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Feb 04, 2021

Assistant Professor Psychological Methods at the University of Amsterdam

The Psychological Methods group of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) seeks to appoint two Assistant Professors who are willing and able to further develop our research and educational programmes in the field of Behavioural Data Science. The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours/week for a term of 2 years.

The Psychological Methods group is one of the largest and most successful research and education centres in the field of psychological methods. Its main areas of research are network analysis, Bayesian statistics, mathematical psychology, and psychometrics. Next to developing novel research methodologies, we also actively develop psychological theories on a variety of topics, including intelligence, psychopathology, and decision making. In addition, the group has a general focus on supporting open science and has made important methodological contributions to facilitate transparent research practices in the past decade.

In recent years, we have developed a successful educational programme around the idea of Behavioural Data Science (BDS). This newly emerging field involves the analysis of behaviourally defined variables as they arise in large datasets, typically gathered using modern digital technology (e.g., online or through mobile devices) and analysed with techniques for detecting patterns from high-dimensional data (e.g., network modeling, machine learning) to facilitate understanding, prediction, and control of human behaviour.

What will you be doing?

As Assistant Professor you maintain an independent programme of research in a combination of at least two of the following fields: Psychometrics, Mathematical Psychology, Bayesian statistics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. You will be required to teach Bachelor and Master courses on at least one of these topics, and supervise individual student projects at the Bachelor and Master level.

45% of your time will be devoted to research and 55% to teaching. Some involvement in the organizational tasks of the programme group is also expected.

What do we require of you?

You have:
  • a doctorate with specialization in Psychometrics, Mathematical Psychology, Bayesian statistics, Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence;
  • an excellent track record, both in terms of research and in terms of teaching;
  • a plan for developing your research;
  • enthusiasm for teaching as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching;
  • mastery of the Dutch language or a willingness to learn Dutch;
  • availability starting before 1 July 2021.