Junior researcher position Embodied teamwork of police officers

Junior researcher position Embodied teamwork of police officers

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10 Mar 31 Mar Amsterdam

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Are you interested to find out how police officers can successfully collaborate under unpredictable, complex, and at times stressfull circumstances? And are you particularly interested in the role of embodiment in teamwork in action? Then this junior r...

Job description

In the research project that the successful candidate will be working on we will analyse (already available) video recordings of collaboration between police officers in realistic training situations. The analysis will aim to integrate the cognitive and embodied views on teamwork and to test different methods for analysing teamwork of police officers. On the basis of the "big five" teamwork model (Salas et al., 2005) and the framework of joint action (e.g. Sebanz et al., 2006) we will develop a codebook and code the behaviors of police officers in the recorded training scenario's. For each scenario we have data available on gender and experience of the police officers in the scenario, and measures for quality of collaboration, amount of trust in their colleague, and level of realism of the scenario (as perceived by the officers). After coding we will test different analysis methods to identify behavioral temporal patterns (i.e. patterns that represent teamwork) and identify strengths and weaknesses of these methods.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • A master degree (or about to obtain one) in human movement sciences, psychology or a related field;
  • Keen interest in how humans collaborate under complex circumstances and the role embodiment plays;
  • Affinity with observational data;
  • Curiosity to experiment with different analysis methods to identify behavioral temporal patterns such as REM or T-pattern detection.
  • Interest to co-author scientific publications on the outcomes of these studies.
  • As verbal behavior will also be coded in this project, the candidate will need sufficient understanding of the Dutch language to be able to do so.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 9 months.

A challenging position embedded in two institutes, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (employer) and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR, where the data is obtained and stored). The employment contract will affect a period of 8,5 months. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2.960 (scale 10-0) and a maximum €4.670 (scale 10-12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system (researcher 4) and is vacant for 0,8 fte.

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)
  • A comprehensive list of benefits and working conditions can be found at https://workingat.vu.nl/working-at-vu


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 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.

About the department, institute, project
The department of Human Movement Sciences performs research on the human musculoskeletal system, on the way people move, and on how human movement can be influenced in the context of sports, health, physical education and rehabilitation. Our research is multi-disciplinary: we combine anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics to understand and improve human movement.
We provide educational programs at the BSc and MSc levels in the same domain, with a strong emphasis on scientific training. In addition, we have a research-based PhD program.
The department has a strong commitment to theory development, and innovative research, but we also prioritize the societal value of our research and devote ample time and attention to translation of our research findings to promote their application in practice.
The department provides a vibrant climate with high quality teaching and research staff and PhD-students who are supported by excellent facilities (e.g., multiple labs for experimental research, equipment for movement analysis and physiological measurements, as well as high-quality engineering support to develop custom-made equipment and set-ups). We have a world-class reputation for our research and teaching, as indicated by for example a 5th place in the Shanghai ranking for sports science, high quality publications, and frequent international collaboration and exchange. Research and teaching have a strong interdisciplinary nature. The research program of the department is integrated in the research institutes Amsterdam Movement Sciences (https://www.amsterdamumc.org/en/research/institutes/amsterdam-movement-sciences.htm) and Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (https://vu.nl/nl/over-de-vu/onderzoeksinstituten/institute-for-brain-and-behavior-amsterdam-ibba).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Health
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 15010


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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