Research assistant for study on the effectiveness of an intervention for ondocumented migrants

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Do you have experience working with different cultures, ethnic minority and/or migrant groups? Do you have strong communication skills and do you easily adjust to changing circumstances? Please apply for this position as Research Assistant at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.6 - 0,7

Job description

For research on the mental health of ondocumented migrants in the Netherlands, we are looking for an ambitious research assistant. The aim of this study is to

evaluate the effectiveness of a group intervention for refugees. You will be responsible for the recruitment of participants, the assessment of questionnaires and analysing collected data. Writing scientific papers as part of this study is a possibility.  

Your duties

  • recruitment of new participants for the study in close collaboration with the NGO in Amsterdam where the study will be carried out
  • collect questionnaire data from participants before and after the intervention
  • remain in contact with participants and with the NGO where the study will be carried out to answer questions
  • contribute to data analysis

  • (nearly) completed master's degree in psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology or a similar domain 
  • interest in scientific research and in further develop your research skills
  • available for 24-28 hours a week as of January 1st 2024
  • fluency in English; fluency in another language relevant for the target population (for example French, Arabic, Farsi or Tigrinya) is an advantage, as well as experience working with translators
  • experience with the target population of undocumented migrants or refugees and working in an intercultural setting is an advantage

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,618 (scale 1)

and a maximum €2,846 (scale 3), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.6 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 6 months.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge, contribution to commuting expenses,
  • space for personal development

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. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.


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Submitting a diploma and a reference check are part of the application process.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Els van der Ven | Ragna Boerma
Position: Associate Professor | Psychiatrist
E-mail: [email protected] | [email protected]

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