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Two Assistant and/or Associate Professors Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Amsterdam


Assistant and/or Associate professor in Work and Organisational Psychology. Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences − Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam is part of the Faculty of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, serving 2300 students, and offering a bachelor program, a broad variety of Master tracks (e.g., Behavioral Data Science, Brain and Cognition in Society, Sport and Performance Psychology, Training & Development, Social Influence, Consultancy & Organisational Development, Human Resource & Career Management), and a Research Master program. Research and teaching is organized in 6 program groups: Brain and Cognition, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychological Methods, Social Psychology, and Work and Organisational (W&O) Psychology. The Psychology Research Institute has one of the largest laboratory facilities in the country, including eye tracking-, fMRI-, and EEG- equipment, and a variety of physiological labs and software packages. The Psychology department ranks 17th on the QS World University Rankings 2017, which is the highest rank among the psychology departments in continental Europe.

For the Work and Organisational (W&O) Psychology group we are seeking an assistant professor and an assistant or associate professor (both 50% research and 50% teaching).

The W&O Psychology group aims to conduct innovative empirical research regarding:

Individual motivation, adaptation, and behavior in work-related contexts (e.g., career adaptability, job search, motivation, decision making, creativity and innovation)
Inputs, processes, states, and outcomes of groups in work-related contexts (e.g., diversity, leadership, power, team innovation, conflict and negotiation, group judgment, and decision making), and
The dynamic interplay between individual and group-level (determinants of) regulatory processes (e.g., the interaction of organisational cultures and structures, leaders, groups, and individuals).
Another important aim is to provide excellent training for students, preparing them for the professions related to various domains in work and organisational psychology. The W&O Psychology group provides a bachelor specialisation, a master program, and is involved in the Psychology Research Master program.

From the year 2018-2019 on the W&O Psychology group offers four specialized master tracks:

  • Consultancy & Organisational Development
  • Human Resource & Career Management
  • Coaching & Vitality in Organisations, and
  • Sport & Performance Psychology

Each year about 60 to 90 students choose the bachelor specialisation in W&O Psychology, and about 60 to 70 students enroll in the W&O Psychology master programs. Most courses are taught in English.

The W&O Psychology group currently consists of 20 assistant professors, associate professors, and lecturers, and 5 PhD candidates. The group has two structural Full Professor positions.

Job description
Both positions concern 50% research and 50% teaching. The job tasks include:

  • conducting empirical research fitting the W&O program and the master tracks;
  • communicating about research findings in high quality scientific journals, at international conferences, and in practitioner-oriented outlets;
  • teaching and developing courses and work groups on themes relevant for W&O and Sport & Performance Psychology;
  • supervising individual student research projects at bachelor and master-level;
  • acquisition of external research funding.

Additional job tasks for an associate professorship:

  • co-supervising PhD candidates and contributing to the PhD training in the Kurt Lewin Institute;
  • initiating and coordinating research;
  • contributing to management of the program, and the department at large by active participation in committees, projects, and coordination roles.

Qualifications for an assistant or associate professorship:

a PhD in work and organisational psychology, social psychology, organisational behavior, sport psychology or related field;
a research profile fitting the above described program;
high quality publications in relevant fields and on topics that concern the functioning of individuals and/or groups at work and/or in sport;
experience with teaching courses and supervising theses related to the functioning of individuals and groups at work and/or in sport, at the bachelor and master-level;
completed the BKO (Basic Teaching Qualification) or willingness to obtain the BKO;
Dutch proficiency or gaining sufficient command of the Dutch language within a period of 2 years.

Additional qualifications for an associate professorship:

experience with supervision of PhD candidates;
experience with earning research grants from scientific organisations and/or other organisations;
completed the BKO (Basic Teaching Qualification).
Further information
Prof. Annelies E.M. van Vianen
T: +31 (0)20 525 6856
Prof. Astrid Homan
T: +31 (0)20 525 4389

The appointment will be for a period of 24 months with the possibility for extension to a permanent contract contingent on a satisfactory performance for one of the positions. Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly salary will be between €3,475 and €5,405 for the assistant professor and between €4,815 and €5,861 for the associate professor, depending on qualifications and experience. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

The position starts ideally April/May 2018.

Job application
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses qualifications and a current résumé. Please submit applications (with vacancy number 17-634) before 15 January 2018 to Ms. J. Vermeulen via Please clearly indicate whether you are applying for the assistant or associate professorship. #LI-DNP

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