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Full Professor Developmental Psychology: Psychological Growth and Maladjustment (1.0 FTE)

Job description

This core chair (“kernleerstoel”) is embedded in the section Developmental Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University. The chair holder uses a theory-driven approach to generate developmental psychological knowledge that informs urgent societal issues. The chair holder is an academic with a strong international reputation who is dedicated to delivering high quality research and education and helping junior faculty develop their independent careers.

The chair holder has an important responsibility in teaching and student supervision, and contributes to curriculum development in undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programmes. Teaching activities concern the Bachelor Programme Psychology; Academic Master Programme Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Research Master Programme Development and Socialization of Children and Adolescents; and PhD Programme Child and Adolescent Studies. The chair holder initiates and oversees curriculum development and innovation.

The chair holder generates and disseminates developmental psychological knowledge and promotes its societal application. Relevant expertise may pertain to understanding and promoting psychological growth and youth mental health. The application of this expertise may cover educational, health, and well-being inequalities among youth as they manifest in the context of families, schools, interpersonal relations, and/or societal participation. The chair holder’s expertise matches with and complements the section’s existing areas of expertise, which include evidence-based practice in youth mental health care, social cognitive development, and personality development.

The chair holder is a team player who strongly invests in supporting the independent careers of personnel in the chair. Furthermore, (s)he actively takes on managerial and administrative responsibility within the section, department, or faculty.


In accordance with current practice in the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 60% of the appointment involves teaching and 40% involves research.


  • Strong commitment to quality of teaching and student supervision;
  • Proven effectiveness of teaching and student supervision as evident from student learning outcomes;
  • Extensive experience with one or more of the following: curriculum development and innovation, educational management, clinical training;
  • Strong commitment to internationalization and teaching international students.


  • Outstanding research achievement demonstrated by sustained high quality publications, both as first and senior author, that have innovated the field;
  • Strong societal impact of research, demonstrated by knowledge dissemination to and/or implementation by societal stakeholders;
  • Proven ability to obtain external research funding;
  • Strong network of international collaborators, participation in international research consortia, and/or international research management roles.


  • Strong ability and dedication to helping junior colleagues develop their independent careers (e.g., in research and teaching);
  • Team orientation: positive, interdependent attitude and proven ability to forge connection with coworkers;
  • Active societal role by collaborating with societal partners, participating in professional organizations, or initiating societal debate;
  • Strong ability and dedication to taking on managerial responsibility within the section, department, or faculty.

Early to mid-career candidates who do not yet meet all qualifications, but expect to be able to meet them within a period of 3-5 years, are also invited to apply. In this case you may be offered a career-track position towards this chair.

We offer a full time appointment. The gross salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range in principle between €5,582 and €9,812 per month, for full time employment of 38 hours per week (salary scale H2-H1, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).

The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. We offer flexible working conditions to support a good work – life balance of our employees. Other secondary conditions include, among others, a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions. More information: Working at Utrecht University.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a special expense allowance scheme: the 30% facility. The Tax and Customs Administration decides whether employees meet the necessary conditions.

About the organization

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 city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in Cultural Anthropology, Educational Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. Research and teaching activities are concentrated in five areas: Behaviour in Social Contexts; Child and Adolescent Studies; Cognitive and Clinical Psychology; Education and Learning; and Methodology and Statistics.

More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.

Additional information
For more information about this position, please contact the committee chair, Prof. Sander Thomaes A profile report/outline of the chair (“structuurrapport”) is available upon request.


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