Postdoctoral position on Positive Emotions (4 years)

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Psychology

Publication date
1 May 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,552 to €4,691 gross per month
Closing date
25 May 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Department of Social Psychology is supported by approximately 15 tenured faculty members, and currently hosts 13 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. We offer a dynamic environment in an internationally recognized department, ranking among the best in Europe for research and teaching. This is paired with an informal and supportive atmosphere. Amsterdam is an international city, consistently ranked as one of the world’s top places to live. For non-Dutch applicants, the 30% ruling tax advantage may apply.

The Department of Psychology is a part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), which is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7500 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programs in Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. 

The Department is situated centrally in Amsterdam, and hosts program groups focusing on social, organisational, developmental, clinical, statistical, and cognitive psychology. It offers excellent facilities for undertaking research in a broad range of areas, including EEG, ERP, TMS, and fMRI, cognitive behavioural testing suites, eye-tracker, and a social observation lab.

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will examine positive emotional experiences using a cross-cultural approach. The project will address multiple components of positive emotions, as well as the relationship between positive emotions, wellbeing and resilience. The project will employ experience sampling and make use of 'big data'. As well as being hosted in the supportive research atmosphere of the Department of Social Psychology, the researcher will have the opportunity to establish research connections with international collaborators.

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct the research under the supervision of Dr Disa Sauter at the University of Amsterdam, and engage with her research group as part of Dr Sauter’s ERC-funded project An Empirical Foundation for Understanding Positive Emotions. The project will also be embedded within the Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion.

The position includes allowances for research expenses, including computer and recording materials, participant costs, experimental materials, and travel and subsistence costs towards project-specific travel, including conferences. It also offers an opportunity to gain experience with teaching, subject to availability and qualifications.


You have or are about to finish a PhD in Psychology or related discipline, with expertise on emotions. You have experience of designing, executing, and analysing quantitative research; knowledge of experience sampling, multi-level analyses, or cross-cultural work are advantageous. Your written and spoken English are excellent and you have a strong interest in pursuing a scientific career, as evidenced by a track record of peer reviewed publications. You also have excellent research project management skills, and the ability to manage workload and resources to meet deadlines. You are willing and able to travel internationally (costs will be covered by the project grant). 

Further information

Informal inquiries can be directed to:

  • Dr. Disa Sauter 
    Please quote 'Inquiry post-doc Positive Emotions Project' in the subject line.

A summary of the research proposal can be made available for interested candidates.


The appointment is for a fixed period of 2 years, extension of the contract to a total of four years is subject to satisfactory performance. The intended starting date is September 2017, but a later date may be considered.

Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly salary will be between €2,552 and €4,691 (scale 10 or 11, depending on qualifications). The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The University of Amsterdam is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, and equal opportunities.

For full consideration, applications should be send by email to before 26 May 2017, and include a CV, a letter of motivation (maximally two pages), and names and email of two potential references. Please quote the project title on your application and include all the required documentation when applying. As this appointment is to work on an already specified project, there is no need to provide a complete research proposal. However, you should include in your motivation letter a research statement that specifies how your research to date is relevant to the project, and a brief proposal that outlines how you might approach studying positive emotion experiences across cultures. #LI-DNP

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