Postdoc Public Support Covid-19 Behavioural Policies (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University


September 27, 2021


Postdoc Public Support Covid-19 Behavioural Policies (1.0 FTE)

Job description

The Departments of Social, Health and Organizational Psychology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences have a job opening for a Postdoc researching Public Support for Covid-19 Behavioural Policies. The position is embedded within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and will be part of a behavioural science consortium, initiated by the Corona Behavioural Unit of the RIVM, to draw the key scientific lessons from behavioural science data collected during the pandemic. As part of that you will participate in a group of six postdoctoral Researchers, who will also receive dedicated training opportunities on topics such as longitudinal and missing data analysis, and on making scientific study results valuable for policy makers and communication professionals.

To stop spreading the corona virus, unprecedented behavioural measures have been implemented by public health authorities, including lockdowns, distancing, mouth masks, and vaccination. Whilst public support for these measures is generally high and has continued for a long period of time, significant parts of the population have expressed concern and are unwilling to adhere to these measures. The objectives of the Postdoc project are twofold:


We believe individual and collective achievements should be in balance. That's why we assess both individual and team performance. We stimulate good academic leadership at all levels. And last but not least we encourage Researchers to share the results of scientific research with society, so collectively we can achieve more and increase the university's contribution to society.

We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague (m/f/x) who subscribes to the values above and meets the requirements below:

  • You are a teamplayer and have strong interpersonal skills for building contact with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • You hold (or have nearly obtained) a PhD degree in the field of Psychology, or a similar or related field of social science.
  • You favour a multidisciplinary understanding of the complex topic of support for public policies.
  • You have experience and are skilled in the advanced analysis of longitudinal data from large datasets.
  • You are familiar with qualitative methods such as focus groups.
  • You have scientific creativity and productivity, as demonstrated in recent publications in international peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed conferences.
  • Your English is fluent in speaking and writing at an academic level.
  • You speak Dutch at a level which allows you to independently perform data analyses on existing data (in Dutch).
  • Offer

    We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team. We will guide you in your research tasks, which will help develop your academic career.

  • We offer a position for a period of three years (1.0 FTE). The gross monthly salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,836 and €5,211, based on a full-time employment (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities);
  • The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday bonus of 8%, and an end- of-year bonus of 8.3% per year;
  • We also offer a pension scheme.
  • And that's not all. We are happy to have you as a new employee and you will be given a warm welcome. To this end, we will host a nice introduction process for our new colleagues, where you will be introduced and shown around our faculty and university.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe for research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. We are a faculty at the heart of society and one which cooperates closely with others. Our almost 6,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. We have approximately 900 faculty and staff members, who all work closely together to educate and train young talent and to research and find solutions to scientific and societal issues. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies.

    Additional information

    For additional information, please contact Professor Denise de Ridder by email or Professor John de Wit:

    The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences aspires to have a diverse body of staff and students and strives to create and sustain a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, in line with Utrecht University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy. Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply' button below.

    Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, the interviews may take place online.

    If you know someone who is suitable for this position, please feel free to share this job opening with them.

    The application deadline is 27/09/2021

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