Full Professor Work, Health and Performance Radboud University, Faculty of Social Sciences Netherlands

Full Professor Work, Health and Performance


Faculty of Social Sciences 

Maximum salary: € 7,921 gross/month 

Vacancy number: 24.01.19 

Application deadline: 28 February 2019



The professorship will be embedded in the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and the School of Psychology (PSY), both part of Radboud University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. 

The Work, Health and Performance (WHP) research programme comprises two strongly interrelated research lines: ‘stress, fatigue and recovery’, and ‘motivation and performance’. Our fundamental research goal is to increase our understanding of the relationships between work, health, and performance, and the underlying motivational, cognitive-affective and behavioural processes. Our applied research goal is to provide evidence-based guidelines and interventions to design healthy work, to prevent stress, burnout, and unhealthy behaviour, and to promote recovery, a healthy life style, work motivation, and performance in the context of prolonged working lives. 

We are seeking a professor who can contribute to one or more of our research areas, for example: 
1. the reciprocal relationships between work, health and/or performance, and the underlying processes; 
2. the promotion of health behaviours (e.g., reducing physical inactivity and sedentary work; improving physical activity, recovery, and sleep); 
3. prevention, intervention and/or implementation research contributing to sustainable work in a healthy work environment. 

With regards to teaching, the professorship will be an integral part of the teaching programme, which focuses on three areas: 1) work and health psychology, 2) personnel psychology (including HRM), and 3) organisational psychology.


Work environment

Radboud University is an internationally oriented university with a collaborative high-quality work environment. Our academic expertise is closely related to important societal issues. Radboud University offers an ideal academic environment, providing top-level scholars, lab facilities, and a collaboration-oriented infrastructure for advanced multidisciplinary research and education. 

Your position will be embedded in the Work, Health and Performance research programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and in the Work & Organizational Psychology group of the School of Psychology (PSY). 

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. BSI is an accredited multidisciplinary behavioural research institute in which researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science and communication science. BSI has seven research programmes covering three main research themes: (1) development and learning; (2) psychopathology, health and well-being; and (3) social processes and communication. BSI conducts both fundamental and applied research. Our PhD students are trained at the BSI Graduate School (recognised by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO). BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye tracking studies, neurobiological measurements, and behavioural measurements in both real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, EEG) are also available for research on the neural bases of human behaviour. 

The School of Psychology offers four high-ranking education programmes to more than 2,000 students: The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Psychology, and the Research Master’s Programmes in Behavioural Science and Cognitive Neuroscience.


What we expect from you

  • a PhD degree in Behavioural, Social or Occupational Health Sciences;

  • a clear and appealing vision on the future of research on work, health and/or performance;

  • an excellent academic track record, as evidenced by high impact publications, grants/fellowships obtained, editorial positions, and international recognition;

  • a proven track record of acquisition of external research funds;

  • proven qualifications in quantitative research methodology;

  • a strong record of supervising doctoral students to successful completion;

  • affinity and experience with knowledge dissemination and translational science;

  • an interdisciplinary attitude and strong orientation towards collaboration with other research groups;

  • an excellent teaching record and the ability to coordinate courses and teaching programmes, as evidenced by a certificate, such as the (Senior) University Teaching Qualification (BKO/UKO);

  • the ability and willingness to conduct management tasks, necessary to be a successful group leader; experience with managing a research and/or teaching programme;

  • excellent command of spoken and written Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch within two years) and an excellent command of spoken and written English, preferable at Cambridge Proficiency level C2.

Please note that not only Full Professors but also advanced Associate Professors who are ready for the next step in their career are invited to apply.


What we have to offer

  • employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE;

  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 7,921 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 16);

  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;

  • duration of the contract: indefinite period;

  • Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO): Full Professor, Level 2 (Hoogleraar 2);

  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.


Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?


Other Information

A more detailed profile of this Chair is available on request. Please send your request to Diana de Ruiter (d.deruiter@psych.ru.nl).


Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Work, Health and Performance 
Further information on: Master (specialisatie) Arbeid, Organisatie en Gezondheid 
Further information on: Faculty of Social Sciences


For more information about this vacancy, please contact: 
Prof. Sabine Geurts, Full Professor Work and Organizational Psychology
Telephone: +31 24 361 25 36
E-mail: s.geurts@psych.ru.nl


Prof. dr. Toon Cillessen, Director Behavioural Science Institute
Telephone: +31 24 362 25 69
E-mail: a.cillessen@bsi.ru.nl


Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. Sabine Geurts) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

  • A cover letter of motivation with a short summary of your research and teaching (1 page)

  • CV including a list of publications and grants obtained, and the names and contact details of three referees

  • Combined statement elaborating your vision on 1. research 2. teaching and 3. management in this position in the short and long term (max 1,000 words)

The first round of interviews will take place on 12 and 14 March 2019.

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