Assistant professor Forensic Psychology

Assistant professor Forensic Psychology

Published Deadline Location
7 Jun 23 Jun Maastricht

Job description

Within the section Forensic Psychology, we are looking for an assistant professor with a passion for research, teaching, and applied issues

Section members’ research interests span deception detection, malingering, eyewitness memory, forensic psychological assessment and treatment, and decision-making. | Members regularly provide advice as expert witnesses. | The section is responsible for the Master’s in Forensic Psychology and Legal Psychology.

Job Description:
The section Forensic Psychology is part of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience ( As assistant professor in the section Forensic Psychology, you will have the following responsibilities:
  • You carry out high quality research in forensic psychology or related disciplines, such as legal psychology;
  • You teach and supervise students in the 2-year Master program Forensic Psychology, the 1-year Master Legal Psychology, and in the Bachelor Psychology;
  • You publish your research in (inter)national scientific journals and present findings at national and international scientific meetings;
  • You supervise research at the bachelor, master, and PhD level;
  • You make efforts to attract external and internal research funding;
  • You have experience with and endorse the principles of open science;
  • You have a strong proactive and collaborative approach;
  • You make positive contributions to the organization and cooperation within the section and faculty;
  • You have excellent communication (oral and written) skills in English and Dutch (or are willing to learn Dutch if you are not yet fluent in the language).

Job Requirements:
  • You have obtained a PhD degree in forensic psychology, legal psychology, or a related discipline;
  • You have teaching experience in forensic psychology and/or legal psychology;
  • You hold a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), or are willing to acquire this qualification in the near future;
  • You have an affinity with problem-based learning;
  • You have a record of attracting research funding;
  • You have good communication, social and organizational skills;
  • Practical experience as a forensic/legal psychologist, as an expert for the court, in forensic-clinical practice or in another applied role will be considered favorably;
  • The preferred starting date of this project is 1 September 2024.

What we offer
As an Assistant professor 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 11 according to UFO profile Assistant Professor, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €4332,00 and €5929,00 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 12 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon proven suitability, the employment contract will be converted to an indefinite contract.Your development goals will also allow you to grow further to the position of assistant professor level 1.
  • 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.

Click here for more information about UM.

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.

Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Melanie Sauerland at for more information.

Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new Assistant professor? Apply now, no later than 23st of June, for this position.

Please upload your CV, motivation letter, contact details of 2 references, and a statement of research interest.

The interviews will take place on 5 and 8 July.

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.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1042


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Make sure to apply no later than 23 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).