Research Assistant for a Project on the Psychology of Science Scepticism

Amsterdam, Netherlands
23 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Closing date: 18 October 2019
Level of education: Master's degree
Hours: 19 hours per week
Salary indication: €2,390 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Are you interested in doing research in the domain of social psychology, with emphasis on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews? Do you have strong project management skills that you would like to apply to a project on the psychology of science scepticism? We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a two-year research assistantship (2,5 days a week) to help set-up and support a research project funded by an ERC grant awarded to Dr Bastiaan Rutjens. Within the project, you will support and work with the core project team, which consists of Bastiaan Rutjens, a postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students.

The project will be conducted within the Social Psychology programme group at the University of Amsterdam. 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).

Job description

We are looking for a Research Assistant to carry out tasks involved in a project on the psychology of science scepticism.

Some of the tasks that you will carry out are:

  • programming surveys and studies;
  • help setting up the project infrastructure;
  • (quantitative) data analysis;
  • data management & project documentation;
  • being actively involved in the project and providing input at lab meetings.

The succesful applicant will work with Dr Bastiaan Rutjens, who is based at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which is ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings. The University of Amsterdam has access to state-of-the-art research facilities (Psychology labs / Spinoza center) to implement and coordinate the proposed research.


  • Master’s degree (preferably obtained in a research master programme) in (Social) Psychology or an equivalent programme;
  • affinity with research and a demonstrable interest in the topic of the project;
  • relevant programming and statistical skills;
  • committed and able to work 19 hours per week on this project (in Amsterdam);
  • excellent English proficiency and preferably fluent in Dutch.

Further Information

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information?

Please contact:

  • Dr Bastiaan Rutjens

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


The appointment is for two years on a 50% basis. Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly salary will be €2,390 in the first year (scale 6 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities).

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. a grade list;
  4. the name of one reference.

The deadline for applications is 18 October 2019. 

You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

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