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Vacancy: Postdoc: The Myth of Null-hypothesis Significance Testing in Scientific Research (deadline March 30th)

Vacancy: Postdoc: The Myth of Null-hypothesis Significance Testing in Scientific Research (deadline March 30th)

We are looking for a postdoc within the section of Methodology and Applied Statistics of the Department of Health Sciences. He/she will work on a challenging and exciting project about the use of null-hypothesis significance testing (NHST) within the Health and Life Sciences. This 2-year project is funded by the ZonMw program ‘Responsible Research Practices’. The vast majority of empirical researchers base their conclusions on the results from NHST. However, methodologists and statisticians have shown repeatedly over previous decades that NHST is an invalid method for drawing conclusions based on empirical data. This is caused by the fact that NHST is an indirect form of inference. In this project we will study why the majority of researchers still holds on to the NHST paradigm. Furthermore, we will develop a strategy to shift this paradigm. Methods consist of interviews, focus groups and work conferences with different stakeholders from the science system: editors from scientific journals, researchers, funding agencies and lecturers. As a postdoc, you will be responsible for the planning and execution of the project. You will work on a very timely but also controversial subject.

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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Michiel de Boer, project leader
e-mail: m.r.de.boer@vu.nl

 

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