Assistant professor in Developmental Psychology or Developmental Neuroscience

Assistant professor in Developmental Psychology or Developmental Neuroscience

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23 Jun 7 Jul Leiden

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The section Developmental and Educational Psychology of the institute of Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition (LIBC) are looking for a highly talented staff member for the position of Assistant professor in Developmental Psychology or Developmental Neuroscience

Job description

  • Developing an independent research line that attracts young researchers via external funding;
  • Making research results public in peer-reviewed journals, at scientific conferences and other professional meetings;
  • Sharing the research results with a wider audience through (social) media and other public outreach;
  • Teaching BSc and MSc courses in Child and Adolescent Psychology, School psychology and Research master specializations and supervising BSc and MSc research projects;
  • Participation in administrative and organizational tasks;
  • Participation in the Dutch Society for Developmental Psychology (VNOP).


Leiden University


  • A strong research record, evident from (among others) a completed PhD thesis (in English) and peer-reviewed international publications on topics in developmental psychology, developmental neuroscience or related fields;
  • Strong statistical and methodological skills (e.g., social network analyses; computational modeling; programming; neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG)); 
  • Active valorization of research, collaboration with industrial / non-academic parties;
  • Excellent teaching abilities, and experience with various types of teaching and supervision of students at different stages of their education;
  • Contributing to a positive work environment and open science;
  • Applicants must be able to teach in English. Staff who do not speak Dutch upon appointment are required to progress steadily toward at least a B1 level (CEFR) through training financed by the institute.

Conditions of employment

The appointment is 1.0 FTE; part-time appointment is negotiable. The teaching tasks cover 60% of the appointment, the research tasks cover 40%. Appointment takes place in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch Universities, initially for a period of four years. An extension is possible depending on need, proven suitability and available resources. Depending on experience, the salary is a minimum of € 3,475.- gross per month and a maximum of € 4,757.- gross per month for full-time employment (scale 11 to 12).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %) and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at the website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Leiden University

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises five institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. For more information, see our website. 

The Institute of Psychology has six units: Developmental and Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Social and Organizational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Methods and Statistics. The Institute of Psychology has excellent facilities for experimental research because of the Bèta funding and the collaboration with the Leiden University Medical Center. For research at our institute LIBC we offer an exciting research environment including EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality, and brain stimulation.

The education and research of the Developmental and Educational Psychology section covers a broad area: neurocognitive and social-emotional development, educational neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and social-emotional problems in children and adolescents.


  • Assistant professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • Doctorate
  • 20-267



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