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Vacancy Database from "The Modelling Toolkit: Implications of recruitment strategies for the development of hydrological modelling"

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This database contains vacancies that were announced through the About Hydrology Mailinglist between 2013 and 2020.

Hydrological models play a key role in contemporary hydrological scientific research. For this study, 400+ scientific hydrological vacancies were analyzed, to evaluate whether the job description already prescribed which model must be used, and whether experience with a specific model was an asset. Of the analysed job positions, 76% involved at least some modelling. Of the PhD positions that involved any modelling, the model is already prescribed in the vacancy text in 17% of the cases, for postdoc positions this was 30%. A small questionnaire
revealed that also beyond the vacancies where the model is already prescribed, in many Early-Career Scientist (ECSs) projects the model to be used is pre-determined and, actually, also often used without further discussion. There are valid reasons to pre-determine the model in these projects, but at the same time, this can have long-term consequences for the ECS: experience with the model will influence the research identity the ECS is developing, and influence future opportunities of the ECS - it might be strategic to gain experience with popular, broadly used models, or to become part of an efficient modelling team. This serves an instrumental vision on modelling. Seeing models as hypotheses calls for a more critical evaluation. ECSs learn the current rules of the game, but should at the same time actively be stimulated to critically question these rules.

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Data belonging to the study "The role of recruitment in scientific hydrological model development and use: An analysis of vacancies"

AcademicTransfer folder:
Each Excel file contains the vacancy texts for the vacancies that have been analysed, separated for PhD positions, postdoc positions, and staff positions. Contact details have been removed. 

AboutHydrology folder:
The Word-file contains an overview of all the vacancy texts that were analysed, obtained from the AboutHydrology mailing list. The folder 'vacancies_in_attachments' contains the job announcements that were sent as attachment in the mailing list. These are referred to in the Word-file as "see attachment". Everything is sorted on date that the mail was sent. 
The Excel file contains an overview of all vacancies and whether a model was mentioned. 

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Melsen, L. (2022). Vacancy Database from "The Modelling Toolkit: Implications of recruitment strategies for the development of hydrological modelling", HydroShare,

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