The Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit has a vacancy for an:

Assistant Professor in Health Psychology as part of the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit (0,8 – 1.0 FTE)  
Vacancy number 22-496 12426

Your research and teaching profile should be relevant to the domain of health psychology with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. The research can be more fundamental and/or applied, using various (e.g, qualitative or quantitative, including experimental studies) methods, and focus on mechanisms of health behavior (change) as well as the development and testing of interventions. You will contribute to the health and medical psychology teaching program (at the Bachelor and Master level) offered by the unit, as well as courses on health behavior within interdisciplinary programs in which the unit participates, and you will supervise students at different stages of their education. You will be expected to apply for research grants from Dutch and European funding agencies. In addition to contributing to ongoing teaching and research, you will play a role in the ongoing innovation of the curriculum offered by the department.

The focus of our Team at Leiden University is on an interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative approach to health promotion and disease prevention. With our research we aim to understand and change health behavior in various contexts, using a large variety of strategies, tools and interventions from the health psychologists’ toolbox. The applicant should have an interdisciplinary orientation and a diverse professional network. In the health and medical psychology curriculum, you will teach students to become scientist practitioners and you will prepare your students to evaluate and use new methods and techniques in their professional careers.

You have an excellent research and teaching background, as well as a PhD on a topic relevant to the profile of this vacancy. You conduct your research according to Open Science principles and you have experience with state of the art methodological and statistical approach and software. You are a team player, but you are also able to supervise and conduct independent empirical research. You are motivated and willing to write external grant proposals and you have broad experience and affinity with teaching at the academic level. Both Dutch and English language proficiency (or the intention to reach it) is required. The candidate will be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs).

 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
A position for 0.8-1.0 fte at the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit at the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. The salary level depends on previous research and teaching experience and ranges between € 3.974.- to € 6.181.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11 or 12 for assistant professor), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Successful candidates will be appointed for one year (probation) with the possibility of tenure thereafter. The position encompasses teaching at various levels and research.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. 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.

Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. dr. Hanneke Hulst, head of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit. Tel 071 – 527 3627, Email:

For further information about our unit and its teaching and research activities, please visit our website:

Candidates should submit a letter of application (specifying the vacancy number), accompanied by: a detailed curriculum vitae; a research profile (1-2 pages); teaching statement (1-2 page description of courses taught and teaching interest); and the names and contact information for two references (no letters). Applications can be submitted until August 22nd. Interviews are on September, 2nd. 

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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