PostDocs Candidate in Educational Sciences

Amsterdam, Netherlands
€2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
24 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Department of Child Development and Education

Publication date: 17 January 2019
Level of education: Master's degree
Salary indication: €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Closing date: 31 January 2019
Hours: 30,4 to 38 hours per week
Vacancy number: 19-032

Are you passionate about educational research? As of March, we’re looking for an ambitious PhD candidate who is interested in studying factors that influence/explain teachers’ professional learning, using quantitative methodology

The PhD candidate 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 PhD candidate will focus on the dynamics that determine teachers’ professional learning behaviour. These dynamics concern stable (trait-like) and day-to-day (state-like) expressions of emotional stress experiences, resilience and future time perspective. Once these dynamics are charted, an intervention will be tested that is aimed at increasing teachers’ ability to deal with stress in favour of their professional learning.

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 PhD project 'Teachers’ handling of job-related stress in support of their self-regulated professional learning behavior: The role of future time perspective and resilience' entails a quantitative study into the (day-to-day) stress that teachers experience, how this stress affects their (day-to-day) learning behaviour and how this relationship can be explained through the motivational variables ‘resilience’ and ‘future time perspective’ (FTP). A more detailed project description is available from dr Joost Jansen in de Wal upon request. In light of this project you will write a doctoral thesis for which you will:
  • conduct intensive data collection, co-supervising research assistants;
  • analyse data using advanced statistical methods;
  • report results in (inter)national 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.
  • The PhD candidate will be supervised by dr Joost Jansen in de Wal, dr Jaap Schuitema, and prof. Thea Peetsma. The candidate will collaborate with a postdoctoral researcher that is also involved in the overarching project.


What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a master’s degree in Educational Sciences, Psychology, Pedagogics, or related fields (research master’s degree preferred);
  • a keen interest in psychological processes that explain (teachers’) learning behaviour;
  • communication and academic writing skills in Dutch and English;
  • Skills in organizing and coordinating projects.

Preferably you have experience with:

  • large-scale/longitudinal) survey research / intervention studies;
  • academic publishing.

You are:

  • passionate about (educational) research, specifically the learning of teachers and/or motivation for learning and/or stress and learning;
  • communicatively strong and able to talk about your research in plain Dutch;
  • 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:

dr Joost Jansen in de Wal
T: +31 (0) 6 3376 8447


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 will be extended by a maximum of three years, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students (max. 10% of your total appointment).

Your salary will be €2,325 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €2,972 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

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 31 January 2019. Interviews will take place on 7 and 14 February 2019.#LI-DNP