Postdoctoral researcher in Educational Sciences

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 23 Jan 2019

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Child Development and Education
Publication date
17 January 2019
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,637 to €4,978 gross per month
Closing date
23 January 2019
30,4 to 38 hours per week
Vacancy number

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in Educational Sciences, excellent research skills and demonstrated expertise in a relevant area for this project. The hired candidate will join the programme of Education of the Department of Child Development and Education , which is located in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) .

Project and job description

What will you be doing?

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in a larger research project, funded by an NRO grant for fundamental research. The title of the overarching project is 'The role of future time perspective and resilience in teachers’ and students’ protection against stress and stimulation of self-regulated learning'. The project of the postdoctoral researcher will focus on the role of future time perspective and resilience in dealing with stress and self-regulated learning among secondary school students. The project will first investigate the relations between trait-like interpersonal differences and day-to-day intrapersonal differences in experienced future time perspective, resilience, stress, and self-regulated learning. Subsequently, an intervention will be tested that is aimed at students future time perspective or resilience to foster the ability to deal with stress and to stimulate self-regulated learning behaviour. A more detailed project description is available from dr Jaap Schuitema upon request.

In light of this project you will:

  • conduct intensive data collection, supervising research assistants;
  • analyse longitudinal data using advanced statistical methods;
  • report results in high impact academic journals and at scientific conferences;
  • perform and evaluate an intervention that is based on research results;
  • participate in the programme group Education, and the Research Institute of Child Development and Education.


What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a completed PhD in the field of educational sciences;
  • demonstrated expertise in at least one relevant area for this project (i.e. Future time perspective, resilience, stress);
  • demonstrated expertise in advanced statistical methods;
  • experience with large scale, longitudinal survey research;
  • demonstrated skills in organizing and coordinating large scale research projects;
  • published in high impact international journals;
  • excellent communication and academic writing skills in English.

You are:

  • passionate about educational research, specifically on future time perspective, resilience and stress among secondary students;
  • interested in advanced statistical methods.

What can we offer you ?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website .

Further Information

Do you have any questions, do you require additional information or would you like to read the full project proposal? Please contact:


The position concerns a temporary appointment of between 30,4 and 38 hours a week for a maximum term of four years (depending on weekly hours). The initial appointment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term can be extended by a maximum of three years.

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3.637 and a maximum salary of €4.978 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities ). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV and covering letter. You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

The deadline for applications is 23 January 2019. Interviews will take place on 28 January 2019.#LI-DNP

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