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Assistant professor of Psychological Methods

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Psychology department

Assistant professor of Psychological Methods
Publicatiedatum 18 november 2019
Sluitingsdatum 8 december 2019
Opleidingsniveau Gepromoveerd
Functieomvang 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €3,637 to €4,978 gross per month
Vacaturenummer 19-779

The Psychological Methods group of the University of Amsterdam is one of the largest and most successful research and education centres in the field of psychological methods. Its main areas of research are network analysis, Bayesian statistics, mathematical psychology, and psychometrics. Next to developing novel research methodologies, we also actively develop psychological theories on a variety of topics, including intelligence, psychopathology, and decision making. In addition, the group has a general focus on supporting open science and has made important methodological contributions to facilitate transparent research practices in the past decade. In recent years, we have developed a successful educational program around the idea of Behavioural Data Science (BDS). This newly emerging field involves the analysis of behaviourally defined variables as they arise in large datasets, typically gathered using modern digital technology (e.g., online or through mobile devices) and analyzed with techniques for detecting patterns from high-dimensional data (e.g., network modeling, machine learning) to facilitate understanding, prediction, and control of human behaviour. We seek to appoint an Assistant Professor who is willing and able to further develop our research and educational programs in this field.

What will you be doing?

You will play a role in further developing the growing BDS educational and research programs at the levels of teaching, coordination, and research. At the level of teaching, you will teach statistical and methodological courses at the bachelor and master levels. Coordination tasks involve administration and coordination of internships and theses in the BDS program. In terms of research, you will expand the group’s research into data-analytic techniques suited to the analysis of behavioural data. We value autonomy, and expect you to maintain an independent program of research, including active pursuit of funding through grant applications.

What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a doctorate with specialization in psychological methods, psychometrics, mathematical psychology, statistics, machine learning, or artificial intelligence;
  • an excellent track record, both in terms of research and in terms of teaching;
  • a plan for developing your research in the area of Behavioural Data Science;
  • enthusiasm for teaching as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching;
  • mastery of the Dutch language or a willingness to learn Dutch;
  • availability starting early 2020.

What can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours for a term of 2 years. If the candidate proves suitable, barring unforeseen organisational developments and assuming sufficient FTE availability, we intend to offer the candidate a permanent employment contract.

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,637 and a maximum salary of €4,978 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development. 

Further information

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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV and covering letter. In addition, we require two letters of reference.

You may apply online by clicking on the link below. 

The deadline for applications is 8 December. Interviews will take place in December. LI-DNP

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