Assistant Professor in Economic Psychology (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor in Economic Psychology (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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25 May 14 Jun Tilburg

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The department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University is looking for an Assistant Professor in Economic Psychology (0.8 – 1.0 FTE, 18 months, fixed-term with prospect of permanent position)

Job description

Job description and qualifications 

The research program of the department centers on decision making in its broadest sense. Department members seek to understand how economic, social, and organizational settings shape individual and interdependent decisions. The department uses a range of state-of–the-art research methods (online data collection, mobile computing, big data), has excellent research facilities (multi-use lab spaces, psychophysiological equipment), and has a dedicated research support staff (lab assistants, programmers, technical support). 


The department’s educational program includes courses in the Dutch Bachelor of Psychology, the international Bachelor of Psychology, the Master's programs in Economic Psychology and Work and Organizational Psychology, and the Social Psychology track in the Research Master's degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 


The department has several research themes covering both basic and applied topics (examples in parentheses):

Economic and financial decision making (incl. poverty, inequality, uncertainty, incentives, as well as taxation, insurance, saving & spending)
Social and organizational decision making (incl. game theory, conflict & cooperation, and coalition formation, business ethics, lying & (dis)honesty)
Interpersonal/group decision making (incl. in/exclusion, threat, interdependence in relationships, collective action, and leader decision making, hiring/recruitment decisions, couple decision making, speed dating)
Emotion and well-being (incl. emotions, decision making, and well-being; measurement of emotion and well-being momentaneous and over time, and consumer satisfaction, work satisfaction, life satisfaction, job motivation, parenthood). 
In addition to these themes there are cross cutting themes/questions, such as for example the role cultural differences, gender, and aging.
More information on the department can be found here. Tilburg University is committed to the ‘Recognition and Rewards’ initiative (information here).


  • Research (50%): we expect you to conduct and publish research and share our commitment to produce solid and transparent research. 
  • Teaching (50%) we expect you to teach a variety of courses (we aim for 2-3 courses per academic year) and supervise students at the BSc and MSc level. The department teaches in the international and the Dutch Bachelor of Psychology and provides teaching to other curricula across the University. Most courses are taught in English; however, some courses in the Dutch Bachelor require proficiency in Dutch. Proficiency in Dutch is therefore an advantage but not a requirement. 
  • We expect you to contribute to academic citizenship (e.g., regular office hours, support your colleagues, participate in weekly lab meetings and colloquia, be a good person). 


Tilburg University


Successful candidates have a strong affinity with research (basic and/or applied; field and/or lab). We are looking for candidates who are interested in topics in Economic Psychology (economic and consumer behavior, decision making). Our ideal candidate contributes to the department’s collaborative atmosphere and seeks to sustain our shared commitment to provide an excellent education for our students. 


We seek applicants who:

  • completed a PhD in economic psychology, or a related field; 
  • have an interest in studying the psychology of decision making broadly defined;
  • can teach courses in Economic Psychology (and when needed in Social Psychology or Work and Organizational Psychology), and supervise theses and internships in these programs;
  • hold a basic teaching qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire one in the first year of employment;
  • are willing to submit applications for (inter)national research and/or teaching grants.


Language Policy
Proficiency in English is mandatory (CFR: C2 level). If not proficient in Dutch, candidates should be willing to learn Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

Fixed-term contract: 18 months with the prospect of permanent employment.
Tilburg University offers an excellent benefits package and strives for a good work-life balance. Secondary employment conditions such as study facilities and the possibility of partly determining your own terms of employment by means of a so-called options model. The Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch universities (cao) applies. 
Depending on the candidate’s experience, the starting gross salary will vary between € 3.994,- and  € 5.439,- per month (full time) based on scale 11  of the cao. 
Start date: preferably by 1 September 2023


You are entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours a week, you will receive 41 leave days per year.
All university employees are covered by a pension scheme for civil servants (“Ambtenarenpensioenfonds” ABP).

Employees from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. 


Tilburg University values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our staff and students, so that everyone feels at home in our university community.

Tilburg University has a beautiful green campus that is easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and invite you to make an active contribution to this.


Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tilburg University is een moderne gespecialiseerde universiteit. Het onderwijs en onderzoek van de Tilburg School of Social and Behavorial Sciences (TSB) zijn georganiseerd rond de thema’s Health, Care & Well-Being, en People, Work, & Organizations. Met een inspirerende werkomgeving daagt de school haar medewerkers uit om hun ambities te verwezenlijken. Betrokkenheid en samenwerking zijn daarbij belangrijke uitgangspunten.

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 21619



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