Postdoctoral Researcher in the Social Impact of Art

University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences


Postdoctoral researcher on the Social Impact of Art

Publication date 23 March 2021

Closing date 24 May 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €5,127 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-196

Are you interested in developing your research skills on the social impact of art?

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position on the social psychology of aesthetics, which is part of the ARTIS project (Art and Research on Transformation of Individuals and Societies) funded by a Horizon 2020 consortium grant.

ARTIS will address the need to capture, assess, and harness the societal impact of the arts by providing novel methodological tools, and building bridges among scientists and artists. Within the project, you will have the opportunity to work closely together with other consortium members and other collaborators of the PI, including the University of Vienna, Humboldt University of Berlin, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Oxford, and University of California Berkeley.

You will be embedded in the Social Psychology programme group at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the discipline of Psychology offers a range of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programmes, while its research is carried out at the Psychology Research Institute (Psyres). The successful candidate will be part of the Social Psychology programme group.

What are you going to do

The current project is about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their role as social actors or agents of social change. Some of the questions we are asking are: Does art influence the way we think and feel about current societal issues (e.g., inequality, prejudice, environmental crisis)? Through what phycological mechanisms can art induce social and cultural change? What contextual factors may contribute or act as barriers to art’s transformative potential? You are expected to build on your own strengths and methodological expertise to investigate the societal impact of the arts.

You will work with Dr Eftychia Stamkou at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam, which is ranked 15th in the QS World University Rankings. The University of Amsterdam has access to state-of-the-art research facilities to implement and coordinate the proposed research. You will report the research results at project meetings, conferences, and in international journals.

What do we require

To be able to perform this position successfully, you have:

  • a PhD in Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Neuroscience, or equivalent programme;
  • a research profile fitting the research project described above;
  • high-quality publications in international, peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • passion for research and a demonstrable interest in the topic of the project;
  • strong methodological and statistical skills;
  • strong writing skills;
  • excellent English proficiency.

Experience with novel methods, such as assessment of biomarkers, network analyses, or use of “big data”, which will be considered an advantage but not an essential requirement.

Our offer

The position concerns temporary employment of 38 hours per week for a term of initially one year. If the candidate proves suitable, barring unforeseen developments, we intend to extend the term for another 14 to 18 months.

The gross monthly salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum of €3,746 and a maximum of €5,127 per month based on full-time employment for a 38 hour work week (scale 11). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

What else do we offer

A motivating work environment with a variety of duties and sufficient scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. We cherish inquisitive minds and persevering spirits, and allow you the opportunity to dig deeper with your questions. Diverse, unique, dynamic, internationally oriented and ambitious: these are all characteristics which typify UvA staff. Strongly committed to the city of Amsterdam and the international society of which it is part, the UvA stands for independence, creativity, innovation, an international perspective and a critical yet open mindset.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is an active participant in a diverse, international community. Our goal is for you to feel at home here, regardless of your background, race, orientation and/or beliefs. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further information

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Dr Eftychia Stamkou

Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we look forward to receiving:

  1. your CV;
  2. a letter explaining your motivation and qualifications;
  3. two recent publications that are representative of your research;
  4. and contact details of two referees.

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2021. The intended start date of the position is 1 September 2021.

You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

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