Assistant Professor of Clinical Child and Family studies (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor of Clinical Child and Family studies (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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20 Mar 10 Apr Utrecht

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Would you like to develop, coordinate and provide education within one or more educational programmes and supervise Bachelor and Master theses?

Job description

The Department of Clinical Child and Family Studies has a job opening for an Assistant Professor.
The position of Assistant Professor concerns a combination of teaching activities (60%) and research activities (40%). In case you wish to focus your career on teaching, an 70% teaching and 30% research appointment is also possible, temporary or structural.

The prospective Assistant Professor will be located, depending on their expertise, in one of three chairs in this department: Forensic Youth Care (Asscher), Psychosocial and parenting problems (Deković), and Pedagogical assessments and treatment (Van Baar).

The Department of Clinical Child and Family Studies carries out research that contributes to understanding both typical and atypical developmental trajectories from early childhood to adolescence, factors within the social context that affect this development (with explicit attention to the family, but also peers, media, and the broader social context), biological risk factors and ways to improve (early) identification, prevention and treatment for psychosocial and family problems.

The Department participates in the Bachelor programme Pedagogische Wetenschappen: Minor Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Protection, the Master's programmes Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (CCFES), and Youth Education and Society (YES), and the Research master programme Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DASCA).

The tasks of the Assistant Professor will include:

  • Developing, coordinating and providing education within one or more of the educational programmes mentioned above;
  • Actively contributing to the development and implementation of teaching innovations;
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master theses, (clinical) internships and PhD research;
  • Designing and conducting scientific research on one of the above mentioned topics, leading to scientific publications;
  • Translating research findings to professionals in the field;
  • The acquisition of external funds for research projects.

In filling the vacancies, there is a strong emphasis on the contribution to education.


Utrecht University


We believe in a balance between individual and collective achievements. That’s why we assess both on individual and on team performances. We stimulate academic leadership and motivate good academic leadership at all levels. And last but not least we encourage sharing the results of scientific research with society.  

We are searching for enthusiastic colleagues who recognize themselves in the above mentioned values and meet the requirements below:

  • You hold (or have nearly obtained) a PhD degree in the field of Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies, Developmental Psychology, Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences, or a related field.
  • You have expertise in one or more of the following domains: typical and atypical development at different developmental stages (from infants to adolescents), the factors within the social context that affect this development, and diagnostic models and evidence-based interventions.
  • You have experience in co-developing and co-coordinating academic courses.
  • You hold a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.
  • You preferably, but not necessarily, have affinity with teaching in “clinical courses”.
  • You have a strong methodological background, are familiar with longitudinal and/or intervention research, and have mastery of state-of the-art data analytic methods.
  • You are scientifically creative and productive, as is evident from recent publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Your English is fluent in speaking and writing at an academic level.
  • You speak Dutch or are willing to learn Dutch, we believe that understanding and speaking Dutch makes it easier to connect with colleagues. We offer free Dutch language courses.

We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team. You will receive guidance for both your teaching and research tasks, which will help you in developing your academic career.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (0.8-1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,974 and €5,439 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

We encourage you to grow and support a healthy work-life balance. That’s why we offer agreements on professional development and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 7.000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 1.100 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is located at Utrecht Science Park in the Langeveld Building near the historical centre of Utrecht.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1206385



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