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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Assistant Professor in Economic/Work and Organizational Psychology

24.05.2022, by Hannah Schäfer

Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Application deadline: June 12th, 2022

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The department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University is looking for an:
Assistant Professor in Economic/Work and Organizational Psychology
(0.8 – 1.0 FTE, 18 months, fixed-term with prospect of permanent position)

Start date: August/September 2022

Job description and qualifications
The research program of the department centers on decision making in its broadest sense. Department members seek to understand how economic, social, and organizational settings shape individual and interdependent decisions. The department uses a range of state-of–the-art research methods (online data collection, mobile computing, big data), has excellent research facilities (multi-use lab spaces, psychophysiological equipment), and has a dedicated research support staff (lab assistants, programmers,technical support).

The department’s educational program includes courses in the Dutch Bachelor of Psychology, the international Bachelor of Psychology, the Master's programs in Economic Psychology and Work and Organizational Psychology, and the Social Psychology track in the Research Master's degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The department has several research themes covering both basic and applied topics (examples in parentheses):

  • Economic and financial decision making (incl. poverty, inequality, uncertainty, incentives, as well as taxation, insurance, saving & spending)
  • Social and organizational decision making (incl. game theory, conflict & cooperation, and coalition formation, business ethics, lying & (dis)honesty)
  • Interpersonal/group decision making (incl. in/exclusion, threat, interdependence in relationships, collective action, and leader decision making, hiring/recruitment decisions, couple decision making, speed dating)
  • Emotion and well-being (incl. emotions, decision making, and well-being; measurement of emotion and well-being momentaneous and over time, and consumer satisfaction, work satisfaction, life satisfaction, job motivation, parenthood).

In addition to these themes there are cross cutting themes/questions, such as for example the role cultural differences, gender, and aging.
More information on the department can be found here. Tilburg University is committed to the ‘Recognition and Rewards’ initiative (information here).


  • Research (approximately 40%): we expect you to conduct and publish research and share our commitment to produce solid and transparent research.
  • Teaching (approximately 60%): we expect you to teach a variety of courses and supervise students at the BSc and MSc level. The department teaches in the international and the Dutch Bachelor of Psychology and provides teaching to other curricula across the University. Most courses are taught in English; however, some courses in the Dutch Bachelor require proficiency in Dutch. Proficiency in Dutch is therefore an advantage but not a requirement.
  • We expect you to contribute to academic citizenship (e.g., regular office hours in line with Covid regulations, participate in weekly lab meetings, colloquia).

Successful candidates have a strong affinity with research (basic and/or applied; field and/or lab). We are looking for candidates who are interested in topics in Economic Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology, and Social Psychology that advance insights into decision making. Our ideal candidate contributes to the department’s collaborative atmosphere and seeks to sustain our shared commitment to provide an excellent education for our students.

We seek applicants who:

  • completed a PhD in economic psychology, organizational psychology, or a related field;
  • have an interest in studying the psychology of decision making;
  • can teach courses in Economic Psychology and Work and Organizational Psychology, and supervise theses and internships in these programs;
  • ideally have experience with valorization of research (e.g., collaboration with stakeholders in the field, contributions to policy);
  • hold a basic teaching qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire one in the first year of employment;
  • are willing to submit applications for (inter)national research and/or teaching grants.

Language Policy:
Proficiency in English is mandatory (CFR: C2 level).

Terms of employment
Fixed-term contract: 18 months with the prospect of permanent employment.
Tilburg University offers an excellent benefits package and strives for a good work-life balance. Secondary employment conditions such as study facilities and the possibility of partly determining your own terms of employment by means of a so-called options model. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch universities (cao) applies. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the starting gross salary will vary between € 3807,- and € 5922,- per month (full time) based on scale 11 or 12 of the cao.
Employees from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary.
Tilburg University is an equal opportunity employer. Tilburg University applies equal policies and actively promotes transparent pay for men and women by applying predetermined parameters based on the candidate’s experience.

Applications and information
Additional information about Tilburg University and the Department of Social Psychology can be
retrieved from:
Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Willem van Genugten,
interim Head of Department, tel. +31 13 466 3160, e-mail:

Apply only by using the link here and include a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and
statements about research and teaching (max 2 A4), teaching evaluations (if available), and one
recent publication >>before June 12<<.
The (online) interviews will take place on June 28 and July 1, 2022.

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) is a modern, specialized faculty. The teaching and research of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are organized around the themes of Adaptive societies, organizations, and workers, Healthy life span, Personalized prevention and care. The School's inspiring working environment challenges its workers to realize their ambitions; involvement andcooperation are essential to achieve this.
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Recruitment code
Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

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