Postdoc Position on Learning and Implicit Bias

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
€3,637 to €4,978 gross per month
07 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Closing date     1 September 2019
Level of education     PhD
Hours     38 hours per week
Salary indication     €3,637 to €4,978 gross per month

The Department of Psychology is a part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), which is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. We are seeking 1-2 Postdoctoral Research Associates for a project on Reinforcement Learning and Implicit Bias. These postdoc positions are part of a multi-site project based in the Social Psychology programme group at the UvA .

Project description

The postdoc will examine the psychological and neural processes through which implicit bias is learned, expressed, and transmitted, using a combination of behavioural, neuroimaging, and computational approaches.

The postdoc will conduct her or his research under the supervision of Dr David Amodio at the University of Amsterdam and engage with his research group as part of Dr Amodio’s NWO-funded VICI project, How do prejudices become implicit? A social cognitive neuroscience account. These positions are part of a multi-site project, conducted at the University of Amsterdam and New York University. The postdoc(s) for this position will be based in New York City, in Dr. Amodio’s laboratory at New York University. The Amsterdam- and New York-based teams meet regularly via teleconference, and the postdocs will have opportunities to visit Amsterdam for direct meetings and collaborations with the Amsterdam team.

The postdocs will join Dr Amodio’s vibrant and dynamic research group, working closely with him and his team and participating in weekly lab meetings. The postdocs will be part of the Social Psychology program, within the NYU Department of Psychology, and participate in activities such as weekly brownbags and colloquia, with further opportunities to attend seminars and interact with affiliated groups such as the Center for Neural Science, Center for Data Science, Center for Social and Political Behavior, and many others. The postdocs will also interact closely with counterparts at the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, with further opportunities to interact with other programs and organizations at the University of Amsterdam (e.g., the Amsterdam Brain & Cognition Centre).

This position includes allowances for research expenses, including computer and recording materials, participant costs, experimental materials, and travel and subsistence costs towards project-specific travel, including conferences.


You have or are about to finish a PhD in Psychology or related discipline, with a focus on social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and/or computer science. You are interested in studying social cognition and prejudice using a combination of social psychological, neuroscience, and computational approaches. You have experience conducting research in psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience, designing and programming experiments (e.g., using Matlab, Python, Javascript), recruiting participants and running experimental sessions, collection and analysis of data (e.g., R or SPSS), and the writing of manuscripts and/or grants. You have experience with computational modeling and/or neuroimaging is preferred. Your written and spoken English are excellent and you have a strong interest in pursuing a scientific career. You also have strong research project management skills and the ability manage workload and resources to meet deadlines. You are willing and able to travel internationally (costs will be covered by the project grant).

Please note: You must be a citizen of a member state of the European Union to be eligible for this position.

Further Information

Informal inquiries may be directed to:

Dr David Amodio

Please quote ' Inquiry Postdoc Position Implicit Bias' in the subject line.

A summary of the research proposal can be made available for interested candidates.


The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours per week for a maximum term of 3 years. The initial appointment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended. Your full-time gross monthly salary will range from €3,637 to €4,978 (salary scale 11), depending on your number of years of relevant experience. Your annual salary will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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 are eager to receive your CV, a letter of motivation (max. 500 words), and names and email of three potential references. As this appointment is to work on an already specified project, there is no need to provide a complete research proposal. However, you should include in your motivation letter a research statement that specifies how your interests, skills, and experience to date is relevant to the project.