Assistant Professor in Psychological Methods
University of Amsterdam Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychological Methods

Publication date 2 February 2021

Closing date 1 March 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €5,826 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-067

The Psychological Methods group of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) seeks to appoint two Asisstant Professors who are willing and able to further develop our research and educational programmes in the field  of Behavioural Data Science.

The Pshyhological Methods group 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 programme around the idea of Behavioural Data Science (BDS). This newly emerging field involves the analysis of behaviorally 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.

What will you be doing?

As Assistant Professor you maintain an independent programme of research in a combination of at least two of the following fields: Psychometrics, Mathematical Psychology, Bayesian statistics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. You will be required to teach Bachelor and Master courses on at least one of these topics, and supervised individual student projects at the Bachelor and Master level.

45% of your time will be devoted to research and 55% to teaching. Some involvement in the organizational tasks of the programme group is also expected.

What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a doctorate with specialization in Psychometrics, Mathematical Psychology, Bayesian 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;
  • 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 before 1 July 2021.


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Han van der Maas, Professor of Psychological Methods

Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website.

Our offer

The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 for a term of 2 years.

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,746 and a maximum salary of €5,127 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 for 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.

What else 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.

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, cover letter and two letters of reference.

You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2021. Interviews will take place in March.

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