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Assistant or Associate Professor in Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
10 March 2020
Closing date
07 April 2020

10 more days to apply

The Cognitive Psychology Unit of the Institute of Psychology of the Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC) are looking for an

Assistant or Associate Professor in Cognitive
 Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience 

Key responsibilities
We are looking for an assistant or associate professor with persuasiveness who is willing and able to contribute in a positive and transparent way to teaching and research at the Institute of Psychology, and the Cognitive Psychology Unit in particular. Your work will consist of:

  • Developing an independent interdisciplinary research line that attracts young researchers via external funding;
  • Making research results public in peer-reviewed journals, at scientific conferences and other professional meetings;
  • Sharing the research results with a wider audience through (social) media and other public outreach;
  • Teaching BSc and MSc courses and supervising BSc and MSc research projects;
  • As associate professor you take part in and/or chairing committees or working groups, and perform assigned administrative and managerial tasks;
  • As associate professor you supervise PhD students as promoter or co-promoter.

Selection criteria

  • A strong research record, evident from (among others) a completed PhD thesis and peer-reviewed international publications on topics in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related fields;
  • Valued research experience: strong statistical skills; computational modeling; programming; neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG); valorization of research; collaboration with industrial / non-academic parties;
  • Excellent teaching abilities, and experience with various types of teaching and supervision of students at different stages of their education;
  • Contributing to a positive work environment and open science;
  • As associate professor you have motivating leadership skills and experience with management.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: education and child studies, political science, psychology and cultural anthropology & development sociology. The faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour.

For research at our institute LIBC we offer an exciting research environment including EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality, and brain stimulation.

Terms and conditions
We offer a four-year position, but candidates with an exceptionally strong
 track record will be nominated for tenure right away. Salary range from 3.637,- to 6.133,- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 11-13, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.
 Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information at our website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Sander Nieuwenhuis, email

Please submit online your application no later than 7 April 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV with a list of publications.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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