Assistant Professor of Psychology
Utrecht University

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Job description

The department of Psychology has an opening for Assistant Professor in the domain of Social, Health and Organisational Psychology. The positions are embedded within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Our teaching is implemented in the Bachelor's programme Psychology, the one-year Master's programme Social, Health and Organisational Psychology (SHOP), the research Master's Social and Health Psychology and in the Bachelor's programme and research Master's programme Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our department also teaches courses at University College Utrecht and provides Teaching for Professionals. Teaching includes (large-scale) lectures, (small-scale) seminars, and (individual) internship and thesis supervision, along with more general tasks of coordination and administration.

In terms of research, our SHOP programme combines fundamental and applied approaches. Core themes studied within our programme include cognition and social behaviour; self-regulation and behaviour change; interpersonal relationships; work, performance and well-being; diversity and inclusion; and radicalisation. Moreover, within our university, our group collaborates with other disciplines within the interdisciplinary strategic themes ‘Institutions for Open Societies’, ‘Dynamics of Youth’, and ‘Pathways to Sustainability’ and ‘Focus area Human-Centered AI’. Our group is committed to team science and practices Open Science.

We are looking for an Assistant Professor who can strengthen our teaching and research in the domains relevant to the Social, Health and Organizational Psychology group, and specifically within the research theme ‘Diversity and Inclusion in Organisations’.

We believe individual and collective achievements should be in balance. That’s why we assess both individual and team performance. We stimulate good academic leadership at all levels. And last but not least we encourage researchers to share the results of scientific research with society to increase the university’s societal impact. 


We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who meets multiple of the following requirements:

  • You hold (or nearly finishing) a PhD degree in the field of social and/or organisational psychology, or a related field.
  • Your research profile shows a clear interest in the theme “Diversity and Inclusion” and preferably also aligns with and complements those studied in our SHOP research programme.
  • You have scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in international peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed conferences.
  • You have experience with communicating and working together with societal stakeholders.
  • You hold a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire one soon.
  • You have experience and skills in academic teaching.
  • You have experience in (co)developing and (co)coordinating academic courses.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English at an academic level.
  • You are fluent in Dutch or willing to learn Dutch, as we believe that understanding and speaking Dutch makes it easier to teach and connect with colleagues. We offer free Dutch language courses.


We offer:

  • an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team. We will guide you in your research and teaching tasks, which will help you develop your academic career;
  • a position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for one year, after a positive evaluation at the end of the first year, the appointment will be made permanent;
  • a full-time gross salary between €4,332 and €6,737 in scale 11/12 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. 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.

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 additional information, please contact Belle Derks at


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 (no references necessary at this point), via the ‘apply’ button below.

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