Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 10 Jan 2019

Are you an ambitious and outstanding scholar in statistical genetics, social-science genetics and/or economics? Then Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam would like to get to know you. Apply for the position of:


Location:               AMSTERDAM

Hours per week:      40 hours

Job description

This project, in the interdisciplinary and rapidly developing area of social-science genetics, seeks to quantify the extent to which environments protect against the genetic risk for unhealthy behaviors and poor human-capital outcomes (e.g., education) Depending on qualifications, the postdoc will lead statistical genetic, social-science genetic, and/or econometric causal inference analyses in collaboration with scholars in the Netherlands and US. 

Your duties

• conduct research in the area of social-science genetics in collaboration with project members

• publish in economics, social-science, genetics and general interest peer-reviewed scientific journals

• present results of research at local and international conferences, meetings and seminars

• guide junior researchers


• a PhD degree in economics or other social-science field or in statistical genetics

• experience with modern methods for analyzing genomic data (e.g., constructing and analyzing PGSs, GWAS, heritability studies, etc,) or else experience with causal econometric identification methods

• track record in conducting high quality scientific research

• good English language oral and written communication skills

• ability to interact successfully with researchers across a number of science disciplines

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 2.640.- and a maximum € 3.303.- in accordance with salary scale 10, depending on your education and experience. The job profile (Onderzoeker 4) is based on the university job ranking system and is offered for 1.0 FTE.

The initial employment contract will be for two years, with the possibility of extension.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

• a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment

• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus

• considerable employer’s contribution to the ABP pension scheme

• contribution to commuting expenses

• optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

About the department, institute, project

The postdoctoral position is part of a multi-year NWO Vidi grant at the VU Amsterdam, led by Dr. Titus Galama. The project is in the interdisciplinary and rapidly developing area of social-science genetics (genoeconomics). The project seeks to quantify the extent to which environments protect against the genetic risk for unhealthy behaviors and for poor human-capital outcomes (education, cognition, etc). Recent advances in genetics and the recent collection of genetic data in several large social-science datasets with extensive measures of environment over the lifecycle make this research now possible. Rapidly increasing power of genetic prediction allows one to study how critical stages of life (e.g., early childhood) and critical environments influence genetic risk (with particular attention being paid to environmental causation).

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with Dr Galama and other members of the NWO Vidi research team (a graduate student and various collaborators at the VU Amsterdam and at Erasmus University Rotterdam). The NWO Vidi project is embedded within several larger research efforts / teams, providing a collaborative environment in which scholarly learning and research takes place. In particular, the scholar will have the opportunity to work closely with a separate team led by Dr. Titus Galama at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles (GxE interplay); the team led by Dr. Phillip Koelinger at the VU economics department (genetic discovery); and the team led by Dr. Hans van Kippersluis at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (GxE interplay). Travel has been budgeted for the postdoctoral scholar to facilitate interaction with researchers at CESR, USC, Los Angeles.


Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.


Are you interested in this position? Send us an e-mail with your curriculum vitae (including contact information for at least two academic references), a cover letter and scientific publications (published or in progress) by January 10th 2019.  Mention vacancy number 18424.

Name:                 Mrs. M. Maletic
Position:              Managing Director 
Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name:                 dr. Titus J. Galama
Position:              Associate Professor
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