Post-doctoral research position Social Psychology (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

Department of Social Psychology
The focus of the expertise group Social Psychology is on cognitive and emotional foundations of social behaviour in interpersonal and intergroup interactions, with an emphasis on conflict, diversity, well-being, communication, and collective action. The group aims to understand interactions among individuals and groups, as well as the influence and emergence of culture and cultural dynamics.

The expertise group emphasizes the integration of basic and applied research. This implies an emphasis on experimental paradigms with considerable ecological validity, and on applied research that has the potential to contribute to theory development. The philosophy is that basic research needs to have relevance for phenomena in society, and that applied research needs to be directly theoretically relevant. Moreover, although the applied research within the present programme is conducted with respect to a variety of issues, such as health, integration and immigration, it is guided by common theoretical frameworks.

Job description

The successful candidate will coordinate the Groningen part of the project ‘Threat, identity, and dissent: Understanding and addressing political polarisation in European democracies’ (see Supervision is by Dr Toon Kuppens and the project will involve close collaboration with colleagues in Tilburg, Brussels, Sussex, Clermont-Ferrand, Granada, and Warsaw.

The project aims to understand polarization in Europe by investigating belief systems in subgroups of the population. We will investigate how identities and threat combine to generate multiple polarized attitudes. We will also compare belief systems across countries and over time. Correlational class analysis and experiments that test causal effects of identities and threats are used to further explore this and help to not only understand, but to also identify solutions to overcome polarization.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

• running correlational class analyses on existing national and international survey data
• helping to develop a new international survey on threat, identity, and polarization
• setting up experimental studies on the role of inequality, social mobility, and education in creating polarization
• taking active part in, and helping to organise, the project meetings with the European partners
• writing up results for publication
• co-supervising a student research assistant.


• a PhD in social psychology, sociology, or political sciences
• an interest in political psychology
• advanced knowledge of statistical analysis techniques such as multiple regression, multilevel analysis, and cluster analysis (and ideally experience with analysing data in R)
• excellent communicative skills in English
• a team player who easily collaborates with others
• experience with secondary analyses of large-scale survey data
• being able to read Dutch is an advantage.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,709 (salary scale 10) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,978 (salary scale 11) depending on qualifications and work experience
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• an appointment of 1.0 FTE for a period two years.

Starting date: 1 September 2020.

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae.

You can submit your application until 14 June 11:59pm / before 15 June 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews will be held on 19 and 22 June 2020.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Toon Kuppens

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220190

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