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We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher within the Dynamics of Youth research domain ‘Becoming Adults in a Changing World’ (2022-2026). The position involves both research within and development/organisation of the domain.
From 2022 onwards, the UU strategic theme Dynamics of Youth will be organised in four research domains. ‘Becoming Adults in a Changing World’ is one of those domains. Broadly, research in this domain focuses on conceptualising and predicting the transition to adulthood from various perspectives (developmental psychology, education, economics, philosophy, etc.). Such transitions can revolve around life choices, establishing an identity, finding a place on the job market, housing, identity issues, wellbeing after/with COVID, media use, sustainability discussions, fake news, etc. The domain is chaired by Dr. Marije van Braak from the Humanities Faculty, and Prof. Dr. Jaap Denissen from the Faculty of Social Science. The Postdoc will conduct their tasks in close collaboration with the domain chairs and can be based at either faculty.
The creation of the domain ‘Becoming Adults in a Changing World’ in 2022 builds on earlier organisational structures that facilitated interdisciplinary research around this and similar themes. The novel domain provides ample opportunities for creative development of meaningful connections between research and society, researchers and adolescents, and cutting-edge projects. To create the structures and momentum for such research, we need innovative ideas, strong communicators, and exploratory pioneers. Building structures and networks around research themes or societal issues for collaboration will be a key activity involved in this work.
The Postdoctoral research will be shaped in coordination with the Postdoc and can involve:
This position requires a dynamic mix of high-quality academic research and translation of that work into benefits for society.
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 the Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
Utrecht is a young and vibrant city with an extensive academic population, around 30 minutes south of Amsterdam. It combines a beautiful old city center with a modern university. Utrecht has an excellent quality of life, with plenty of green space and strong bicycle culture.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contributions to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.
Heidelberglaan 1, 3584 CS, Utrecht
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