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Apply by: 2021-06-20

Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISW): Youth Studies (1.0 FTE, tenured)

Published 2021-06-01

Do you have experiece in teaching courses in quantitative data analysis and/or data science?

You will be employed at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University. The position comprises teaching and research. Candidates with a particular interest in working with an interdisciplinary team of graduate students, faculty, and societal partners on projects aimed at strengthening and preparing adolescents and emerging adults for the future are encouraged to apply. You will be teaching in the Bachelor’s programme in Interdisciplinary Social Science, two international one-year Master’s programmes, Social Policy and Public Health and Youth Studies, and our Research Master's programmes. Our teaching crosses disciplinary boundaries of fields like developmental psychology, sociology, public health and epidemiology.

The department’s research activities are organized in three programmes: ‘Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Relations’, ‘Social Policy and Public Health’, and ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’. Your research will be part of the Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts (YCCC) research programme (headed by Prof. Catrin Finkenauer). The position will be affiliated with Interdisciplinary Social Science: Youth Studies. We have a young, enthusiastic, interdisciplinary team, including a large group of PhD candidates. Our research group has long-standing collaborations with (inter)national research departments (e.g. in the context of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study, TRacking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey (TRAILS)), with societal partners in the region (e.g., YOUth got talent; Digital Youth Project), and with the Trimbos Institute (Netherlands Institute for Mental Health and Addiction). For more information about the research programme see YCCC. Youth Studies participates in the interdisciplinary research institute CAS (Child and Adolescent Studies) and the UU’s strategic theme Dynamics of Youth.

Research in Youth Studies combines large, longitudinal surveys, qualitative interviews, and experimental studies with macro- and micro-data (e.g., national statistics). YCCC centers on identifying opportunities for young people to develop and grow within diverse contexts, including socio-economic conditions, cultural values and norms, social status and peers, and (social) media. Section members seek to understand how such contexts shape adolescent and young adult development, (risk) behaviour, emotions, cognitions, and relationships.Youth Studies has a job opening for a full-time Assistant Professor (tenured) requiring you to contribute to our educational and research programme.

The position involves 70% teaching activities and 30% research time (preferably starting in February 2021). Core tasks include: 

  • contributing to the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes within the curriculum of Interdisciplinary Social Science;
  • carrying out and supervising research within the scope of the research area of ‘Youth in Changing Cultural Contexts’;
  • contributing to the acquisition of (substantial) external research funding;
  • translating and communicating scientific findings to various audiences.


  • The candidate has experience with developing and coordinating academic courses in a team setting.
  • The candidate is able to provide inspiring lectures and has a keen eye for the improvement of teaching methods, as evidenced by positive teaching assessments.
  • The candidate has experience in teaching courses in quantitative data analysis and/or data science.
  • The candidate holds a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO), or is willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.

  • The candidate holds a PhD degree in the field of social or behavioural sciences.
  • The candidate has experience in conducting scientific research in the field of youth studies or an  adjacent study field.
  • The candidate has ideas about her/his own research line and how this fits in with our research programme Youth in Changing Culture Contexts.
  • The candidate is able to contribute to the (collective) acquiring of external research funding for the benefit of the research programme.

  • The candidate has good communication skills, a proactive work attitude, and is able to work within a team.
  • The candidate has a good command of written and spoken Dutch and English.
We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team. We will guide you in your research and teaching activities, which will help develop your academic career.

  • We offer a tenured full-time position, which will be extended after one year and good evaluations.
  • The gross monthly salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,746 and €5,826 for a full-time employment (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities);
  • The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday bonus of 8%, and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%;
  • We also offer a pension scheme.
We encourage you to grow professionally, and we support a healthy work-life balance. That’s why we offer employment benefits such as professional development, leave arrangements, partially paid parental leave and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model.

And that's not all. We are happy to have you as a new employee and you will be given a warm welcome. To this end, we will host a nice introduction process for our new colleagues where you will be introduced and shown around our faculty and university.

For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe for research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. We are a faculty at the heart of society and one which cooperates closely with others. Almost 6,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. We have approximately 900 faculty and staff members, who all work closely together to educate and train young talent and to research and find solutions to scientific and societal issues. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies.

For additional information, please contact Marcel Hoogenboom by email: M.J.M.Hoogenboom@uu.nl.