Assistent Professor Clinical Psychology

Hours per week: 
30 to 38
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Klinische Psychologie
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Department of Psychology has a job opening for the position of Assistant Professor. The position is embedded within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and contains a combination of teaching (60%) and research (40%). If you prefer 70% teaching and 30% research, this is negotiable.

As an Assistant Professor you will be employed in the Clinical Psychology division of the Department of Psychology. You will be participating in teaching in the Bachelor’s programme in Psychology in the domains relevant to Clinical Psychology and the international Master’s programme in Clinical Psychology. Teaching involves (large-scale) lectures, (small-scale) instruction and individual supervision of clinical or research internships and research theses, along with more general coordination and administration activities.

Research within Clinical Psychology covers three broad research programmes. The first encompasses (mostly applied) research on underlying mechanisms and treatment of consequences of loss and psychotrauma in children, adults, and families. The second includes laboratory, field, and clinical research on causes and underlying mechanisms  involved in trauma and anxiety-related disorders and novel ways to predict and optimize treatment efficacy. The third programme focuses on depression, suicidality and personality disorders and employs RCTs and clinical experiments to investigate the effectiveness of psychotherapy, predictors of response and mechanisms of change, with the ultimate goal to advance precision mental health. The Assistant Professor will join one of these research programmes.

Core tasks include:

  • Participating in teaching at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. If you have a clinical profile, you will teach in courses such as Psychopathology, Anxiety and related Disorders, Psychodiagnostics, Academic Professional and the Diagnostics summer course. With a more research-oriented profile, you will teach in courses such as the theme courses in the bachelor, Research methods and statistics, Psychodiagnostics and Clinical Psychology Foundations. Teaching involves individual supervision as well as lectures and workgroups. You will also be expected to supervise students during their (clinical or research) internship and research thesis.
  • Coordination of parts of the curriculum; we are currently looking for a coordinator for the clinical internships in the MA program for the next few years (1-2 days a week).
  • Conducting scientific research connected with one or more of the division's research programmes.
  • Publishing research findings in (high impact) international scientific journals.
  • Contributing to the acquisition of external research funding for the benefit of one or more of the division’s research programmes. 


We believe individual and collective achievements should be in balance. That is why we assess both individual and team performance. We stimulate good academic leadership at all levels. Last but not least, we encourage researchers to share the results of scientific research with society so collectively we can achieve more and increase the university’s contribution to society. 
We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague who subscribes the values above and meets the requirements below:
For our education and research programmes, clinical registration or work experience in mental health care is preferred but not required. This job position is open to those with a clinical orientation as well as those who are more research oriented and those who are strongly oriented towards a teaching career.

  • You are a team player and have excellent social skills for building contact with colleagues and students.
  • You hold a PhD degree in clinical psychology or an associated area.
  • You hold a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or are willing to acquire one soon.
  • You have experience and skills in academic teaching, preferably but not necessarily in the area of clinical psychology (e.g., courses related to psychopathology, and/or psychodiagnostics, and/or interventions).
  • Experience in developing and coordinating academic courses is preferred by not required.
  • You are interested in innovations in teaching methods and optimizing the quality of teaching.
  • You have scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent peer-reviewed publications.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and Dutch at an academic level.


We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a collaborative, social and dedicated team. We will guide you in your research and teaching tasks, which will help you develop your academic career.

  • We offer a position for a period of 18 months (0.8 - 1 FTE). After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be made permanent.
  • Salary will range - depending on previous qualifications and experience – from €3,974 to €6,181 gross per month based on a full-time employment (scale 11/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).
  • The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8%, and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • We also offer a pension scheme.

We encourage you to grow professionally, and we support a healthy work-life balance. That’s why we offer employment benefits such as professional development, leave arrangements, partially paid parental leave and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model.
And that's not all. We are happy to have you as a new employee and you will be given a warm welcome. To this end, we host a good introduction process for our new colleagues, where you will be introduced and shown around our faculty and university.
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About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates academic and support staff at Utrecht University in undertaking their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate closely around major societal themes. The focus at Utrecht University is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe for research and teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. We are a faculty at the heart of society and one which cooperates closely with others. Our almost 6,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. We have approximately 900 academic and support staff, who work closely together to educate and train young talent and to research and find solutions to scientific and societal issues.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences aspires to have a diverse body of staff and students and strives to create and sustain a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, in line with Utrecht University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact prof. dr. Paul Boelen via


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply’ button.
In connection with the current measures regarding Covid-19, the conversations may take place online if face to face is not possible.

The application deadline is 31 August 2022.