Postdoctoral Researcher on identity and autonomy in adolescence Utrecht University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Netherlands

Postdoctoral Researcher on identity and autonomy in adolescence 


Job description

The Department of Education and Pedagogical Science, Division Youth and Family, has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Researcher on the project Development of Adolescent Identity and Autonomy during Transitional Periods: Putting the Individual Back into Development (INTRANSTION). The INTRANSITION project has been funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant. You will be part of a larger project team, containing the principle investigator, three PhD candidates, two postdocs and a number of student assistants. You will potentially be involved in the supervision of the PhD students.

Adolescents need to develop their identity and autonomy whilst also remaining highly connected to parents and friends. Identity develops through interactions with parents and friends and is important for adolescents’ relational functioning and societal participation. This project examines how identity and autonomy are formed in daily interactions with parents and friends, during transitions from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to emerging adulthood.


The INTRANSITION project aims to examine how development of identity and autonomy affect each other during adolescence. The project will examine intra-individual (or within-person, as opposed to inter-individual or between-person) processes of change in identity and autonomy. Three cohorts of adolescents will be followed for two years during important transitional periods: one cohort that transitions from elementary to secondary education and two cohorts that transition from secondary to tertiary education (in different school levels). Data will be collected on moment-to-moment behaviour during interactions with parents and friends, relational experiences across hours and days, and long-term development. The postdoc will specifically focus on the role of person-environment interactions in intra-individual development of identity and autonomy.



We are looking for a motivated candidate who has affinity with psychosocial development and relationships during adolescence. The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • a PhD in Pedagogics, Developmental Psychology, or a closely related field;
  • expertise in and affinity with psychosocial development of adolescents;
  • experience with advanced longitudinal data analysis;
  • ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research;
  • fluency in English and good writing skills, reflected in published articles in leading peer-reviewed international citation indexed journals in the field;
  • ability or potential to generate external research funding;
  • demonstrable teaching skills at the undergraduate and/or graduate level;
  • has obtained the Basic Teaching Qualification (at Utrecht University or equal) or is willing to achieve this qualification in the near future;
  • excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team.



We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE) for 3,5 years. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,238 and €4,757 (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

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 center 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.

The Department of Youth and Family and its Research Programme Adolescent Development are part of of the local PhD programme of the Utrecht Centre for Child and Adolescent Studies (UC-CAS) within the Utrecht Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (UGSSBS).

Additional information

A full description of the project and additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof dr S.Branje, telephone number + 31 30 253 40 39 or



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