Developmental and Educational Psychology Unit of the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition (LIBC) is looking for a highly talented staff member for the position of

Assistant professor in Developmental Psychology (1,00 FTE)  
Vacancy number 22-488 12422

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the research program of the unit, in particular on the study of child and adolescent development in the school context;
  • Contribute to further developing the research programme of the unit, and make an effort to acquire external research funds;
  • Make research results public in peer-reviewed journals, at scientific conferences and other professional meetings;
  • Make efforts to share research results with a wider audience through (social) media and other public outreach;
  • Teach BSc and MSc courses (School psychology and/or Child and Adolescent Psychology) and Research master specializations and supervise students at different stages of their education (first year tutorials, Bachelor research project, Master thesis, Professional internship);
  • Participate in administrative and organizational tasks;
  • Participate in the Dutch Society for Developmental Psychology (VNOP);
  • Connect to the nationally formulated sector plan for the Social Sciences and Humanities (theme Educational Sciences).

 The distribution of education vs. research is 60%-40%.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong track record, evident from (among others) a completed PhD thesis (in English) and peer-reviewed international publications on topics in developmental psychology, educational science, educational neuroscience or related fields;
  • Proven track-record in fundamental research that contributes to understanding child and adolescent development, particularly in the social and/or school context, such as (school) motivation, (social) learning processes, and educational neuroscience. This focus is in line with the nationally formulated sector plan for the Social Sciences and Humanities (theme Educational Sciences);
  • Strong statistical and methodological skills (e.g., familiarity with software for programming and data-analysis like R, Python, O-Tree and SPSS, computational modeling); 
  • Excellent teaching abilities, and experience with various types of teaching and supervision of students at different stages of their education;
  • Meeting the requirements set for a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or be able to meet these requirements in the near future.
  • Contributing to a positive work environment and open science;
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English.
  • Dutch proficiency is preferable.

 About the faculty
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences consists of five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 1,025 employees. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences brings together high-quality research and outstanding teaching as well as in multidisciplinary approaches. Please, visit the faculty’s website for more information. 

Terms and conditions
This employment contract is part of the nationally formulated sector plan for the Social Sciences and Humanities (theme Educational Sciences). The appointment is 1.0 fte; part-time appointment is negotiable. We offer a 12 months position, with the possibility of tenure thereafter. Depending on experience, salary ranges from € 3,974.- to € 6,181.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11 or 12), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

For further information, please contact the departmental secretarial office

Please submit online your application no later than 22nd August 2022 via the blue button of our application system). Applicants should submit online a letter of interest and a cv with a list of publications.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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