Postdoctoral Researcher: Decision-making

Postdoctoral Researcher: Decision-making

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18 Oct 14 Nov Nijmegen

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Job description

Are you an established researcher with expertise in human behaviour and decision-making? Then you have a part to play as a postdoc. Your experimental research on fundamental decision behaviour will be devoted to addressing societal challenges, such as promoting healthy and sustainable behaviour.

Decision-making is at the core of our lives, from individual choices ('Should I eat healthier?') to social choices that impact others ('Should I recycle?'). In addition to the obvious inherent scientific interest of developing greater insight into an essential human behaviour, a better understanding of how people make choices is of paramount importance to public policy and practice, where more complete knowledge of how we decide can have real impact on people's lives ('How can we ensure people make healthy decisions?' 'How do we promote sustainable behaviour'?).

We seek an outstanding candidate whose research interests lie in exploring human behaviour and decision-making, and who is interested in conducting multidisciplinary research with societal relevance. We are especially interested in someone who can conduct experimental research on fundamental decision behaviour which can be used to help inform policy and/or practice. Your role will include collaborating with researchers across disciplines on research projects related to one or more of the following topics: social equality, environmental sustainability, good health and well-being, quality education, democracy and conflict resolution, and digitalisation and society. A specific research focus will be decided together with the Director of the Radboud Center for Decision Science, in line with your expertise and interests.

The position will include taking the lead on designing and conducting experimental research, ideally focusing on underlying psychological and/or neural processes. You will also be expected to conduct literature reviews, generate and refine research questions, write manuscripts reporting the results of analyses for publication in academic outlets, disseminate research findings at conferences and workshops, participate in public outreach activities, and be involved in the supervision of students. You will thus have the opportunity to develop your research skills and work on important scientific questions that have societal impact.


Radboud University


  • You hold a PhD degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, decision science, or a closely related field, and have an interest in applying your knowledge to study human behaviour and decision-making.
  • You have excellent research and analytical skills, including experience with conducting quantitative or qualitative research.
  • You are enthusiastic and have interest in conducting multidisciplinary research in one or more of the following topics: social equality, environmental sustainability, good health and well-being, quality education, democracy and conflict resolution, and/or digitalisation and society.
  • You have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • You have excellent communication and organisational skills.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: one year.

  • Employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,807 and a maximum of €5,211 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for one and a half year. There might be a possibility to extend the employment for six months.
  • 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.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Additional employment conditions Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


You will join the Radboud Center for Decision Science, an interdisciplinary research centre based at Radboud University Nijmegen, whose mission is promoting the multidisciplinary study of human decision-making, as well as applying emerging insights from decision science to help address societal challenges. Currently, over 40 affiliated researchers from across all faculties are providing a broad and expert knowledge base and thereby enable fruitful and dynamic collaborations. The research position will be based within the Decision Neuroscience PI group led by Prof. Alan Sanfey at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the department of Behaviour Change and Well-Being, embedded in the Behavioural Science Institute. You will have full access to research facilities at both institutes.

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 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • €3807—€5211 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1171486



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