Postdoctoral position in Social or Behavioral Data Science (21581)

Responsibilities As a postdoctoral researcher, you conduct excellent research on (novel) data science methods applied to the social and behavioral sciences. The research focuses on developing and validating algorithms and (computational) models to analyze complex, high dimensional, or large data sets from social and behavioral sciences. Methods include Bayesian modelling, data integration, supervised and unsupervised learning, data mining, and machine learning. The candidate is also expected to collaborate with (substantive) researchers in our School and others in applying the new methods.

This postdoctoral position also includes some involvement in the teaching of courses in research methods, data science, and applied statistics in the joint TU/e – TiU data science Bachelor, in the Data Science and Society master program, and in other programs to which our department contributes. The teaching duties include teaching lectures and tutorials.

Qualifications We are looking for an ambitious and talented researcher and dedicated teacher in data science methods with a focus on the social or behavioral sciences. Candidates have a (nearly) completed PhD and an excellent (early career) track record in publishing research findings in recognized scientific journals in the field. We expect the candidate to have good command of English (C2 level).

Terms of employment We offer an employment contract for 2 years. Depending on the candidates’ experience, the salary for the position of a Postdoctoral researcher ranges between €2.960 and €5.439 gross per month based on scale 10 or 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities.  Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The university offers very good fringe benefits, such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses. 

Applications and information Candidates can apply by submitting: A motivation letter; a curriculum vitae, and a research statement. The research statement has to cover the research that will be conducted (max. 500 words). The most promising candidates will be invited to present and discuss their work with relevant members of TSB. A short scientific lecture might be part of the selection procedure. 

Apply only by using the apply button below. Send in your application, with a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation, before June 10, 2023.

The (online) interviews will take place in the week starting 19th of June. Preferred starting date is October 1st 2023 at the latest.

Additional information about Tilburg University and the Department of Methodology and Statistics (MTO) can be retrieved from:

Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. K. Van Deun, tel. +31-13-4662286, email:

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tilburg University is a specialized university with a high international reputation that strives to advance society by deepening the understanding of that society through research and education. The Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers excellent, innovative education aimed at preparing students to become future leaders by focusing on knowledge, skills, and character building. The School offers a varied range of Bachelor and Master programs to its 3000 students and is organized around the motto of “Understanding Society”. The school’s intellectually stimulating working environment challenges its workers to realize their ambitions; involvement and cooperation are essential to achieve this.

Department of Methodology and Statistics The Department of Methodology and Statistics conducts excellent research in methods and statistics applied to social and behavioral sciences and is responsible for teaching methodology and statistics in the Bachelor and Research Master programs of the School. The department is a member of the graduate school Interuniversity Graduate School for Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS) and participates in the Tilburg Experience Sampling Center (TESC), the Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic diseases (CoRPS), and the Data Science Center Tilburg (DSC/t). Its research program focuses on latent variable models of individual differences (structural equation models, factor analysis, latent class and finite mixture models, item response models), applied statistics and data science (Bayesian modelling, high dimensional data analysis, data integration), survey methodology (response styles, sampling, norming), and meta-research (publication bias, meta-analysis, statistical decision-making). The department has a strong tradition of working with the other (substantive) research programs in our School.   

Recruitment code Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

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