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Would you like to pursue a PhD in the social sciences? Do you have an interest in how people cooperate with each other, meta-science, and/or the application of meta-analysis in the social sciences? Would you enjoy working on a project to build one of the first living systematic meta-analyses of an entire field of study within the social sciences (i.e., cooperation in social dilemmas)? Please apply for the 4-year PhD position in the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab, (

) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. You will collaborate with Daniel Balliet (P.I., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Giuliana Spadaro ( Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), and members of the Hybrid Intelligence Consortium, (

) on this project.

Duration: 4 years
FTE: 1

Job description

A PhD position for four years for 1.0 fte is available at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab (

) headed by Prof. Daniel Balliet at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Your duties
You will participate in a collaborative project to further develop the Cooperation Databank ( ) and to conduct experiments on the interaction between humans and A.I.. You will become an expert on the topic of human cooperation and will work towards generalizing the ontology of human cooperation studies to other fields of research. We will work together with computer scientists to develop a method to write a living meta-analytic review of the entire field of research on human cooperation in social dilemmas. This will be a review that will be (semi-)automatically updated with newly published studies. The position will also offer opportunities to collaborate with computer scientists who are working on developing hybrid intelligence – A.I. that cooperates with humans. The position includes the potential to conduct experimental research on this topic.

  • A Research Master degree in the social or computer sciences
  • A strong interest in understanding human cooperation, meta-science and/or improving scientific practices.
  • Good programming and data-analysis skills (e.g., R, SPARQL, RDF Query Language)
  • Knowledge of experimental methods in the social sciences
  • Excellent command of English

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,770 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,539 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.

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
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);

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.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until


. In your cover letter, please devote (at least) one paragraph stating what you have investigated so far, and another paragraph about how this experience has prepared you for this project. Also devote one paragraph about your experience and knowledge of research in the social sciences. Please also include the contact information of two references in your letter.

Submitting a diploma is 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: Prof. Daniel Balliet
E-mail: [email protected]

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