Assistant Professorship in Cognitive Psychology

VU University of Amsterdam Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology


Do you have a PhD degree in the field of experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related area? Do you have clear affinity with teaching? Would you like to join our lively team of academic professionals? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


FTE: 0,8 

Job description

The Section of Cognitive Psychology at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology ( teaches and conducts research on many aspects of cognition, focusing on perception, attention, learning and memory, and cognitive control. The group is part of the Institute of Brain and Behaviour Amsterdam, and maintains many local and international collaborations. The Department provides a vibrant, international research climate with high quality academic staff supported by excellent research facilities, including eye tracking, EEG, and fMRI facilities. It has a strong international reputation, as indicated by excellent research assessments, high quality publications, high standards for teaching and mentoring, and frequent visits by international scientists. We teach in English at Bachelor levels at several VU faculties, as well as the Amsterdam University College. In addition, we run our own two-year Research Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology with small scale teaching. We offer a fixed term, 2,5-year position in the area of cognition, with a strong emphasis on teaching activities (75%; 25% research).  Teaching will be in the areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and perception at the bachelor and master level. In addition, supervision of student research projects is expected (mainly at the bachelor level).


  • Completed PhD-thesis in experimental or cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology or a relevant related area of expertise
  • Demonstrated affinity with teaching (as for example evidenced by earlier teaching activities and good evaluations)
  • Sufficiently research active to cater for student research projects
  • Excellent English presentation and writing skills
  • Valuing collegiality and team spirit

What are we offering?

An assistant professor (UD) appointment for 0.8 fte with an emphasis on teaching-related activities (75%; 25% research). The position is fixed term, for a period of 2.5 years, starting as soon as possible. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, salary scale 11 (€ 3747 - € 5127) based on full-time employment and depending on prior experience.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, 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, 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 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 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 30 June 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

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

Name: Prof. dr. Chris Olivers

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