Postdoctoral researcher for project ‘Play, stop, pause? Optimizing learning through effort regulation’

Postdoctoral researcher for project ‘Play, stop, pause? Optimizing learning through effort regulation’

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24 Jul 9 Sep Maastricht

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Project description
As part of a Vidi research project (together with a PhD candidate starting in September of 2019) and funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the School of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University offers a PhD position in Educational Sciences/Educational Psychology. The project aims to unravel, by means of experimental research how students regulate their cognitive effort during self-regulated learning.

Job description

  • Conducting the research (literature research, collecting and analysing data, reporting the results), resulting in international scientific publications;
  • Active participation in the research group of the project and of the department;
  • Teaching (max. 0.20fte) can be part of the position.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • PhD (or nearly completed PhD) in educational sciences, educational / (applied) cognitive / experimental psychology, or a related discipline relevant to the theme of the project
  • Ambition to become a high-potential researcher aimed at excellent scientific research;
  • Social and organizational competencies, be an efficient team worker;
  • Be a fast learner, autonomous and creative, show dedication and be hard working;
  • Be willing to supervise PhD candidates
  • Good communication skills (written and oral) and statistical skills;
  • Proficiency in English and Dutch (for foreign applicants: the intention to reach proficiency in Dutch within a short period of time);
  • Ambition to collaborate with (inter)national partners and pay visits to these partners;
  • Preferably experience or strong affinity with experimental research.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with an extension of 3 years after a positive evaluation capabilities and compatibility for 0,80/1,00 fte.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.

The Postdoc position will be for an initial period of one year starting September 2019 with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility for 0.8/1.0 fte. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis within four years. Full time salary range from € 2,709.- to € 4,274.- gross per month (pay scale 10, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities)


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


Maastricht School of Health Professions Education (SHE)

The Maastricht School of Health Professions Education (SHE) is a graduate school for education,research and innovation in health professions education. SHE provides high quality multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at the improvement of health professions education. SHE helps you to innovate education programmes. The school offers a wide range of courses in health professions education, from short courses, certificate courses to degree programmes such as a Master of Science and PhD programme. SHE stands for excellent and innovative research and offers a stimulating environment to perform to the best of your abilities. Excellent researchers will guide and supervise you.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 28.8—40 hours per week
  • €2709—€4274 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2019.253


Maastricht University (UM)

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