Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychopathology Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences Netherlands

Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychopathology (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)




Faculty of Social Sciences

Vacancy number: 24.23.19

Application deadline: 16 June 2019



The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and the School of Pedagogical Sciences (PWO) at Radboud University invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in Developmental Psychopathology.


We are seeking a faculty member in the field of developmental psychopathology who can contribute to our current areas of research and/or who can extend these domains of expertise in novel directions. These areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to):

1) The interplay between genetic, neural and social factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance of emotional, behavioural, food-related and substance use problems.

2) Peer and/or parent-child processes and the impact of environmental cues and pressures on developmental pathways of internalising and/or externalising psychopathologies.

3) The effects and underlying mechanisms associated with evidence-based prevention and treatment of internalising and externalising psychopathologies.

4) The development and evaluation of novel and especially digital intervention strategies that aim to improve young people’s mental health.


You will be teaching in the study programmes of the School of Pedagogical Sciences, and will supervise graduate students at the master’s and doctoral degree levels. You will have a combined (50%) teaching and research (50%) position. You are expected to regularly apply for, and obtain, external grant-based funding. The position offers excellent career development opportunities.


More information about our research programme.


Work environment

Your research will be part of the Developmental Psychopathology research programme (headed by Prof. Isabela Granic) in the Behavioural Science Institute. The programme encompasses several research lines, including games for mental health (Prof. Granic), substance use, addiction and food (Prof. Vink) and forensic developmental psychopathology (Prof. Cima). We have a young, enthusiastic, multidisciplinary team, including a large group of PhD candidates. Our research group has strong long-lasting collaborations with mental health and youth care agencies in the region, is heading the ZonMw-funded Academic Workplace Youth Nijmegen ( and is associated with the Trimbos Institute and the Nijmegen Institute for Scientist-Practitioners in Addiction (NISPA).


The Behavioural Science Institute is a research institute in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. Our research productivity and vision has resulted in being consistently (across 10 years) among the highest-ranked research programs in the social sciences in The Netherlands. Our mission is to conduct top-level research on the fundamental principles and processes that govern human behaviour. In addition to this fundamental aim (to understand behaviour), we aim at societal relevance (to influence behaviour). The training and supervision of PhD students take place in the BSI Graduate School (recognised by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). 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 (fMRI, MEG, and TMS) are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.


What we expect from you

a doctoral degree (PhD) in behavioural sciences such as pedagogical sciences, psychology, neuroscience or biomedical science, or a related discipline;

a track record of international publications in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals judged on the basis of quality, quantity and citation impact, as well as publications for professionals and policy bodies in this field;

a strong acquisition record (personal grants and/or PhD projects acquired as first applicant);

strong methodological and analytical skills;

extensive training and expertise in studying typical development, psychopathology and/or addictive behaviour in children and/or adolescents;

successfully coordinated research projects and supervised PhD candidates;

the willingness to participate in management tasks;

relevant national and international networks;

an enthusiastic teacher who has experience with teaching, coordinating courses, developing courses and supervising undergraduate students;

teaching experience/skills evidenced by a certificate (e.g. the Basic University Teaching Qualification, BKO) or the willingness to acquire a BKO in two years;

good social skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines;

your qualifications should meet the faculty’s publication criteria;

an excellent command of written and spoken English and Dutch or the willingness to learn Dutch in two years.

What we have to offer

employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE;

maximum gross monthly salary of €5,656 based on a 38-hour working week (scale 12);

in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;

you will be appointed as Assistant Professor, Level 1;

term of contract: the initial appointment is for two years, with the possibility of permanency if your performance has been evaluated as excellent;

the position offers excellent career development opportunities;

you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where 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?


Other Information

The intended start date is 1 September 2019.


Would you like to know more?

Further information on: the Behavioural Science Institute

Further information on: the School of Pedagogical Sciences


For more information about this vacancy, please contact:

Jacqueline Vink, Full Professor

Telephone: + 31 24 3616097



Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. Jacqueline Vink) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):


Motivation letter

CV (including a list of publications)

The first round of interviews will take place in week 26. The second round of interviews will take place in week 29.

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