STRENGTHS: Scaling up psychological interventions with Syrian refugees

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • STRENGTHS: Scaling up psychological interventions with Syrian refugees
  • University Graduate
Are you fluent in Arabic and do you like working in a multidisciplinary team? Apply for this position at the VU University Amsterdam (VU).

FTE:         0,4 - 0,5

Job description

You will be working in an international team for a scientific study on psychological interventions among Syrian refugees. As research assistant you will be responsible for data-collection for the study trial in the Netherlands.

Your duties
  • recruitment of Syrian research participants
  • administration of questionnaires and interviews in Arabic
  • administation and processing of research data


  • fluent in Arabic (preference: Syrian region)
  • educational background in relevant field (for example in psychology, health or education)
  • good social skills
  • experience with the administration of questionnaire
  • experience with MS Office

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2.579 and a maximum €3.445 (scale 8), depending on your education and experience. The job profile (onderwijs en onderzoeksmedewerker 1) is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0,4 FTE. The initial employment contract will affect a period of 3 months, with the possibility of extension.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.

About the department, institute, project
STRENGTHS is a large-scale, EU-funded research project in Europe and the Middle East. In this project we investigate whether brief psychological intervention are effective in alleviating psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety symptoms. The study is carried out at the department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 30 January 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Anne de Graaff
Position: Researcher
Telephone: +31 20 59 83833

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