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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Job opening: Assistant Professor in Social, Economic, or Work and Organizational Psychology (20964)

21.09.2022, by Hannah Schäfer

Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Application deadline: October 5th, 2022

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The department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University is looking for an:

Assistant Professor in Social, Economic, or Work and Organizational Psychology
(0.8 – 1.0 FTE, 18 months, fixed-term with prospect of permanent position)

Start date: January 2023

We are looking for an Assistant Professor to join our department, with a focus on Social Psychology, Economic Psychology, or Work and Organizational Psychology.
Specifically, we are looking for colleagues that have expertise in teaching basic and advanced courses in (Cross-)cultural Psychology, and practical courses on intercultural skills (to both psychology and non-psychology students).

We seek applicants who:

  • completed a PhD in Social, Economic, Work and Organizational psychology, or a related field;
  • have an interest in studying the psychology of decision making as laid out by the research themes;
  • can teach courses in Social, Economic, and Work and Organizational Psychology and supervise theses and internships in these programs;
  • have specific expertise in teaching basic and advanced courses in (Cross-)Cultural Psychology, and practical courses on intercultural skills (to both psychology and non-psychology students).
  • ideally have experience with valorization of research (e.g., collaboration with stakeholders in the field, contributions to policy);
  • hold a basic University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/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;
  • contribute to the department’s collaborative atmosphere and seek to sustain our shared commitment to provide an excellent education for our students


  • Research (approximately 50%): we expect you to conduct and publish research and share our commitment to produce solid and transparent research.
  • Teaching (approximately 50%): we expect you to teach a variety of courses (we aim for two courses per academic year) 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 not a requirement.
  • We expect you to also contribute to tasks related to the management and (self-)administration of the department (e.g., organization of colloquia, lab meetings, etc.).
  • We expect you to contribute to the group and academic citizenship (e.g., regular office hours in line with Covid regulations, participate in weekly lab meetings, colloquia).

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. We take pride in the excellent evaluations by our students, and our course coordinators have received numerous awards over the years.

The research program of the department centers decision making in its broadest sense. Department members seek to understand how economic, social, and organizational settings shape individual and interdependent decisions.

  • 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)
  • 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, such as the role of cultural differences, gender, and aging.

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).

More information on the department can be found here. A complete overview of the department staff can be found here.

Terms of 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. Tilburg University is committed to the ‘Recognition and Rewards’ initiative (information here).
Depending on the candidate’s experience, the starting gross salary will vary between € 3.974,- and € 6.181,- per month (full time) based on scale 11 or 12 of the cao.

Fixed-term contract: 18 months with the prospect of permanent employment.

You are entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours a week, you will receive 41 leave days per year.

Employees from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary.

All university employees are covered by a pension scheme for civil servants (“Ambtenarenpensioenfonds” ABP).

Tilburg University values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our staff and students, so that everyone feels at home in our university community.

Tilburg University has a beautiful green campus that is easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and invite you to make an active contribution to this.

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

Applications and information
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: or from the chair of the search committee, Dr. Michael Bender, e-mail:

Apply only by using the link below 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.

Deadline: Submit your applications at the latest on October 5th, 2022.

We will inform applicants about the status of their application on October 10th, 2022.

Online interviews will take place on October 17th or October 18th, 2022. Soon after, we will communicate the decision.

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) is a modern, specialized university. 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 and cooperation 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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