Postdoctoral fellow in Stress Research

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 02 Feb 2024

18 Jan 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

2 Feb 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

You will be part of the Data Infrastructure Support Core, where besides project-management, your task is to create an inventory of the existing data collected during daily life settings within various large national cohorts (e.g. arising from the Rotterdam Study, Generation R, LifeLines, NESDA and Netherlands Twin Register studies) and to annotate these data for future re-use in the consortium. Stress-in-Action core applicants performed ambulatory assessment studies that collected relevant data on stress exposures, stress responses (emotional, cognitive, physiological and behavioural), disease outcomes, and potential confounders/moderators in these cohorts (at current count, N > 8000). A further task is take the lead in harmonization of (EMA and actigraphy) of these data , exploiting the substantial overlap in primary sensors and smartphone-based self-report items used. This will involve consultation and collaboration with various consortium members.

For your development as a scientist, you will then be able to bear the fruits from the inventory and harmonized data, by using these data to publish on the link between stress and disease, and you will be actively supported to do so. You will also be involved in the daily supervision of one or more PhD students, in teaching undergraduates, and will have the possibility to shape your future, as advancing the career of young stress researchers is one of the missions of the Stress-in-Action consortium.

Specific Requirements
  • PhD degree in the fields of psychology, health sciences, biomedical sciences, epidemiology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, or a related discipline (also candidates close to the thesis defense are encouraged to apply)
  • Experience in working with ambulatory data in the context of the behavioral or life sciences
  • Experience and/or strong interest in working with ‘big’ data
  • Knowledge of psychometric principles and related statistical methodology
  • Good programming skills in Python, R, Matlab or other tools for physiological signal analysis
  • Affinity and proven experience with writing research papers
  • English conversation, writing skills, and presentation skills
  • Communication and social skills
  • Interest in supervision of students

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

  • a salary of minimum € 4.036 (Scale 10) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Researcher 4. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for at least 0.8 FTE. Your employment contract will initially last 1 year. Afterwards, the possibility of extension for another two years exists.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:

  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Work Location(s)
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
Van der Boechorststraat 7

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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