Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology
Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences

Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 6,940
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: permanent
  • Application deadline: 30 September 2020

We are looking for

For this position we are looking for an associate professor to strengthen our research and teaching in developmental psychology. We are looking for a colleague who will initiate new research lines, make clear connections with our existing research and teaching, and strengthen and complement our current successful research projects and courses. In our research and teaching, the normative developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology perspectives are intertwined. Most of our research covers the age range from early childhood to young adulthood. Our teaching is organised from a life-span developmental perspective. You will conduct rigorous research (theory-informed to be applied to practice), share your findings through presentations and publications, and write grant applications in the spirit of team science with others within the Social Development programme. Your proficiency will strengthen and complement the expertise of the current researchers in the social development programme. Collaborations with researchers from other programmes in the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) are also valued, as our developmental research has various connections to the work of researchers from other BSI programmes. The developmental perspective also has clear links with the overarching BSI themes. 

One of our priorities for the future is to continue our ongoing longitudinal studies in normative social development, and we therefore hope that you will make ample use of the opportunities for internal collaboration on these projects. More broadly, you will contribute to the consolidation of the quantity and quality of our scientific output and the international visibility of our researchers, and you will be a mentor to junior staff and PhD candidates. As our fundamental research has clear links with practice (child care, schools, interventions), there is also room for translational research.

You have a passion for teaching. Your own expertise fits well within the existing expertise of the Department of Developmental Psychology, and forms an appropriate and useful extension thereof, for example in the areas of emotional, personality and/or identity development. Together with your colleagues, you will teach a number of courses, both in Dutch and English, and coordinate some of them. You will contribute to the ongoing content maintenance and actualisation of the courses you teach, and also to the curriculum to which they belong. You are clearly interested in educational innovation.

Finally, you will contribute to management tasks related to research, teaching and personnel within our programme and to management tasks associated with the programme for the benefit of the research and teaching institutes of which we are part (BSI and Psychology) and the Faculty of Social Sciences. You will be expected to participate in management tasks such as annual progress evaluations, committee memberships, programme assessments, search committees, and recruitment activities.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in developmental psychology or a related field.
  • An outstanding track record in developmental psychology (or a closely related field), as evidenced by high-quality publications in academic journals and grants/fellowships obtained.
  • Affinity for longitudinal research in developmental science.
  • Extensive experience with providing inspirational and high-quality teaching and coordination of courses and teaching programmes, as evidenced by a University Teaching Qualification (BKO).
  • A proven record of supervising doctoral candidates to successful completion.
  • Proven competence in acquiring external research funding.
  • Affinity and experience with knowledge dissemination and societal impact.
  • An interdisciplinary attitude and interest in collaboration with other research groups.
  • The ability and willingness to actively participate in management tasks related to the programme and for the benefit of the research and teaching institutes and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Management skills; the ability to motivate and actively engage staff members.
  • A collaborative attitude and the ability to work well in a team on research and teaching.
  • An excellent command of spoken and written Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch).
  • An excellent command of spoken and written English, preferably at Cambridge Proficiency level C1.
  • An academic philosophy and vision that matches Radboud University's mission statement.

We are

We are searching for an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology in the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and the School of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. You will contribute to the Social Development research programme (led by Toon Cillessen), the Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology (domain: Development and Mental Health), the Master's degree programme in Health Care Psychology, and the Research Master's programme in Behavioural Science. You will also actively participate in management tasks related to the programme for the benefit of the institutes. The Developmental Psychology unit currently includes 8 full-time and 16 part-time faculty with 5.0 FTEs for research (tenured 3.5 FTEs, non-tenured 1.5 FTEs, 8 PhD candidates) and 7.0 FTEs for teaching (tenured 4.0 FTEs, non-tenured 3.0 FTEs). The School of Psychology offers excellent degree programmes for approximately 1,800 students: the Bachelor's programme in Psychology is a lively international programme with excellent teachers and a yearly admission of approximately 450 students. The Master's programme in Psychology has three specialisations that prepare students for an academic or professional career: Health Care Psychology; Work, Organisation and Health; and Behaviour Change. 

The School of Psychology offers Research Master's programmes in Behavioural Science (in association with the BSI) and Cognitive Neuroscience (in association with the Donders Institute).

The Behavioural Science Institute is a multidisciplinary institute for behavioural research. BSI researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. The BSI has seven research programmes covering three major themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. BSI scientists conduct both fundamental and applied research. The BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological measures, and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments.

The Social Development programme involves fundamental and applied research on social development and related processes from childhood to young adulthood. The programme has a long tradition of longitudinal research. We aim to contribute new knowledge to developmental science and promote positive development through innovative research projects, high-impact publications, dissertations, and the dissemination of findings to a broad audience. It is our ambition that this knowledge will be relevant for positive developments in clinical and educational settings. Working with both typical and atypical populations, we study caregiver-child interaction in early and middle childhood; peer relationships in middle childhood and adolescence; how social facets of development interact with cognitive/motivational and neural ones; future discounting; and the evolution of developmental mechanisms. We combine perspectives and methods ranging from longitudinal and observational designs to more specialised methods from psychobiology, neuroscience, and social network analysis. These include sequential analysis, psychophysiology and hormonal assessments, neuropsychological paradigms, fMRI, sociometric methods, dynamic social network modelling, and longitudinal data analysis. 

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 6,940 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 14).
  • The exact salary will depend on your qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 1 year, followed by a permanent position if succesful.
  • The intended start date is 1 November 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: 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?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Toon Cillessen, Chair of Developmental Psychology
Tel.: +31 24 361 25 69 or +31 24 361 55 50 (secr.)

Dr. Gerbert Haselager, Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology
Tel.: +31 24 361 25 33

Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof. dr. Toon Cillessen and submit it, using the application button, no later than 30 September 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.
You may be asked to give a trial lecture in English and to do a writing assignment.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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