Assistant Professor of Psychology
Utrecht University

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Job description

The Department of Psychology has a job opening for an Assistant Professor.

The position is embedded within the section Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It contains a standard combination of teaching activities (60%) and research activities (40%). In case you wish to focus your career on teaching, an 70% teaching and 30% research appointment is also possible, temporary or structural.

As an Assistant Professor you will be participating in teaching in the Bachelor’s programme in Psychology in the domains relevant to Clinical Psychology and the international Master’s programme in Clinical Psychology. Teaching involves (large-scale) lectures, (small-scale) instruction and individual supervision of clinical or research internships and research theses, along with more general coordination and administration activities.

Research within the Department of Clinical Psychology covers several research topics, including trauma, anxiety, prolonged grief, depression, suicidality, body image disturbance, and sexual health. Much of the research focuses on causes and underlying mechanisms of mental disorders and novel ways to predict and optimize treatment efficacy.

The research of the new Assistant Professor has a clear focus on anxiety and/or trauma.

Your core tasks include:

  • Participating in teaching at a bachelor’s and master’s level. Teaching involves individual supervision; lectures and workgroups in clinically oriented courses;
  • Coordination of parts of the curriculum;
  • Participating in the research programme of the division;
  • High-quality publications in international scientific journals;
  • Contributing to the acquisition of external research funding for the benefit of one or more of the division’s research programmes. 

For our education and research programmes, a clinical registration is desirable. This job position is open to those with a clinical orientation as well as those who are more research oriented and those who are strongly oriented towards a teaching career.

We believe in a balance between individual and collective achievements. That’s why we assess both on individual and on team performances. We stimulate academic leadership and motivate good academic leadership at all levels. We encourage to share the results of scientific research with society so that we collectively get more done and the social contribution of the university also grows. We are searching for enthusiastic colleagues who recognize themselves in above values.

We are happy with you as a new employee and are happy to give you a warm welcome. That is why we organize a good introduction for our new colleagues where we introduce you to and show you around our faculty and University.


As our new Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology you meet the requirements below:

  • You have (or have nearly obtained) a PhD degree in the field of Clinical Psychology, or a related field.
  • You have experience in co-developing and co-coordinating academic courses.
  • You hold a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and Dutch at an academic level; Non-Dutch applicants should be willing to acquire proficiency in Dutch within 2 years.
  • You have scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in international peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed conferences.
  • You preferably have experience with experimental research.
  • Clinical registration or work experience in mental health care is preferred but not required.
  • You are a team player and have excellent social skills. 

We welcome applications from both Dutch and international candidates. We offer free Dutch language courses.


We offer a temporary position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €6,181 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, professional development, (partly paid) parental leave, sports and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow

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The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 7,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 1,100 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues. 

The faculty strives for diversity among its employees and students and is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, as can be read in Utrecht University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

The faculty attaches great importance to the fact that its employees can be widely deployed in the university organization, now and in the future, to further professionalize the support of education and research. To encourage this, every employee is given the time and facilities – for example in the form of training – at some point in their career to participate in projects or work in other departments. Characteristics that the faculty considers important are involvement, the ability to collaborate and flexibility.

The faculty is located at Utrecht Science Park near the historical city centre of Utrecht.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Professor Iris Engelhard at

Please note that international candidates that need a visa/work permit for the Netherlands require at least four months processing time after selection and acceptance. Our International Service Desk (ISD) can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff. Finding appropriate housing in or near Utrecht is your own responsibility, but the ISD may be able to advise you therewith. In case of general questions about working and living in The Netherlands, please consult the Dutch Mobility Portal.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply now’ button. An assessment may be part of the procedure.

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