Vacancies Sector Plan Social Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, is looking for 7 Postdoctoral Researchers in the areas of:
For all positions, candidates should have obtained a PhD degree in a relevant subfield of the social sciences (or will shortly obtain the PhD degree). We expect that candidates are prepared to work across social science disciplines in order to advance their thematic topic.
When you are interested in one of the vacancies, please apply by sending in an application letter, your CV, and other relevant documents. Do also send in a short proposal (max 2 pages) sketching your potential contribution to the research theme.
The thematic profiling for our teaching and research 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.
In the coming five years, we aim to sharpen our profile even more according to the themes mentioned. We will do this under the heading of three themes for both teaching and research:
- Resilience in youth
- Mental health
- Societal transitions and behavioural change
Also we will invest extra resources in educational science (broadly understood). Our faculty offers four Bachelor’s degree programmes (Academic Teacher Training for Primary Education; Sociology; Pedagogy and Educational Sciences; and Psychology) and six Master’s degree programmes (Research Master Behavioural and Social Sciences; Educational Sciences; Pedagogical Sciences; Psychology; Sociology and the Teacher Training programmes.
Our research is organized in three institutes (Heymans Institute for psychology, Nieuwenhuis institute for pedagogical and educational sciences, and teacher training, and ICS/Sociology). Our Research Master programme Behavioural and Social Sciences provides three tracks that fit in with our research and teaching themes (Mental health: perspectives from neuro- and clinical psychology; Lifespan Development and Socialization; and Understanding Societal Change).
In the Netherlands, Europe and worldwide, there are many complex social issues at stake. The most recent example is the outbreak of COVID-19, where it became clear that this is not only a medical and epidemiological issue, but also a social and behavioural one. There are many other similar issues. What is our answer to the growing gap between rich and poor? Why is it that the number of people with mental health problems is increasing and what can we do to counter this trend? How are we really going to stop global warming? How can we restore the eroding trust in democratic institutions? And how should we deal with the increasing control by algorithms in everyday life and economy?
Human behaviour in social, economic and institutional structures plays a key role in such questions. This was well illustrated by the outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on society. Understanding human behaviour, sustainable transitions and the foundations of stable and resilient organisations is necessary to solve complex social issues. The Social and Behavioural Sciences offer these insights. But in order to work on sustainable solutions, more intensive cooperation within and outside the disciplines of our domain is necessary.
[From: Van Inzicht naar Impact]
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