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Assistant Professor Position in Social Psychology – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, May 2022

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the field of social psychology (or related areas), and would you like to conduct cutting-edge research within an internationally-oriented academic team,the  Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology, the Netherlands – May 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 12 or 18 Months
Salary: 3,821 EURO/Month

Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • Completed Ph.D. in social psychology or a related field;
  • Fit with the above-described research program;
  • Demonstrated teaching experience and/or a motivation to develop as a teacher;
  • Demonstrated methodological and statistical expertise (ideally with R);
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to open science practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Demonstrated ability (or potential) to acquire external research funding;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This position is embedded within the Social Psychology Section of the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology. Our group values interdisciplinary perspectives (including but not limited to those guided by the evolutionary sciences), diverse and informative methods (e.g., agent-based modeling; cross-cultural comparisons), and open, transparent science. We aim to be on the cutting edge of theoretical developments within (and beyond) social psychology, and to apply these developments to uncovering new knowledge on topics ranging from how and why people avoid infectious disease, endorse conspiracy theories, maintain versus dissolve romantic partnerships, and engage in costly actions that contribute to group or society welfare. The section's key (broad) research focuses include trust and human cooperation, emotion, close relationships, social learning, and morality. We are searching for a candidate who, in addition to complementing these existing strengths, can also contribute expertise and teach in statistics, methodology, and open science.

The candidate is expected to: (a) develop a strong research program; (b) submit competitive applications for external grant funding (e.g., to the European Research Council and the Dutch Research Council); (c) be a dedicated teacher (current expectation is 50% of effort dedicated to teaching – future efforts can be higher or lower depending on the candidate’s and department’s funding situation); (d) have a positive effect on the department’s social climate; and (e) engage in valorisation activities (e.g., public outreach). In addition to teaching at the bachelor and (research) master level, the candidate would also supervise bachelor, master, and, eventually, Ph.D. students. The exact starting date is flexible, though it will ideally be late summer or early fall 2022.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload a single PDF that includes your curriculum vitae (which lists two references that we can contact), two publications that best illustrate your research, and a personal statement. The statement should be between two and three pages long. It should outline your research background, your research ambitions, your experience with and approach to teaching, and your motivation to work specifically within our group. Materials must be submitted by  May 13, 2022. Interviews will take place in the first half of June.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed. Again, please submit your application as a single PDF.

About the Department/Section/Group

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences

The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

About the Employer:


We offer a challenging, engaging position in an internationally-oriented group. On a full-time basis, the starting monthly salary ranges from a minimum € 3,821 (scale 11-0) to a maximum € 5.230 (scale 11-11), depending on experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is available for 1fte (full-time employment). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and programs to promote a good work/life balance, including: a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment; an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus; and contribution to a pension scheme (via ABP – the pension fund for government and education employees in the Netherlands). A comprehensive list of benefits and working conditions can be found at: https://workingat.vu.nl/working-at-vu.

The appointment will initially be for 12 or 18 months, depending on whether the candidate was already employed at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Contingent upon a positive evaluation, the appointment can then be converted to a tenured position.

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Contact details

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:Name: Joshua TyburE-mail: [email protected]

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