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a Full Professor in Successful Aging, and a Full Professor in Community-based Health

Areas of interest: Successful Aging and Community-based health: prevention and intervention in complex societies.

12 maanden geleden


Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur


Areas of interest: Successful Aging and Community-based health: prevention and intervention in complex societies.


Candidates for the position must have the following qualifications:
- a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related field;
- evidence of sustained research achievement, reflected in (top-tier) peer-reviewed publications;
- a solid background in current methodological/statistical development;

- recognition by peers in the form of citations, editorships, keynotes, awards, and other distinctions

- genuine interest and preferably experience in performing in an interdisciplinary research environment;
- the ability to obtain and manage research grants/ experience or willingness to participate in research funding efforts;

- has the ability to collaborate with community and societal partners;

- excellence, in teaching students, and a strong and demonstrable commitment to the organization and delivery of teaching, a University Teaching Qualification, or being prepared to meet the requirements.

- experience in assisting and supervising students and PhD students and also being a coach and a role model for all female students, postdocs and associate professors.

- Strong command of English (minimal C2 level).

- Preferable evidence of having successfully held a position of academic leadership.

The candidate is expected:

To meet the criteria in terms of research quality, teaching quality, management responsibilities, proven social impact of the research and have an active role as member of department;

To take an active role as role-model or diversity agent in the university (e.g. by delivering a public lecture; by making the research available for a larger audience; by mentoring other junior women faculty; by incorporating gender as an integral part in the teaching and research programs).


- A gross annual salary commensurate with experience and in accordance with Dutch national standards for the respective level of full professorship;

- The university offers attractive fringe benefits, such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment, assistance in finding suitable accommodation, compensation for parental leave, sports facilities;

- Tilburg University offers competitive European salaries, a salary in line with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities. For researchers coming from outside the Netherlands, the university can apply for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of taxable salary under certain conditions.

Additional information

Areas of interest:

Successful Aging

The Dutch population is ageing rapidly. In 2025 the 60-year-olds will be the largest age group in the Netherlands. With increasing life expectancy and low birth rates, this situation will maintain. This poses monumental questions for society. How can we preserve quality of life and well-being in ageing individuals with health problems? How can we improve lifelong learning, when knowledge becomes outdated at ever faster rates, and people have to work longer before their pensions? And how can we organize pension, health and care systems to adjust to this demographic change? Not without reason, ageing is at the forefront of many funding initiatives (e.g. Horizon 2020). The social and behavioral sciences can make important contributions in this area by advancing our understanding of how personal characteristics and behaviors (for example: life style behaviors, proactivity, life-long learning, patterns of self-regulation, psychological capital) impact on successful aging, and how we can influence such personal characteristics and behaviors in the health care system, at work and in society at large.

The candidate is expected to collaborate with the different research groups at TSB and other schools. The candidate’s research may cover fields of lifelong learning; ageing employees, retirement, societal changes as a result of demographic change, age stereotypes, age differences in social decision making, lifespan development, brain functioning, psychological functioning and quality of life of elderly finally care for elderly individuals.

Community-based health: prevention and intervention in complex societies

The departments of Organization Studies, Tranzo (Transformation in Care) and Sociology jointly offer a chair with the title “Community-based Health: prevention and intervention in complex societies”. The focus of the research and teaching of this chair is how people and organizations can adapt to change and setback, are able to take their own decisions in the light of physical, emotional, social, economic and technological challenges in often complex situations and environments. These complex situations can occur at multiple levels and in different contexts. It can be at the individual level in which (the promotion of) individual health is studied, or for example at the organizational level studying formal and informal dynamic care networks that take into account the disease progression (staging and profiling) of people ('personalized care'). It could also involve the coordinated fight against international health risks (infectious disease, environmental pollution, micro-bacterial resistance, obesity) and, for example, decision-making about environmental and safety measures. The aim of this chair is to study and assess the role of local societal conditions on individual health and health differences, also in relation to prevention and care. Sustainable collaboration and co-creation with a wide side or actors like community partners, professionals, policy makers and citizens is crucial in this position. From the candidate a firm action on further developing the education in this field is asked.

For questions regarding the positions, please contact one of our ambassadors:

Successful Aging: prof.dr. J.J.A. (Jaap) Denissen, dr. B.L. (Brenda) den Oudsten, dr. T.A.M. (Dorien) Kooij, dr. M.L. (Marloes) van Engen.

Community-based health: prevention and intervention in complex societies: prof.dr. L.A.G. (Leon) Oerlemans, prof.dr. H. (Dike) van de Mheen, prof.dr. P.H.J. (Peter) Achterberg.

For further questions regarding the application procedure, please contact HR (hrservices@tilburguniversity.edu).

Tilburg University is committed to diversity as a self-evident value within its organization. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are priorities of the university’s HR policy. The Philip Eijlander Diversity Program (PEDP) aims to scout and attract extra-ordinary female talent in academia in order to advance the competence areas that the Schools focus on in their research agenda’s and impact themes. Appointees will receive a start-up grant for their research and are invited to participate in a coaching & career strategy training. Read more about the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/PED.


Tilburg University is a modern university, specialized in social sciences and humanities and is internationally known for its high standards in education and scientific research as well as its good facilities. The Tilburg University campus offers both quietness and connectivity as it is located in a wooded park, ten minutes away from the city center, main highways, and railways. It is a mid-sized city of 200,000 inhabitants in the South of the Netherlands, in proximity to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London, and Tilburg is thus located at the very heart of Europe.

Tilburg University is committed to diversity as a self-evident value within its organization. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are important key priorities of the university’s HR policy. Under the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program, Tilburg University offers talented women with a passion for teaching and research a attractive opportunity to design research and courses on important themes at the various Schools. Appointees will receive a start-up grant for their research and will participate in a networking and mentoring program.

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) is a modern, specialized university. The teaching and research of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are organized around the themes of Health, Organization, and Relations between State, Citizen, and Society. The Schools inspiring working environment challenges its workers to realize their ambitions; involvement and cooperation are essential to achieve this.

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences