Full professor in Work and Organizational Psychology University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Psychology Department Netherlands

Full professor in Work and Organizational Psychology



Publication date               13 May 2019

Closing date       23 June 2019

Level of education           PhD

Hours    38 hours per week

Salary indication               €5.582 to €8.127 gross per month

Vacancy number              19-299


Are you a passionate and impactful researcher and teacher in work and organizational psychology, or in a related field like social psychology, sports psychology, communication science, organizational behavior, organizational research methods, and/or behavioral economics? Do you have affinity and expertise with management and do you like mentoring junior staff? As effective of January 2020, we are seeking a full professor for this specialization.


Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the discipline of Psychology offers a range of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, while its research is carried out at the Psychology Research Institute (Psyres). As professor, you will be part of the Work and Organizational Psychology program group.


We are looking for a Full Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology


The interested candidate is internationally renowned and has made important contributions to knowledge development and application within work and organizational psychology (or in a related field like social psychology, sports psychology, communication science, organizational behavior, organizational research methods, and/or behavioral economics). In terms of content, the preferred candidate strengthens and complements the research activities of the program group. This means that, preferably, the candidate conducts multi-method research in the field of individual behavior in organizational contexts and thus complements the research program of the current structural professor (Prof. Astrid Homan).


What will you be doing?


The vacancy of the Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Amsterdam consists of a package of tasks comprising the following four components: education, research, valorization, and administrative tasks. More specifically, you will:


    conduct and publish high quality research (50% of the time), preferably in the area of individual behavior in organizational contexts;

    develop and teach courses and supervise students (max. 50% of the time, depending on management and grant acquisition) in the Bachelor, Master and/or Research Master program of Work- and Organizational Psychology;

    contribute to the board and management of the program group and/or department (max. 50% of the time);

    actively seek out (inter)national collaboration within and between disciplines;

    attract and supervise externally funded research projects;

    be active in translating your research to a broader audience and the field;

    supervise PhD students;

    be an active mentor of (junior) staff and stimulate within group collaborations;

    play a role in PhD education in the Kurt Lewin Institute or an equivalent;

    represent the field in international committees, editorial boards, and as a journal editor.


What do we require of you?


The candidate has a broad work and organization psychological profile, a proven strong track record of research in W&O psychology, as well as experience and/or affinity with recent insights and innovations in research within W&O psychology (e.g., network analysis, Big Data). The candidate is expected to show evidence of independence in research and to have expertise in the field of applied and fundamental research. Affinity and experience with valorization and knowledge dissemination of these ideas would be an asset. The candidate has an open and transparent communication style and is able to bring together different lines of research, stimulate cooperation and cohesion within the program group, and encourage and support the current innovations in transparency and quality around psychological research. There is a strong preference for a senior candidate with experience and expertise in guiding and stimulating more junior staff members. The candidate has extensive experience with (the coordination of) teaching and has affinity with the science-practitioner model in education. (Experience with curriculum development would be an asset). Affinity with management and experience with leadership positions at the university or in a professional organization is an advantage.


You have:


    a PhD in Work- and Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Sports Psychology, Communication Science, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Behavioral Economics, or similar;

    preferably a senior teacher qualification (e.g., SKO);

    extensive knowledge of current state-of-the-art of Work- and Organizational Psychology (within the research areas mentioned above);

    research (content and methodological) expertise that complements the current staff's expertise and backgrounds;

    expertise and/or affinity with interdisciplinary research bridging work and organizational psychology with adjacent research areas;

    high quality and impactful publications in international top journals (on a full professor-level);

    extensive experience with course development, teaching and good teaching evaluations;

    an extensive (inter)national network;

    demonstrable influence on the field through formal positions in international organizations, editorships, and editorial board membership

    demonstrable experience in applying and obtaining grants and funding for research projects;

    demonstrable experience and affinity with supervising and mentoring (junior) staff;

    demonstrable experience and affinity with management;

    command of Dutch or the willingness to learn within 2 years.


You are:


    a team-player;


    constructive in your communication style;







What can we offer you?


A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and sufficient scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. We cherish enquiring minds and persevering spirits, and allow you space to dig deeper with your questions. Diverse, unique, dynamic, internationally oriented and ambitious: these are all characteristics which typify UvA staff. Strongly committed to the city of Amsterdam and the international society of which it is part, the UvA stands for independence, creativity, innovation, an international perspective and a critical yet open mindset.

Further Information


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:


    Prof. Astrid C. Homan, Full Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology


Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website.



Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €5,582 and a maximum salary of €8,127 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale H2, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalization, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.

Job application


The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive (1) your CV, (2) a two-pager with your vision on teaching and research (i.e., a teaching and research statement), (3) your latest teaching evaluations, (4) two possible referents, (5) two recent papers (published or accepted within the last five years), and (6) a cover letter which explains, among other things, how your expertise complements that of the program group. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

You can apply online by clicking on the following link. The deadline for applications is 23 June 2019. The next step in the process consists of a presentation and an interview with the selection committee. Interviews will take place in September 2019. #LI-DNP    


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