Are you passionate about behaviour genetics and would you enjoy sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with university students? Then apply for the position of assistant professor at the Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 0.8 - 0,8

Job description

We are looking for a colleague who can contribute to our educational programme as well as to our research programme. You would teach courses in the Bachelor-programme Psychology, the minor track Genes, Brain, and Behaviour and/or the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health.

Your duties
  • (Depending on your experience) you will coordinate and teach courses such as “Genes and Environment Interplay” (B2), “Twin research in Psychology” (B3), “Genes in Behaviour and Health” (B3)
  • You will supervise B-thesis and M-thesis projects within your own area of interest, where possible analyzing data from the Netherlands Twin Register (
  • In addition to teaching, there is the possibility to engage in research activities for ~25% of your appointment


  • a PhD (or about to complete the PhD).
  • Experience in the field of behavioural genetics (twin modelling, family studies or genomic studies)
  • Knowledge of statistical methods such as structural equation modelling.
  • Fluency in English. While knowledge of the Dutch language is preferred, it is not strictly necessary
  • A University Teaching qualification (UTQ or BKO) or is willing to obtain the qualification as soon as possible after starting the position
  • Willingness to contribute to ongoing research in the Department (see for publications generated by the Department)

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,127 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile (assistant professor 2): is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 18 months, with the possibility of extension.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment, 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme (ABP), contribution to commuting expenses, optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until May 6 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr Gonneke Willemsen / Prof. dr. Meike Bartels

E-mail: /

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Job area: Assistant Professor
Educational Level: Postdoc
VU unit: Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
Contract type: Temporary
Minimum FTE: 0.8
Minimum salary scale: €3,746 (scale 11)
Maximum salary scale: €5,127 (scale 11)
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