Postdoc ‘Psychosocial and contextual determinants of public adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures’

Postdoc ‘Psychosocial and contextual determinants of public adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures’

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25 Jan 7 Feb Nijmegen

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As a postdoc you will research psychosocial and contextual determinants of public adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures. This position is part of a behavioural science consortium, initiated by the Corona Behavioural Unit of the RIVM (the national public health institute), the Radboud University Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and the University of Twente. Its aim is to draw the key scientific lessons from the behavioural science data collected during the pandemic. Will you join our team?

To stop spreading the corona virus, unprecedented behavioural measures have been implemented by National Governments from social distancing and working from home, to lock-downs. Adherence to these prevention measures is key to the effectiveness of the pandemic response. The Corona Behavioural Unit has led a dynamic cohort study with over 200.000 participants and (at present) 17 waves of data, assessing social activities, mobility, adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures, and psychosocial determinants such as risk perceptions, self-efficacy, response efficacy, social norms, and behavioural cues and triggers. It has also collected a large amount of qualitative data from interviews and focus groups. Combining these data with data from other sources, such as infection and hospitalisation numbers, the coding of press conferences, international literature, and an expert consensus meeting, the ultimate objective of this project is to identify key psychosocial and contextual factors that affect public adherence to those measures. This knowledge should contribute to improving the evidence-base and theories for public infection prevention and detection behaviours during pandemics.

We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team and a unique national behavioural science consortium. You will be embedded in a group of (initially) five post-doctoral researchers, working at the various universities; and researchers from the Corona Behavioural Unit. You will be working mainly on longitudinal data analysis (quantitative and qualitative), and will receive training on topics such as missing data analysis and making research results useful for policy makers and communication professionals.

The research will be conducted under direct supervision of Marijn de Bruin, who is professor at the Radboudumc and chief scientist of the Corona Behavioural Unit. The post-docs will collaborate closely with researchers from the Corona Behavioural Unit at the RIVM and with different professors from the scientific advisory board of the Corona Behavioural Unit.


Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc)


We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoc to join our team. You are a team player and you have strong interpersonal skills for building contact with colleagues and stakeholders. Furthermore, you have scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in international peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed conferences. If Dutch is not your primary language, we expect you to speak Dutch at a level that allows you to perform data analyses on existing data (in Dutch) independently. Your English is excellent for both speaking and writing at an academic level.

You also meet the requirements below:
  • You either hold (or have finished and nearly obtained) a PhD degree in the field of Psychology, Public Health, Sociology or a related field of social science. Researchers with a background in statistics or epidemiology are also welcome to apply, if they can demonstrate through previous published work good understanding of behavioural research and its theories, and excellent skills in the methodologies described below.
  • You have experience and skills in advanced analysis of longitudinal data from large datasets.
  • You are familiar with qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, and/or expert consensus methods.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 34 months.

Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together. We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.
  • In addition to your monthly salary and an annual vacation allowance of 8%, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
  • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
  • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
In addition to our terms of employment, we also offer employees various other attractive facilities, such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the CAO UMC.



IQ Healthcare is a scientific department of the Radboud university medical center dedicated to quality improvement of healthcare. We feel that every patient should receive the best possible care according to scientific insight and this care should fully fit in with the values of the patient. We try to achieve this by carrying out scientific projects as well as by providing education in the field of quality, safety, and ethics in healthcare. In the pursuit of our activities, we establish contact with service providers and policymakers, and we focus on future care healthcare professionals. Apart from scientific research and education, the IQ Healthcare Department also engages in applied research. The distinguishing value of our applied research can be explained by its outstanding scientific relevance and incorporation within IQ healthcare as a whole.

IQ Healthcare is continually engaged in over 70 research projects, including both nation-wide and international projects. We are also involved in many educational programs.

Radboud university medical center is a university medical center for patient care, scientific research, and education in Nijmegen. Radboud university medical center strives to be at the forefront of shaping the healthcare of the future. We do this in a person-centered and innovative way, and in close collaboration with our network. We want to have a significant impact on healthcare. We want to improve with each passing day, continuously working towards better healthcare, research, and education. And gaining a better understanding of how diseases arise and how we can prevent, treat, and cure them, day in and day out. This way, every patient always receives the best healthcare, now and in the future. Because that is why we do what we do.

Read more about our strategy and what working at Radboud university medical center means. Our colleagues would be happy to tell you about it. #weareradboudumc


  • Postdoc
  • Health
  • 28—36 hours per week
  • €2986—€4707 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 154329-P860378-1


Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc)

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