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 Assistant Professor in Social Psychology
Institution/Organization: Radboud University
Job Location: Netherlands
Job Type: Tenure-Track
Contact Person: Rob Holland
Date Posted: September 25th, 2019
Closing Date: October 13th, 2019
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The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and the School for Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, Radboud University, invite applications for an Assistant Professor position. We are seeking a faculty member to strengthen and expand our research programme Behavioural Change and Well-being (BCW) and our teaching programme in Social and Cultural Psychology in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programme in Psychology and the Research Master's degree programme in Behavioural Science.

As a team member of the BCW research programme, you will be expected to strengthen and expand the expertise and research on fundamental processes concerning the regulation of behaviour in social contexts. Societal or broader impact of your research will be highly valued (e.g. by employing your theoretical ideas in designing new behaviour change interventions). We expect that you will conduct your research in close collaboration with other researchers. In line with the BCW programme's current practice and aims for solid science, we expect that your future studies will be highly powered and that parameters and criteria will be pre-registered. We expect applicants to regularly apply for grants. Preferably you have successful experience with applications for external grant-based funding.

As a member of the BSI, you will be encouraged and expected to collaborate across the divisional boundaries of research programmes within the BSI. There are many opportunities for such collaborations within research and committee work at the BSI. You will be expected to be active within one or more of the three programme themes of the institute (1) development and learning; (2) psychopathology, health and well-being; and 3) social processes and communication. Within the BSI, research is increasingly approached as team science. Therefore, you need to be able to collaborate within the BCW programme, but also within the BSI as a whole. As a member of the BSI, you can make use of all the facilities, expertise and services it provides, including the state-of-the-art lab facilities.

You will be teaching in the field of psychology, mostly in social psychology. Furthermore, you will supervise psychology students writing their Bachelor's and/or Master's theses. You will teach in the Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology, the Master's degree programme in Behaviour Change, and the Research Master's degree programme in Behavioural Science of the Behavioural Science Graduate School. Teaching will mainly be in English. Like research, we approach our teaching as teamwork and organise regular meetings to discuss challenges and to learn from each other. You will have a combined (50%) teaching and (50%) research position.


You have a doctoral degree (PhD) in social psychology (or a related discipline).
You have published a number of international publications in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals, focused on fundamental research on the regulation of behaviour.
You have successfully coordinated research projects and have experience with supervising graduate students.
You have excellent qualifications in quantitative research methodology and have experience with various quantitative research paradigms.
You are an inspiring teacher with excellent teaching skills evidenced by a certificate (BKO, the Basic University Teaching Qualification, or similar).
You have developed a network of national and international partners.
You have affinity for knowledge dissemination and broader impact.
You are employing research practices that increase transparency in social sciences (e.g. pre-registration, data-sharing), or you have the willingness to adopt such an approach.
You have an excellent command of written and spoken English at the required C1 level.
You have a very good command of Dutch or the willingness to learn this language within two years.
You are willing to regularly apply for external grant-based funding. Evidence of earlier successful grant applications is highly valued.
You are a team player. That is, you have excellent social skills and the ability and desire to collaborate with colleagues within the BCW group, as well as with members of other disciplines within the Behavioural Science Institute.
You have the ability and willingness to contribute to organisational tasks within the group, BSI and/or School for Psychology and Artificial Intelligence .

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Behavioural Science Institute
Your research will be part of the Behaviour Change and Well Being (BCW) research programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI), part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The BCW research programme aims for theoretically innovative research concerning the regulation of behaviour and choices in social contexts. Members share their social cognitive approach to studying human behaviour and focus on a variety of topics including self-control, interpersonal relations, food choice, stereotyping and prejudice, and social influence. On the basis of these fundamental insights, the goal of BCW is to achieve for broader impact and help solving societal problems. BCW approaches research as team work and employs various research strategies to facilitate transparency and solid science in our research. Our research group has various long-standing collaborations with international departments across the globe. The BCW programme members closely collaborate with other members and groups within the Behavioural Science Institute. BSI is a multidisciplinary behavioural research institute in which researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. BSI has seven research programmes covering three main research themes: (1) development and learning; (2) psychopathology, health and well-being; and 3) social processes and communication. The Institute conducts fundamental research as well as applied/translational research. Training of PhD candidates is provided by the BSI Graduate School (recognised by the Dutch Research Council). BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG measurements and GSR recording, psychobiological research, and behavioural measurements in both real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, such as fMRI, MEG, and TMS, are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.

School for Psychology and Artificial Intelligence and Faculty of Social Sciences
Your teaching will be embedded in the Social and Cultural Psychology group of the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence (PSKI). The PSKI is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. It offers four high-ranking educational programmes to more than 2,000 students: the Bachelors and Masters degree programmes in Psychology, and the Research Masters Programmes in Behavioural Science and Cognitive Neuroscience. The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of largest faculties at Radboud University. The faculty's ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

Radboud University
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!


Employment: 38 hours per week.
A maximum gross monthly salary (based on a 38-hour working week): €4,978 (scale 11) or €5,656 (scale 12).
The salary depends on education and (relevant) work experience.
In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
Duration of the contract: an initial appointment for two years, with the possibility for a permanent position after an excellent evaluation.
The intended start date is 1 January 2020.
You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.


Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?
In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to female candidates.
Would you like more information?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Rob Holland
Tel.: +31 24 361 26 81

Dr. Johan Karremans, Associate Professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 21 29

Apply directly: Please address your application to prof dr. Rob Holland and submit it, using the application button, no later than 13 October 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

(1) Letter of motivation
(2) CV
(3) PDF's of two most relevant articles

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