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Postdoctoral researchers Behavioural and Social Sciences (5.6-7.0 FTE) (222496-02)

Job description

Working towards resilient societies, transparent science and alignment with the job market: these are three of the themes that Social and Behavioural Sciences faculties at Dutch universities are focusing on. We are starting to implement the joint sector plan ‘From insight to impact’, for developing solutions to urgent social issues and strengthening the impact of science.

Therefore, we are looking for seven highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral fellows with a PhD degree in the field of social sciences. With other colleagues, your research will contribute to one of the following topics:

Resilience in Youth – 2 positions (application form
Vacancy number 222496-97
Tina Kretschmer, email: t.kretschmer

Societal Transitions and Behavioral Change – 2 positions (application form
Vacancy number 222498-99
Rafael Wittek, email: r.p.m.wittek

Mental Health – 2 positions (application form
Vacancy number 222500-01
Peter de Jonge: email:

Educational Sciences – 1 position (application form
Vacancy number 222502
Hanke Korpershoek, email: h.korpershoek

The available positions are for a period of two years each. The topics connect with the research programmes within our faculty's research institutes. We have in total seven positions available.
You will set up research collaborations with colleagues both within the UG and from other Dutch Social and Behavioural faculties, in order to develop a research agenda, and draw up a substantial grant proposal within the relevant theme. There is a possibility to teach, for all positions the appointment is divided into 90% research and 10% teaching.

For more information about the research and the positions, please visit:


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

• a PhD degree in one of the social science areas, or if your PhD thesis has been accepted by the review committee
• relevant publication record and excellent research skills
• a strong cooperative attitude and a clear interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research
• the ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English and preferably Dutch (or willingness to learn Dutch)
• ability to work independently and manage joint research activities
• a team player with good communication skills.


The University of Groningen has an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institute of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage our 36,000 students and 7,500 staff members to develop their own individual talents. Ranking among the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, we are truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. The thematic profiling for teaching and research within the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is based on our common denominator: Societal and individual resilience. This heading includes teaching and research on changes in society and their effects on people—on migration, the environment and climate, health, upbringing, education, the protection of vulnerable minorities and the implementation of effective and sustainable cooperation within and between groups. It also includes the domain of care for extremely vulnerable children and families, and—more generally—diagnostics (and psycho-diagnostics), healthy ageing and the treatment of people with physical disabilities or mental health problems.

For more information about the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, see:

Conditions of employment

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) we are offering you:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, of a minimum of € 3,557 (salary scale 10, number 4) to a maximum of € 4,670 (maximum scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
• an excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
• favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment
• a research position of 0.8-1.0 FTE for a period of two years.

Starting from 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible


Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• a motivation letter stating your motivation to apply for the position and research topic you prefer and your key qualities relevant for this position
• an up-to-date curriculum vitae
• a short proposal (max. 2 pages) sketching your potential interdisciplinary contribution to one of the four research themes you prefer and the specific research questions
• contact information of two academic references.

You can submit your application until 21 August 11:59pm / before 22 August 2022 Dutch local time (CET) via the links in the job description.

The job interviews are scheduled on 31 August 2022, 1 September 2022 and 2 September 2022.

Candidates may be asked to give a presentation.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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