The Department of Psychology at the University of Groningen invites applicants for a tenure track position in Environmental Psychology. You will work in a dynamic, enthusiastic and growing research group with a key interest in the human dimension of sustainability problems.

Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen has a national and international reputation for excellence. Research within the Environmental Psychology group focuses on a wide range of topics, including individual and situational factors influencing environmental and prosocial behaviour (such as household energy use and car use), effective ways to promote sustainable behaviour, the acceptability of energy sources and systems, and the effects of sustainable behaviour on wellbeing. The research has the explicit aim of both contributing to theory development and practice, and is embedded in the research program Interpersonal Behaviour, as well as in two of the focus areas of the University of Groningen: Energy and Sustainable Society (see: The group collaborates with scholars from different disciplines within and outside the University of Groningen, as well as with governments, NGOs, and various business organisations (such as energy companies).

You will teach in the Bachelor and Master programmes in Psychology and in the Energy Academy Europe, and will supervise honours, University College, Master and PhD students.



The successful candidate will have a proven record in environmental psychology research and teaching, conduct research with a specific focus on one or more topics that may overlap with or add to those mentioned above, and contribute to the focus areas of the University of Groningen.

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

– a PhD degree in a relevant field of Psychology, with a special focus on Environmental Psychology

– a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish international academic publications, preferably in top tier peer-reviewed journals

– experience with theory driven research with a clear eye for the practical implications

– a clear interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary research

– the ability to attract funding for research projects

– a relevant international network

– excellence in teaching

– the ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English and Dutch (or willingness to learn Dutch)

– innovative, independent and enterprising

– a team player with good communication skills.


Conditions of employment

The search is targeted at the assistant professor level but qualified candidates with more experience are also encouraged to apply. The University of Groningen offers a salary depending on qualifications and work experience. For candidates at the Assistant Professor level, salary ranging from a minimum of € 3,259 (salary scale 11 of the Dutch Universities) gross per month to a maximum of € 5,070 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

You will be appointed for a period of six years, on the condition of a positive mid-term evaluation in the third year of employment. After a positive final evaluation in the sixth year of employment, you will be granted tenure to Associate Professor. We refer the applicants to consult the criteria of the Tenure Track system (for a complete description, see:

We expect candidates to start as soon as possible (preferably before August 2014).



Applications are requested to submit:

– a cover letter including your view on how your research and teaching fits into the research group

– an up-to-date curriculum vitae

– a short statement of your research accomplishments and future research goals

– sample copies of your research (published papers or papers under review)

– the names and contact details of two references.

You may apply for this position before 30 May 2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Acquisition is not appreciated.

Contract type: 72 maanden



Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)

Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 28,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, and offers Bachelor and Master programmes in both Dutch and English to over 3000 students.


Additional information

Prof. E.M. (Linda) Steg

+31 50 3636482,

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