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Assistant Professor in Social Psychology (Universitair Docent)

This position is within the research program which adopts a strong interdisciplinary and international orientation to research, theory, and methods.  It focuses on the psychological, evolutionary, and neuroscientific mechanisms of trust, emotion, and cooperation among ...

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 3475 - € 4757 per maand


This position is within the research program which adopts a strong interdisciplinary and international orientation to research, theory, and methods. It focuses on the psychological, evolutionary, and neuroscientific mechanisms of trust, emotion, and cooperation among individuals and groups.

The candidate is expected to (a) develop a strong, innovating program of research; (b) acquire external grant funding to support their research, (c) conduct excellent teaching, (d) show departmental citizenship, and (e) engage in valorisation activities. The candidate contributes to major parts of the Section’s teaching programs, and supervises Bachelor’s, Master’s, and, where possible, PhD students.


• Completed PhD-thesis in the social, evolutionary, or behavioral sciences;
• Fit with research program, with its focus on trust, emotion, and human cooperation;
• Expertise in social neuroscience (e.g., fMRI, EEG, hormones) or psychophysiological measurement techniques is desired;
• Demonstrated methodological skills and expertise with advanced statistics
• Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals;
• Demonstrated ability to acquire external research funding is a plus;
• Teaching experience (as evidenced by excellent teaching evaluations);
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.


The appointment will be full-time for a period of 5 years. The desired starting date is September 1st 2018, although later starting dates are negotiable. The position may be transferred to Tenure Track pending change in financial prospects. VU is strongly committed to diversity and especially welcomes applications from candidates of underrepresented groups.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of € 3475,00 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4757,00 gross per month, (salary scale 11) based on a fulltime employment. The position will also include additional funding for conducting research and travelling to conferences.

Additional information

General information about the VU and the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology and the Social Psychology can be found on the websites: http://www.vu.nl or http://www.vupsy.nl/research-in-social-and-organizational-psychology/.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position are requested to send an application letter and a detailed Curriculum Vitae to the Head of Social Psychology, Prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange via e-mail: a.g.a.brinkman@vu.nl before 1 March 2018.

For more information (by mail or phone) please contact, Prof. dr. Paul van Lange, +31 20 59 88852.

The job interviews are expected to take place in March-April 2018.

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top of your letter and on the envelope.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties, and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences (FBM) at VU University Amsterdam is unique in the wide field of behavioural and health sciences for combining the disciplines of psychology, education theory and human movement sciences. The faculty contributes to a better understanding of the way behaviour and movement are caused and can be influenced so as to promote physical and mental health and improve performance.

Members in in the Section of Social Psychology at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology (www.vupsy.nl/) investigate themes such as trust, leadership, cooperation, evolutionary psychology, emotion, culture, group and intergroup dynamics, justice, and relationships, using innovating theoretical approaches and methodologies grounded in psychology and beyond (e.g., economic games, genetics, meta-analyses, neuroscience).

The Department provides a vibrant, international research climate with high quality academic staff and students who are supported by excellent research facilities (e.g., multiple labs for experimental research, equipment for neuroscience measures), and expertise in statistics. The Department has a strong international reputation in psychological science, as indicated by excellent research assessments, high quality publications, high standards for teaching and mentoring, and frequent visits by international scientists.

Social Psychology has a strong commitment to theory development, innovative research, and applications to dyads, groups, and society. Research and teaching have a strong international and interdisciplinary orientation to the broad and interrelated topics of trust, emotion, and human cooperation. The Section participates in various research institutes and graduate schools (Institute for Brain and Behavior, Kurt Lewin Institute, Netherlands Science Centre for Criminology), and offers a 2-year Research Master program in Social Psychology which has been formally recognized as an “excellent-quality” program.