Postdoctoral researcher for a project on the Psychology of Science Scepticism
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Psychology

Postdoctoral researcher for a project on the Psychology of Science Scepticism

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Psychology

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Postdoctoral researcher for a project on the Psychology of Science Scepticism

Publication date 16 September 2019

Closing date 18 October 2019

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,637 to €4,978 gross per month

Vacancy number 19-585

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a 3-year postdoctoral position on a project on the psychology of science scepticism, which is funded by an ERC grant awarded to Dr Bastiaan Rutjens. We are looking for someone who either has already obtained their PhD or will defend their thesis before the project commences. Within the project, you will work closely together with the other members of the core project team, which will consist of Bastiaan Rutjens, two PhD students, and a research assistant.


The postdoctoral researcher will be embedded in the Social Psychology programme group at the University of Amsterdam. Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the discipline of Psychology offers a range of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programmes, while its research is carried out at the Psychology Research Institute (Psyres). The successful candidate will be part of the Social Psychology programme group.


Job description
Increases in science scepticism among the public represent an important societal challenge. While recent research has shed light on some of the ideological correlates of specific manifestations of science scepticism - such as climate change denial and vaccine hesitancy - a unifying psychological principle that can be applied to science scepticism more generally has not yet been identified. In this project, psychological distance to science will be investigated as a precursor of science scepticism in various domains. This will be done with large-scale cross-national surveys, controlled experiments, and daily diary studies.


The postdoctoral researcher will work with Dr Bastiaan Rutjens at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which is ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings. The University of Amsterdam has access to state-of-the-art research facilities (Psychology labs / Spinoza center) to implement and coordinate the proposed research. The postdoctoral researcher will report the research results at project meetings, conferences and in international journals.



  • A PhD in Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Sociology, Communication Science, or equivalent programme;
  • a research profile fitting the research project described above;
  • high-quality publications in international, peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • passion for research and a demonstrable interest in the topic of the project;
  • strong methodological and statistical skills; in particular experience with longitudinal research design and analysis (e.g., experience sampling) and multilevel analysis;
  • experience with teaching; particularly thesis supervision at the bachelor and master level (with good evaluations);
  • strong writing skills;
  • excellent English proficiency.

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

Dr Bastiaan Rutjens

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


The postdoctoral researcher position is for three years (initial employment is 24 months and after a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended with 12 months. Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly salary will be between €3,637 and €4,978 (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities).


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 look forward to receiving:

  • your CV;
  • a letter explaining your motivation and qualifications;
  • two recent publications that are representative of your research;
  • the names of 2 references.

The deadline for applications is 18 October 2019.

You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

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