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This project, in the interdisciplinary and rapidly developing area of social-science genetics, seeks to quantify the extent to which environments protect …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 2640 - € 3303 per maand


This project, in the interdisciplinary and rapidly developing area of social-science genetics, seeks to quantify the extent to which environments protect against the genetic risk for unhealthy behaviors and poor human-capital outcomes (e.g., education) Depending on qualifications, the postdoc will lead statistical genetic, social-science genetic, and/or econometric causal inference analyses in collaboration with scholars in the Netherlands and US.

Your duties
• conduct research in the area of social-science genetics in collaboration with project members
• publish in economics, social-science, genetics and general interest peer-reviewed scientific journals
• present results of research at local and international conferences, meetings and seminars
• guide junior researchers


• a PhD degree in economics or other social-science field or in statistical genetics
• experience with modern methods for analyzing genomic data (e.g., constructing and analyzing PGSs, GWAS, heritability studies, etc,) or else experience with causal econometric identification methods
• track record in conducting high quality scientific research
• good English language oral and written communication skills
• ability to interact successfully with researchers across a number of science disciplines


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 2.640.- and a maximum € 3.303.- in accordance with salary scale 10, depending on your education and experience. The job profile (Onderzoeker 4) is based on the university job ranking system and is offered for 1.0 FTE.

The initial employment contract will be for two years, with the possibility of extension.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
• a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
• considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme
• contribution to commuting expenses
• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Additional information

About the department, institute, project
The postdoctoral position is part of a multi-year NWO Vidi grant at the VU Amsterdam, led by Dr. Titus Galama. The project is in the interdisciplinary and rapidly developing area of social-science genetics (genoeconomics). The project seeks to quantify the extent to which environments protect against the genetic risk for unhealthy behaviors and for poor human-capital outcomes (education, cognition, etc). Recent advances in genetics and the recent collection of genetic data in several large social-science datasets with extensive measures of environment over the lifecycle make this research now possible. Rapidly increasing power of genetic prediction allows one to study how critical stages of life (e.g., early childhood) and critical environments influence genetic risk (with particular attention being paid to environmental causation).

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with Dr Galama and other members of the NWO Vidi research team (a graduate student and various collaborators at the VU Amsterdam and at Erasmus University Rotterdam). The NWO Vidi project is embedded within several larger research efforts / teams, providing a collaborative environment in which scholarly learning and research takes place. In particular, the scholar will have the opportunity to work closely with a separate team led by Dr. Titus Galama at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles (GxE interplay); the team led by Dr. Phillip Koelinger at the VU economics department (genetic discovery); and the team led by Dr. Hans van Kippersluis at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (GxE interplay). Travel has been budgeted for the postdoctoral scholar to facilitate interaction with researchers at CESR, USC, Los Angeles.

Are you interested in this position? Send us an e-mail with your curriculum vitae (including contact information for at least two academic references), a cover letter and scientific publications (published or in progress) by January 10th 2019. Mention vacancy number 18424.

Name: Mrs. M. Maletic
Position: Managing Director

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: dr. Titus J. Galama
Position: Associate Professor
E-mail: t.j.galama@vu.nl