Lecturer/Researcher: Psychology of Behaviour Change

Lecturer/Researcher: Psychology of Behaviour Change

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8 Jun 28 Jun Nijmegen

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Job description

To motivate soon-to-be psychologists to finish their degree strong, we are looking for an inspiring Lecturer/Researcher: Psychology of Behaviour Change. In this role, you will teach students skills to solve an actual practical problem to promote healthy behaviour. You will also conduct innovative research on the ever-evolving topic of human behaviour and well-being.

You will teach courses at the School of Psychology, particularly within the Master’s degree programme in Behaviour Change. In this English-taught programme, we teach students psychological models and theories relevant to the field of behaviour change, and how to develop and test theory-based interventions in practice. During their internship, students apply their knowledge and skills to solve an actual practical problem with behaviour change to promote health or sustainability behaviours, reduce discrimination and increase diversity, or promote good citizenship. You will be asked to contribute to the development of teaching, and to carry out and coordinate innovative teaching in Dutch and English, particularly on topics related to behaviour change (0.5 FTE). You will supervise psychology students’ Master's theses, coordinate theoretical and practical courses, and give lectures in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. We approach teaching as teamwork and organise regular meetings to discuss challenges and opportunities, and to learn from each other. We look forward to welcoming you as a member of our team. 
You will conduct research on behaviour in the Behaviour Change and Well-being (BCW) programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI). The mission of the programme is to conduct innovative research on the psychological processes underlying human behaviour and well-being, and behaviour change in social contexts, in a transparent and solid manner. As a researcher, you will be required to apply for external funding by submitting research proposals. Collaboration with researchers in other BSI programmes is encouraged.

Depending on your goals and background, we may shift the teaching/research ratio from 0.5 FTE teaching and 0.2 FTE research to 0.4 FTE teaching and 0.3 FTE research. This is particularly interesting for candidates with plans to apply for external funding. There may be a possibility in the future to extend the teaching contract so that the total contract will be for more than 0.7 FTE.


Radboud University


  • A PhD degree in social psychology or a related and relevant field.
  • An inspiring teacher with expertise in teaching at an academic level in Dutch and English.
  • A university teaching qualification (BKO or equivalent) or the willingness to obtain such a qualification.
  • A track record in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • Research practices that increase transparency in social science (e.g. pre-registration, data sharing), or the willingness to adopt such an approach.
  • A team player with good social, communication and organisational skills.
  • Willingness to apply for external grant-based funding. Evidence of earlier successful grant application will be a plus.
  • An inspiring, motivating and conscientious supervisor of students working on their MA theses.
  • The willingness to apply for external funding by submitting research proposals.
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).
  • A good command of spoken and written Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 years.

  • Employment: 0.7 FTE.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: this is a temporary position for three years.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.


Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


Faculty of Social Sciences

The School of Psychology and the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) at Radboud University are looking for a Lecturer/Researcher in Psychology specialising in Behaviour Change (0.7 FTE; see below for more details) to further strengthen our teaching and research. Your educational responsibilities will be to coordinate and teach courses primarily at the Master's degree level and to contribute to the development of teaching. You will also be required to supervise Master's theses. 
The position not only focuses on teaching, but also includes 0.2 - 0.3 FTE research. The research will be embedded within BSI. We are looking for a candidate with a research profile that fits the research programme Behaviour Change and Well-being (BCW).

The School of Psychology offers excellent educational programmes and currently has approximately 1,800 students. The Bachelor's degree programme has a yearly inflow of 450 new students. The Master's degree in Psychology has three specialisations that prepare students for an academic or professional career: Work, Organisation and Health, Behaviour Change, and Health Care Psychology. The School of Psychology offers two Research Master’s programmes: Behavioural Science (in collaboration with BSI) and Cognitive Neuroscience (in collaboration with the Donders Institute for Cognition, Brain and Behaviour).

BSI is a multidisciplinary research institute for behavioural science. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. BSI scientists conduct both fundamental and applied/translational research. BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 28 hours per week
  • max. €5127 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1155752



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