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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Postdoctoral researcher for research project on the Social Impact of Art

06.03.2020, by Tina Keil

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Application deadline: April 15th, 2020

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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a 2-year postdoc position on the social psychology of aesthetics, which is part of the ARTIS project (Art and Research on Transformation of Individuals and Societies) funded by a Horizon 2020 consortium grant. ARTIS will address the need to capture, assess, and harness the societal impact of the arts by providing novel methodological tools, and building bridges among scientists, artists, and policy-makers. Within the project, you will have the opportunity to work closely together with other consortium members, including the University of Vienna, Humboldt University of Berlin, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Oxford, and Aarhus University.

The postdoctoral researcher will be embedded in the Social Psychology program group.

The current project is about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their role as social actors or agents of social change. Some of the questions we are asking are: What motives drive artists to make art? Through what phycological mechanisms can art induce social and cultural change? What contextual factors may contribute or act as barriers to art’s transformative potential? The PhD candidate is expected to build on their own strengths and methodological expertise to investigate the societal impact of the arts.

The postdoc will work with Dr Eftychia Stamkou at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam, which is ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings. The University of Amsterdam has access to state-of-the-art research facilities to implement and coordinate the proposed research. The postdoc will report the research results at project meetings, conferences, and in international journals.


  • A PhD in social psychology, cultural psychology, neuroscience, or equivalent program;
  • a research profile fitting the research project described above;
  • high-quality publications in international, peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • passion for research and a demonstrable interest in the topic of the project;
  • strong methodological and statistical skills;
  • strong writing skills;
  • excellent English proficiency;
  • experience with research on empirical aesthetics.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours per week for a term of initially one year. If the candidate proves suitable, barring unforeseen developments, we intend to extend the term for another 12 months. Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly salary will be €3,637 in the first year, increasing to €3,773 in the second year (in keeping with scale 11), as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact: Dr Eftychia Stamkou

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