Lecturer Brain & Cognition

Lecturer Brain & Cognition

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21 Apr 1 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

Are you looking for a challenging job in a dynamic setting? Would you like to help our students bridge the gap between science and society? Do you want to further enhance your teaching skills whilst extending your UvA network and work on your personal development plan? The program group Brain and Cognition (Psychology) of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences is looking for a lecturer to for our master's track Brain & Cognition in Society.

Our program group facilitates the education in the specialisations 'Brain and Cognition' (English) and 'Clinical Neuropsychology' (Dutch) as a part of the bachelor Psychology at the UvA. We also teach in the master tracks 'Brain and Cognition in Society' and 'Klinische Neuropsychologie' (Dutch) as well as the research masters Psychology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

The Brain and Cognition group focuses on understanding human cognition and adaptive behavior in both health and disease. In order to do so, our research efforts are aimed at a wide range of questions to ensure that knowledge about the cognitive architecture of adaptive behavior is embedded in a system-level understanding of the brain and will impact individuals' wellbeing. This implies that we combine purely scientific curiosity driven questions with broader societal questions. These questions can be grouped in two interrelated major themes.
  1. Development of advanced theories and cognitive models to improve the quality of inferences about cognitive processes and adaptive behavior.
  2. Understanding and influencing the causes (e.g., brain structure, brain function, cognitive architecture, environmental) and consequences (cognition, mental health, well-being) of neurological compromise and neurodiversity.

What are you going to do?
We offer a lecturing position (lecturer 4/docent 4) for courses which have already been developed and for supervising students during their master internship and thesis projects. The master thesis topics need to be a fit with the teaching program and are preferably bridging fundamental knowledge to societal impact. The internships will be caried out externally but are supervised by you. You will coach and guide them throughout their projects with external partners, and monitor their academic progress. Clickhere for more information about the master track Brain and Cognition in Society.

You will/tasks:
  • Lecture in existing courses
  • Grade course assignments and exams (communicate with the students, update the CANVAS page of the course)
  • Grade course assignments and exams
  • Act as a mentor to the students of the master's track
  • Guide master thesis projects under supervision
  • Supervise external internship projects


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


Given the applied nature of this master's track you feel well at home with the connection between cognition, behaviour and societal issues. You enjoy supervising (international) students, and guiding the students in their master towards their future careers. You want to develop yourself as a teacher, and reflect on your own skills. You have excellent written communication and social skills and you can work well in a team.

You have experience with translating theoretical and methodological knowledge from the field of brain and cognition to address applied business and societal issues. You know how to set up applied studies and translate empirical findings into practical advice. You know not only how to write academically but also how to get the message across to a non-academic public.

Experience within (non)profit organisations where you applied brain and cognition knowledge, or a network within applied cognitive neuroscience including connections with businesses or organisations is preferred.

Your experience and profile:
  • A Msc in cognitive psychology or related field
  • Experience with knowledge utilisation within the field of brain and cognition
  • Excellent English language skills and proficiency in Dutch
  • Experience with programming experiments (Python, Matlab, Neurotask)
  • Preferably experience with individual supervision of students
  • Preferably a BKO (teaching skills certification) or the willingness to enter a BKO trajectory
Qualified candidates with a background in communication, entrepreneurship or similar are encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

The position concerns an employment of 0.8 fte for a maximum term of four years. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and other opportunities to develop yourself as a personal development plan is part of the position. This could include the opportunity to obtain your BKO (teaching skills certification).

For this position the University Job Classification profile teacher 4 applies.

Depending on your experience, the minimum salary is €2960 and the maximum salary is €4670 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, in keeping with salary scale 10, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer
  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

The Brain and Cognition department is a diverse department with research spanning topics from the anatomy of the brain to the autonomy of the individual. It is a vibrant group of enthusiastic lecturers and researchers (see B&C UvA website). Within psychology we provide coursers for both the bachelor and (research)masters. We have two specialized bachelor tracks: Brain and Cognition and Clinical Neuropsychology and two specialized master tracks: Brain and Cognition in Society and Clinical Neuropsychology. Moreover we are active within the Research Master Psychology, bachelor Psychobiology (FNWI) and the interdisciplinary Research Master program Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The majority of the teaching is in English with the exception of all courses related to Clinical Neuropsychology.


  • Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 30 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 11529


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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