Postdoctoral researcher on cross-cultural eyewitness interviewing

Postdoctoral researcher on cross-cultural eyewitness interviewing

Published Deadline Location
9 Mar 14 Apr Amsterdam
Do you have a Ph.D. in psychology or a related discipline and would you like to work in a research team on eyewitness memory in cross-cultural contexts? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Job description

The postdoc will take the lead on developing investigative interviewing guidelines and conducting a cross-cultural eyewitness experiment in Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The postdoc will join the ERC Starting Grant research team Beyond WEIRD Witnesses: Eyewitness Memory in Cross-Cultural Contexts, led by Dr. Annelies Vredeveldt.

Your duties
  • developing investigative interviewing guidelines based on the project's findings to date and a review of the relevant literature
  • designing a cross-cultural eyewitness experiment
  • drafting ethics applications and data management plans in line with the GDPR and other relevant EU and international regulations
  • collecting data in The Netherlands and a to-be-determined sub-Saharan African country (together with a research assistant)
  • transcribing and coding interviews (together with a research assistant)
  • conducting quantitative data analyses
  • communicating research results in different outlets (e.g., scientific peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, professional journals, practitioner meetings, ERC progress reports)


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • Ph.D. degree in psychology or a related discipline
  • experience with conducting experiments and quantitative data analyses
  • willingness to spend several months in Africa for data collection
  • demonstrable interest in investigative interviewing and/or cross-cultural psychology
  • excellent command of the English language (spoken and written)

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis, the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11)
and a maximum of €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile Researcher 3 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 FTE (four days per week).

The employment contract will be for a period of 18 months, with a 2-month trial period. If necessary, the VU International Office will assist with the immigration procedure (e.g., visa application). 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
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • the possibility to work partly from home


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 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 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 Law
The Faculty of Law provides bachelor's degree programmes in three main fields: Law, Notarial law and Criminology. In addition, we offer an extensive range of Master's programmes as well as contract education. Our teaching and research focus on the social function and relevance of law: from contracts in the platform economy to the new way of working, from colonial injustice to medical liability, from family reunification to civil participation, from sex offenses to ransomware. Our research is often both international and multidisciplinary in character.

Working at the Faculty of Law means being engaged in an active and inspiring academic setting. Together with your colleagues, you will contribute to the quality of teaching and research in a challenging and rewarding working environment. More than 300 people work at the Faculty of Law, which is home to some 4,500 students.

About the department
The postdoc will become a member of the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP), which is based at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. ALLP members specialize in legal-psychological topics including eyewitness memory, testimonial evidence, police reporting, geographical profiling and expert witnesses in court. The candidate will also become a member of the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). CICJ is a knowledge center specializing in interdisciplinary research on international crimes and international criminal justice.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter, and preferably your PhD thesis, before 14/04/2023. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview, which is currently planned for 01/05/2023 or 08/05/2023. It will be possible to arrange for an online interview if the candidate resides abroad.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Dr. Annelies Vredeveldt
Position: Associate Professor

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  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • 14976


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Make sure to apply no later than 14 Apr 2023 23:58 (Europe/Amsterdam).