Assistant Professor research group Eating Disorders & Obesity

Assistant Professor research group Eating Disorders & Obesity

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Job description

For the research group Eating Disorders & Obesity of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University, we are searching for an assistant professor to join our dedicated team. Are you a passionate researcher and teacher, then we would like to meet you.

The research group Eating Disorders & Obesity aims to unravel the psychological and (neuro)cognitive mechanisms underlying overeating, food craving, dieting, starvation, weight loss and weight loss maintenance, body image and so on. We explore what drives the behavior of people with eating disorders and overweight or obesity. What are the underlying mechanisms? Why does one person lose control over eating, whereas another successfully loses a lot of weight and yet another loses way too much weight? With our knowledge and expertise, we aim to develop better and more effective treatments.

We are searching for a passionate assistant professor who can complement our research group and contribute to teaching in the bachelor and master programs of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Task and responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain an interesting research line in the field of eating disorders and obesity, or participate in an already existing line of research of the team.
  • Science communication, including the writing of high-quality scientific papers and conference presentations.
  • Apply for research funding (e.g., NWO, ERC).
  • Societal outreach activities.
  • Mentoring and supervision of PhD students.
  • Contribute to a productive and pleasant working environment.
  • Take on various teaching roles (e.g., coordinator, tutor, supervisor, mentor) in our bachelor and master programs.

Note that the time division between research and teaching will be approximately 50-50%.

Job requirements
  • A PhD in psychology, health science, cognitive neuroscience or a related field.
  • Research experience in the domain of obesity, eating disorders or other mental disorders.
  • Practice Open Science.
  • Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills.
  • A University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or willingness to obtain this.
  • Good didactical and teaching skills
  • Affinity with Problem Based Learning.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Speaking Dutch or the willingness to learn to speak Dutch.

Embedding: This project is hosted by Maastricht University. You will be based at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, and will join the research group Eating Disorders & Obesity, which includes approximately 25 members and provides a lively and supportive research environment. For your research, you can collaborate with experienced researchers with diverse skills (clinical, social, and cognitive psychology, network science, and neuroscience). You will teach in the bachelor and master programs of the faculty.

What we offer

As Assistant Professor research group Eating Disorders & Obesity at Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale 12 according to UFO profile Assistant Professor, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €5247,00 and €6737,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 18 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.
    The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University
Why work at Maastricht University?
At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

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Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience
The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) is an international faculty with students and staff from various cultural backgrounds, who are connected by their shared curiosity about human behaviour and our brains.

This curiosity inspires us to explore the wide field of psychology from different perspectives (such as a biological and cognitive viewpoint). By using small-scale and student-centred methods, such as problem-based learning and project-based learning, we encourage a similar kind of curiosity in our students, as we provide them with the tools to discover the world of the human brain.

Our new colleague will be joining the international research group Eating Disorders & Obesity, consisting of approximately 25 people, including principle investigators, postdocs and PhD students.

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Anne Roefs: for more information.

To apply, please submit your CV and a motivation letter before Monday May 20th, 2024. The preferred starting date of this position is September 2024, and will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.


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  • Assistant professor
  • Health
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5247—€6737 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 904


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