken command of English (written and spoken command of other languages, including Dutch, French, and/or German is a plus);

  • Affinity with organising workshops, lecture series, and similar events. 


If the vacancy appeals to you, but you are doubting whether you might be THE person we are looking for, please do apply. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, people with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in academia to apply. We wish to create a consortium that consists of persons who each contribute in their unique way to the team. Complementarity and not homogeneity is what we are looking for.  

Developing a societal vision on automated decision making concerns us all. We believe that a diversity of perspectives in our consortium will be important in developing an inclusive societal vision and strive therefore also in our hiring policy for encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, inclusiveness, equal opportunities with room for situated experiences, diverse perspectives, and ideas to flourish. This commitment applies to our research, organisation, room for flexibility, training, and community activities as well as our hiring strategy.

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