Associate Professor of Psychology
Utrecht University

Associate Professor of Psychology


Job description
The Department of Psychology has a job opening for an Associate Professor Clinical Psychology. This position is embedded within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and contains a combination of teaching (60%) and research (40%). As an Associate Professor you will be employed in the Clinical Psychology division of the Department of Psychology.

To be appointed as an Associate Professor you need to have:
  • experience and leadership in curriculum development;
  • success in supervising PhD students towards their doctorates;
  • high visibility, scientific impact, and strong international reputation;
  • proven ability to obtain external funding;
  • excellent organizational and management skills;
  • experience in regular department/faculty duties. 
As our new Associate Professor you will be a role model and a key member of the division. 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 Clinical Psychology covers different research topics, including trauma, anxiety, prolonged grief, body image disturbance, sexual health, depression, and suicidality. 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 you as our Associate Professor to be appointed is preferably in line with one or more of these topics.

The core tasks include:

  • participating in teaching at a Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Teaching involves individual supervision of clinical internships and research theses; workgroups supervision, lectures and independent coordination of parts of the curriculum;
  • supervising PhD candidates in their research;
  • participating in one of both research programmes (psychotraumatology or depression and suicidality);
  • carrying out and supervising research within this programme;
  • publishing research findings in high impact international scientific journals;
  • initiating and contributing to the acquisition of substantial external research funding for the benefit of the research programme.

We believe individual and collective achievements should be in balance. That is why we assess both individual and team performance. We stimulate good academic leadership at all levels. Last but not least, we encourage researchers to share the results of scientific research with society so collectively we can achieve more and increase the university’s contribution to society. We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who subscribes these values.


As our new Associate Professor Clinical Psychology you will have to meet the requirements below. You hold a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology or a related field:

  • You have experience and excellent teaching skills, as evidenced by positive teaching assessments, and experience in designing and coordinating (large) academic courses (e.g., courses related to psychopathology, psychodiagnostics, and/or preventative and curative interventions). You are interested in innovations in teaching methods and optimizing the quality of teaching as well.
  • You have scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent (international) peer-reviewed publications.
  • You have a record of research grant acquisition and international collaboration and visibility.
  • You are a team player and have excellent social skills. You have experience with supervising (junior) staff members as well.
  • You have relevant clinical experience as evidenced by actual working experience in the field of mental health care and/or by clinical registrations (e.g., as licensed cognitive behavioural therapist, psychotherapist, and/or clinical psychologist).
  • You hold a Senior Qualification in teaching or research, or you are willing to acquire this qualification(s) in the near future.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and Dutch at an academic level.

We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team.


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 €5,506 and €7,362 (scale 13/14 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 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.

You can watch the Utrecht University Campus Tour to get an impression of our university.

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 Paul Boelen (Head of Department) 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, via the ‘apply now’ button.

If you know someone who is suitable for this position, please share the vacancy.

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.

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