Full Professor of Work, Organisations and Digital Technology
Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences

Full Professor of Work, Organisations and Digital Technology

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 8,127
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Duration of the contract: indefinite period
  • Application deadline: 15 May 2020

We are looking for

The aim of this new Chair is to contribute to knowledge on how to design, introduce and implement digital technology in work and organisations in a human-friendly, healthy, ethical and socially responsible manner. We are especially looking for you if you are an enthusiastic and excellent researcher and lecturer in the field of work and organisations with specific expertise and interest in the following subject: the impact of digital technological innovations (e.g. new ways of human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence, robotics) on work and organisations (e.g. new ways of working, online platform businesses) and on health and work performance (e.g. de-skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling of workers, sustainable employability, stress, recovery, quality of work, work-life balance). We are also interested if you can contribute in some other innovative way to the field of Work and Organisational Psychology.

You will conduct research in the Work, Health, and Performance (WHP) programme. You will be expected to initiate new research lines in work and organisational psychology (preferably in relation to digitalisation), strengthen and complement the current research activities of the WHP research group, and acquire external funding in the area of work, organisations and digital technology. You will actively search for national and international collaboration within the discipline of work and organisational psychology and with disciplines related to digital technology (e.g. artificial intelligence). You will be a mentor of junior staff and stimulate collaborations within the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI). You will regularly translate your research to a wide audience of scientists and non-scientists.

You will develop teaching lines, teach courses and supervise students at the School of Psychology, especially in the Behaviour and Environment domain of the Bachelor's degree programme, in the Master's programme 'Work, Organisation and Health', and in the Research Master's programme in Behavioural Science. Although this position is rooted in the School of Psychology and the W&O Psychology group, its profile transcends the discipline of psychology. It is therefore to be expected that you will also contribute to programmes other than psychology, such as the Bachelor's or Master's programmes related to digital technology (e.g. in artificial intelligence).

You will contribute to the management of the W&O Psychology group and to the advisory boards of the Behavioural Science Institute and School of Psychology. You may also have broader managerial tasks within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Radboud University.

We ask

We are seeking a professor with specific expertise and interest in the impact of digital technology on work and organisations, who can complement and strengthen the current expertise of the W&O Psychology group.

We are looking for you if you have:

  • An interdisciplinary attitude with a PhD degree in either Social and Behavioural Sciences (e.g. work and organisational psychology, organisational behaviour, communication science, sociology, management science or occupational health science) or Computer Science (or a related discipline), and proven affinity with the other domain.
  • A clear and appealing vision on the future of relevant and promising research in work and organisational psychology, in particular in the area of work, organisations and digital technology.
  • An excellent track record as indicated by international recognition, an extensive international network, editorial positions, and grants/fellowships obtained.
  • High-impact publications in academic journals.
  • Excellent qualifications in quantitative research methodology.
  • Extensive experience with providing inspirational and high-quality teaching and coordination of courses and teaching programmes, as evidenced by a certificate (University Teaching Qualification or Senior University Teaching Qualification).
  • Proven record of supervising doctoral students to successful completion.
  • Proven competence in acquiring external research funding.
  • Affinity and experience with knowledge dissemination and societal impact.
  • A positive attitude towards open science practices and replicable and reproducible research (including pre-registration and data sharing).
  • Ability and willingness to actively participate in management tasks for the W&O Psychology group, the research and teaching institutes, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • An interdisciplinary attitude and interest in collaborating with other research groups and disciplines.
  • Management and leadership skills; the ability to motivate and actively engage staff members.
  • A collaborative attitude; the ability to work well in a team on research and teaching.
  • An enthusiastic and inspiring personality.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch).
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English, preferable at Cambridge Proficiency level C2.
  • An academic philosophy and vision that matches Radboud University's mission statement.
Please note that not only Full Professors but also Senior Associate Professors (with at least five years of experience in management and organisational tasks) are invited to apply for this vacancy.

We are

The professorship will be embedded in the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, both part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. The position will be rooted in the Work and Organisational Psychology group (Chair: Prof. Sabine Geurts).

The mission of the Work, Health and Performance (WHP) research programme of the W&O Psychology group is to conduct innovative research on the psychological processes underlying human work behaviour, health and performance in order to optimise work behaviour and work and organisational contexts. Our fundamental goal is to increase our understanding of the relationships between work characteristics, employee health and performance, and the underlying motivational, cognitive-affective, physiological and behavioural processes. Our applied research goal is to improve the quality of work and sustainable employability by providing evidence-based guidelines and interventions with the aim to design healthy jobs and work environments, to prevent stress and work-related unhealthy behaviour (e.g. sedentary behaviour), and to promote recovery, favourable health behaviour (e.g. leisure time physical activity) and work motivation, in the context of a prolonged and modern working life. Our research is characterised by a multi-method approach. We conduct laboratory experiments (e.g. musical entrainment as stress recovery mechanism), longitudinal field studies (e.g. mapping the temporal dynamics of physical active/inactive behaviour), and applied intervention and implementation studies (e.g. focusing on the effects of implementing flexible work time and work location arrangements). We combine self-report measures with objective behavioural, psycho-physiological, and/or neurocognitive measurements. We pursue an 'open science' practice.

The teaching programme of the W&O Psychology group includes the Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology, the Master's degree programme in Work, Organisation and Health, and the Research Master's Programme in Behavioural Science. Our Master's specialisation in Work, Organisation and Health focuses on three specific areas, which are clearly recognisable in the professional field: work and health psychology (or occupational health psychology), organisational psychology, and personnel (human resource) psychology. This Master's programme includes a focus on scientific insights as well as on acquiring practical skills, and follows a scientist-practitioner approach.

The BSI is a multidisciplinary research institute for behavioural science. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. BSI scientists conduct both fundamental and applied/translational research. BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological measures, and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments.

The School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence currently offers excellent educational programmes to approximately 1,800 students. Its Bachelor's degree programme annually draws some 450 new students. The Master's degree in Psychology has three specialisations that prepare students for an academic or professional career: (i) Work, Organisation and Health, (ii) Behaviour Change, and (iii) Health Care Psychology. The School of Psychology offers two Research Master's programmes: Behavioural Science (in collaboration with the BSI) and Cognitive Neuroscience (in collaboration with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour).

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 8,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 16).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: indefinite period.
  • The intended start date is in consultation.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: 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?
A more detailed profile of this Chair and its work context is available on request. Please send your request to Diana de Ruiter (d.deruiter@psych.ru.nl).

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. Sabine Geurts, Full professor
Tel.: +31 (0)24 361 25 36
Email: s.geurts@psych.ru.nl

Dr Debby Beckers, Associate Professor
Tel.: +31 (0)24 361 11 20
Email: d.beckers@psych.ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof. Sabine Geurts and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 May 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • A cover letter with a short summary of your research and teaching.
  • CV including a list of publications and grants obtained.
  • A combined statement elaborating your vision on research, teaching and management in the offered position (max. 1,000 words).
The first round of interviews will take place on 2 and 3 June, the second on 17 and 18 June.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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