Postdoctoral Researcher in Youth Studies

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 25 Apr 2024

Job description

We are looking for an early career researcher with an interest in family dynamics and social development, intergenerational transmission, or gene-environment interplay to work with existing data from the TRAILS and TRAILS NEXT study. The focus of the research is flexible within the larger context of social development but should show some connection to the research in the ERC Starting Grant project CAPE ( ) or the ERC Consolidator Grant project PAR2 ( ) or the research of Prof. Tina Kretschmer more generally. The postdoctoral researcher should also take an active role in the research group, including contributing to research meetings, writing retreats, and mentoring PhD researchers on a day to day basis. Depending on experience and timing, there might be the possibility to contribute to a new project on social network influence on parenting, with options to realize own research ideas.

The position offers the opportunity to develop your own research line in the environment of a successful group, network, expand your methodological skills, be mentored in applying for research funding, and gain further experience in writing up research for publication, mostly in developmentally oriented journals.


The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences excels in teaching and research in the fields of human behaviour, thinking, learning, and how people live together. We work on societal issues and problems that people experience in daily life. Central to this is individual and societal resilience and ways to enhance these. To this end, we focus on the topics of migration, the environment and climate, health, upbringing and education, the protection of vulnerable minorities, and sustainable partnerships. The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences employs over 650 staff members. For more information about the faculty please check the link


We are looking for a candidate who

  • has a PhD in a social or behavioural science (at least manuscript completed at time of taking up the postdoc position), ideally with a longitudinal or gene-environment focus
  • has gained experience and is increasingly independent in publishing research results in international journals
  • is skilled in quantitative methodology.


Conditions of employment

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary based on qualifications and experience of starting at € 3,226 up to € 4,332 (salary scale 10, number 7) gross per month with a fulltime contract
  • possibility to work part-time (0.8 FTE or 1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • excellent secondary terms of employment
  • a temporary appointment for a specified period of 18 months.

Starting date: As soon as possible


We invite you to submit a complete application (via the ‘Apply’ button above) including a motivation letter containing an overview of research you would want to conduct in this position (1 page motivation letter, 1 page research plans) and your CV together with contact details of 2 people who are familiar with your research skills.

You may apply for this position until 25 April 11:59pm / before 26 April 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Interviews will take place online in early May. In your application, please always include the job opening ID.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP):  and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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