Groningen (NL)

Post-doctoral researcher Organizational Psychology (217076)

Post-doctoral researcher Organizational Psychology (1.0 fte) (217076)


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, and offers bachelor's and master's programmes in both Dutch and English to over 3000 students.

Job description

The Organizational Psychology group at the University of Groningen invites applications for a fixed-term post-doctoral researcher position (3 years).

This position is part of a VIDI grant awarded to Prof. Susanne Scheibe by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), for the project Hidden behind the veil of old age: Emotional benefits of growing older at work. Given population ageing and rising pressures to work longer, there is increasing attention on the challenges and promises of extended working lives. Previous findings on age-related changes in emotional competencies point at the possibility that older workers have hidden strengths in the emotional realm. This project therefore will take a developmental approach to the role of emotions in organizations. The overall aim is to establish age-related differences in emotional competencies and emotion dynamics in the workplace and explain how these are shaped by, and in turn shape, work experiences.

The specific aim of the post-doctoral project is to better understand the extent to which career experiences drive age trajectories of emotional competencies. The project will include longitudinal analyses of existing datasets and the set-up of the first wave of a new longitudinal study involving newly developed test-based measures of emotional competencies in the work context.

The Organizational Psychology group at the University of Groningen has a national and international reputation for excellence. Research within the Organizational Psychology group focuses on a wide range of topics, including the conditions that are necessary for an effective functioning of organizations and their workers in a way that is sustainable over the long-term, how workers can be influenced, motivated, and facilitated in reaching their (organizationally-relevant) goals or during organizational change, and personnel practices. The group is very internationally diverse, collaborates with scholars within and outside of the University of Groningen, and has established contacts with various business organizations. For more information see


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • PhD degree (or soon to be expected) in a relevant field of Psychology, preferably with a special focus on Lifespan Development or Organizational Psychology
  • a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish in international academic outlets, preferably in top tier peer-reviewed journals
  • advanced understanding and experience with quantitative data analysis techniques (e.g. multilevel analysis, growth analysis, latent change models)
  • the ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English (Dutch is not required though ability to speak or willingness to learn Dutch will be a plus)
  • the ability to work independently, manage joint research activities, and supervise research assistants
  • a team player with good communication skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary ranges from € 3,427 (salary scale 11 CAO Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 4,691 gross per month, depending on experience. The fulltime position is temporary for a period of 3 years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

The job interviews are scheduled in April and May 2017. Candidates will be asked to give a presentation.

The intended starting date is 1 September 2017.

How to apply

You may apply for this position until 30 March / before 31 March 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on »Apply« below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applicants are requested to submit:

  • a motivation letter (1 page maximum)
  • a research statement describing your past and ongoing research (including information on methodology) and research interests in case you are awarded this position (2 pages maximum)
  • a curriculum vitae including publication list
  • a scan of your diploma including transcripts
  • your top publications (maximum of three)
  • contact information of two academic references.

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