Assistant Professor Qualitative Methods at Theory and History of Psychology Unit


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

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The Department of Psychology is part of our faculty and we offer bachelor’s and master’s programs in both Dutch and English to over 3,000 students. Our department's student population is very international; more than half of our students are non-Dutch and come from countries all over the world. We teach in Dutch as well as in English.

Job description

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen invites applications for a permanent assistant professorship position in Qualitative Methods. This position will be located in the unit Theory & History of Psychology.

Despite the dominance of quantitative methods in psychological research, in recent years, qualitative research methods have gained wider recognition. A series of qualitative methods and techniques are available, such as empirical case studies, social-action research, as well as mixed methods. The main qualitative data collection methods are interviews, focus groups, observations, and the analysis of documents and artifacts.

We are looking for a colleague with proficiency in qualitative methods; a researcher with psychological training and broad interests, motivated to get involved in teaching, teaching methods and supervision tasks in methodology and theoretical courses at the Department. We want a team player who would be willing to collaborate on a long-term with the Theory & History of Psychology Unit in teaching, management, and research.

The Theory & History of Psychology Unit has been promoting qualitative approaches for some time, contributing to, and assessing critically and historically, a great variety of areas such as basic, industrial, developmental, clinical, neuro- and forensic psychology. Furthermore, the international team supports values such as moral integrity and social inclusiveness towards cultural diversity (be this in terms of gender, identity or ethnicity).


• a completed PhD in psychology or social sciences
• training and proficiency in qualitative research methods
• publications in peer-reviewed journals presenting research on any psychological topic (preferably including methodological or meta-theoretical reflections), based on qualitative methods (we value quality over quantity)
• interest in Philosophy and History of Psychology (let us know about this in your motivation letter)
• communicative skills and high-level in English are required, as well as at least one other second language proficiency (any language will be valued), as well as willingness to learn Dutch at B2/C1 level (in case this is not already the other or one of the other language(s))
• experience in teaching (Basic Education Qualification is valued and, in case the candidate does not yet have it, the willingness to obtain a Basic Education Qualification is required)
• additionally, some general competences required for any assistant professor working at a Dutch university are: conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting and result orientation.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 18 months.

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

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• excluding 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus, participation in a pension scheme for employees and excellent secondary benefits. We offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for a full-time employment
• a full time (1.0 FTE) appointment on a temporary basis for 18 months, with an outlook to a permanent contract.

The appointee will ideally commence between January and August 2023.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Job Application

Your application should include:

- a letter of motivation
- curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and 2-3 reference letters.

The selection interviews for which the preparation of a short assignment will be asked, will take place the first week of November, 2022.

You may apply fort his position until 2 October 11:59pm / before 3 October Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

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:

Prof. A.C. Mülberger

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222520

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Theory and History of Psychology

Digital application form