Assistant/Associate Professor in Organizational Neuroscience

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Organizational Neuroscience
  • Doctorate
Do you have a completed PhD-thesis on a topic relevant to organizational behavior (or a closely related field, such as experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, social/organizational psychology, management sciences)? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1

Job description

Candidates are expected to either have or develop a strong, innovating program of research that connects to joint research interests of the departments. We expect that in developing their program of research, the selected candidate
(a) acquires grants to support their research,
(b) conducts excellent teaching,
(c) helps to set-up a joint Masters program
(d) engages in valorization activities.
The candidate will also supervise Masters-students and, where possible, PhD-students.  


  • a completed PhD-thesis on a topic relevant to organizational behavior (or a closely related field, such as experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, social/organizational psychology, management sciences)
  • demonstrable expertise in neuroscience methods (e.g., hormones, fMRI, EEG, GSR)
  • first authored articles in peer-reviewed international journals
  • teaching experience in organizational and management sciences (including executive teaching) 
  • demonstrable expertise in acquisition of external research funding
  • excellent contacts with industry  
  • willingness to learn to speak Dutch

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 €4,406 (scale 12)
and a maximum €6,133 (scale 13), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will be full-time for an initial period of  5 years, starting (at the latest) from September 1st 2020, with the possibility of continuation, pending satisfactory teaching and research performance, and grant acquisition, according to university-level criteria. Depending upon the experience of the selected candidate, an upgrade to an associate professorship is possible.    

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
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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.

About the departments
This is a shared position between the Departments of Experimental & Applied Psychology (Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences) and Management & Organisation (School of Business and Economics) to build further bridges in research and teaching in Organizational Behavior with a  particular focus on experimental and cognitive neuroscience methods (e.g., leadership neuroscience). The host department for this position is Psychology.
The research program of these departments investigates major themes such as leadership, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, organizational justice, work stress and HRM. We use innovating theoretical approaches and methodologies from psychological and management sciences.
The involved departments provide a vibrant, international research climate with high quality academic staff and PhD-students who are supported by excellent research facilities (e.g., multiple labs for experimental research, equipment for organizational neuroscience, excellent contacts with industry and government, and expertise in statistics and methodology). 
Both departments have an excellent international reputation in psychological and management sciences as indicated by excellent research assessments, high quality publications, high standards for teaching and mentoring, and frequent visits by international scientists.
Research and teaching have a strong international and interdisciplinary focus covering central themes in organizational psychology and closely related fields, supported by expert teachers.
Faculty in these departments participate in various research institutes and graduate schools such as the VU Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (, Amsterdam Business Research Institute ( and the Amsterdam Leadership Lab ( We participate in various Bachelor’s and Master’s teaching programs, including executive teaching.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 28 February 2020. The job interviews are expected to take place in the middle of March 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

For questions (by email or phone) please contact:
Prof dr. Mark van Vugt, ,  (+31 205985323)
Position: Head Organizational Psychology Section
Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova, (+31 20 59 82414). 
Position: Head of Department Management & Organisation

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