Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology (Universitaire Docent in Organisatie Psychologie m/v)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology (Universitaire Docent in Organisatie Psychologie m/v)
  • Doctorate
Many factors have an impact on how people feel and behave in work organizations. As the nature of work is rapidly changing -- due to various social changes and technological innovations -- it is important to understand the implications for leadership, organizational culture, team dynamics, personality assessment, and workplace health. The members of the organizational psychology section investigate how individuals, teams and organizations adapt to these changing contexts.
We are looking for a passionate researcher and teacher who can contribute to our organizational psychology section and join us as assistant professor per 1 January 2021. 

FTE: 1 - 1

Job description

Candidates are expected to have or develop a strong, innovating program of research that connects to the main research interests in Organizational Psychology.  We expect that in developing this program of research, the selected candidate will:
  • conduct and publish high quality research (50% of time) aligned the research program
  • develop and teach courses and supervise students (50% of time, depending on grant acquisition) in the Bachelors and Masters-programs
  • attract external funding for research projects and seek national and international collaborations
  • show departmental citizenship by contributing to research and teaching committees
  • engage in impact activities outside academia


  • A PhD in organizational psychology or a closely related field such as social psychology, evolutionary psychology, social/cognitive neuroscience, management, OB
  • First-authored articles in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Experience with teaching courses and supervising students
  • Having obtained or willingness to obtain University Teaching Qualification (BKO)
  • Affinity with the acquisition of external research funding
  • Good contacts with work organizations (industry/government)
  • Willingness to learn the Dutch language (active/passive)

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 €3,746 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,826 (scale 12), 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 initial employment contract will affect a period of 5 years, 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:
  • 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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

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
The organizational psychology section ( is part of the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology in the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences. The section’s research program investigates major themes such as leadership, organizational culture, personality assessment, team dynamics, work and health. We use innovating theoretical approaches and methodologies from experimental, social/evolutionary psychology, and social neuroscience. 
The Department of Psychology provides a vibrant climate with high quality teaching and research staff and PhD-students who are supported by excellent facilities for research and teaching (e.g., multiple labs for experimental research, neuroscience equipment, excellent contacts with industry and government, expertise in statistics and methodology).
Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit has a world-class reputation in terms of research and teaching, as indicated by international rankings, research assessments, high quality publications, high standards for teaching and mentoring, and frequent visits by international scientists.
The organizational psychology section has a strong commitment to theory development, innovative research, and applications to the workplace. 
Research and teaching have a strong international and interdisciplinary focus covering central themes in organizational psychology and closely related fields, supported by expert teachers from the Netherlands and abroad. 
The section hosts the Amsterdam leadership lab ( and participates in various research institutes and graduate schools, such as the Faculty graduate school (, Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (, the Kurt Lewin Institute (www.kurtlewininstituut.nll) and the WAOP ( We participate in the international Bachelor’s in Psychology and offer a specialist and popular  international Master’s program in Work and Organizational Psychology.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload
- an application letter with your motivation to apply
- your CV
- a statement with your vision on research and teaching
- recent teaching evaluations

Application deadline: October 15, 2020.
The job interviews will take place in November 2020 (on campus or online).  

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
For questions (by mail or phone) please contact
Name: prof. dr. Mark van Vugt
Telephone: +31653853831
Name: prof. dr. Reinout de Vries
Telephone: +31630422847
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