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Assistant Professor Methodology & Statistics

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
2 April 2024
Closing date
13 May 2024 Vacancy closed

Assistant Professor Methodology & Statistics

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Institute of Psychology, the Methodology and Statistics unit has a vacancy for a position as an

Assistant Professor Methodology & Statistics (1 position, 1.0 FTE)
Preferred starting date: August, 2024

Key responsibilities

  • You will contribute to the teaching program of the Methodology and Statistics unit at both the Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and will supervise students at different stages of education (foreseen courses to be taught include Psychometrics at bachelor level, Regression Modelling and Statistical Consulting at master level);
  • Your research should be relevant to Statistics in Psychology, and should ideally focus on one of our four areas of research: 1) Applied Psycho- and Sociometrics; 2) Statistical Learning and AI; 3) Neuro-imaging Statistics; and 4) Responsible Research Methods;
  • You are able to program software in R, Python, C++ or similar languages and have experience using statistical packages such as SPSS, SAS, or STATA.
  • You will act as a statistical consultant for researchers in the Institute of Psychology and PhD candidates from the Leiden University graduate school of Social and Behavioural Sciences;
  • You will be expected to apply for research grants from Dutch and European funding agencies.
  • You contribute to the organization (and administration) at the level of the unit and the institute
  • You contribute to a positive work environment, with open science transparency and a collaborative, inclusive team environment as core values.

The distribution of education vs. research is 60%-40% or 80%-20% (as preferred by the applicant).

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in a topic relevant to Statistics for Behavioural Sciences or Psychometrics as well as an excellent research and teaching background;
  • You are able to supervise and conduct empirical research independently and ideally have experience in writing external grants;
  • You have experience and affinity with teaching at the academic level (including supervision of bachelor/master theses);
  • Both English and Dutch language proficiency (or the intention to obtain these) is required.

About the faculty
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7000 students and 1000 staff members. Within the institutes, not only education is provided but also groundbreaking research is conducted that pushes the boundaries of our understanding of human behaviour and societal structures. What makes our faculty unique is the diversity of research topics, the various styles of teaching, and the way professional support is organized; this provides you with the opportunity to explore and develop your interests and expertise. Visit our website for an impression: Welcome to the Leiden Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences - Leiden University.

Institute of Psychology
The Institute of Psychology educates new generations to contribute to the challenges of our society, now and in the future, based on leading behavioral scientific research and education. This is achieved through collaboration both within and outside our institute in the field of Psychology and related research areas, both fundamental and applied. The broad bachelor's program and a wide variety of master's specializations also contribute to this goal. Within the institute and the academic community, there is a committed and passionate atmosphere. The themes of Health and Well-being, Social-Cognitive-Affective Decision Making, Development and Learning, and Advanced Behavioral Science Methods guide research and education. The institute values conducting these activities in a safe and inclusive environment and provides space for new developments such as open science, recognition and appreciation, and interdisciplinarity, which are anchored in its strategy. With approximately 5,000 students and 600 staff members, the institute includes the Institute Office, the Department of Bachelor Education, and 6 units for education and research: Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology, and Methodology and Statistics.

Terms and conditions
We offer a temporary position for a maximum of 12 months in connection with the replacement of parental leave, maternity leave, and a research grant, initially without the option of extension. Nevertheless it is not ruled out that due to staff movements, the option of extension does open up. Salary range from €4332 (11.0) to €6737 (12 max) gross per month (pay scale 11 or 12 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 and sabbatical leave. 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. For more information about working at Leiden University http://workingat.leiden.edu/.

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.

Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Elise Dusseldorp, email elise.dusseldorp@fsw.leidenuniv.nl or Dr. Tom Wilderjans, email t.f.wilderjans@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than May, 14th, 2024 via the blue button of our application system.

Applicants should submit online a letter of interest that also includes a research profile (1-2 pages), a teaching statement (1-2 page description of courses taught and teaching interests) and the name and contact information of two references (no letters), accompanied by a detailed CV.

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