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POSTDOC POSITION: Understanding How Interdependence Shapes a Culture of Cooperation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Would you like to pursue a postdoc in psychology and the study of culture, interdependence, and cooperation? Would you enjoy designing and implementing studies in different cultures around the world? Please apply for the 1.5 year postdoc position (ERC funded) in the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab, (

) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. You will collaborate with Daniel Balliet (P.I., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Joanna Schug (William and Mary, USA) on this project.

Duration: 1.5 years, with a possible 6 month extension
FTE: 1

Job description
General Description

A Postdoc position for 1.5 years for 1.0 fte (with a possible extension) is available at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab (

) headed by Prof. Daniel Balliet at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

The project
This project is about how variation across ecologies can shape how people are interdependent with each other, which affects cultural norms of cooperation. The postdoc will be involved with designing and implementing two large online studies. The studies will use different methodologies, including ego network surveys, experience sampling, and economic games. The candidate must be well-organized and prepared to work with a team of experts who will translate materials, and panel agencies to acquire samples. The project could benefit from prior experience conducting cross-cultural research, designing and implementing online studies, and the use of multi-level statistical models. You will work in a lab with a highly interdisciplinary focus, including experts in psychology, anthropology, evolutionary game theory, and computer science. The project will involve a collaboration between two labs and the postdoc will be supervised by P.I.’s from each lab: Daniel Balliet (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Joanna Schug (William and Mary, USA) .


  • A PhD degree in psychology (or related discipline)
  • A strong expertise in research on human cooperation, interdependence, and/or culture.
  • Experience designing and implementing online studies
  • Good programming and data-analysis skills (e.g., R)
  • Excellent command of English
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in effective scientific writing (publications)
  • Demonstrated ability to think and work outside-the-box (creativity)

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €3,720 (scale 10) per month during the first year and increases to €5,090 (scale 10) per month, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will be initially for 1.5 years. Depending on funding, there is the possibility for the position to be extended for an additional 6 months.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge 
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 31,000 students. We employ over 5,000 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application procedure and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before Dec

6th, 2023

. In your cover letter, please devote (at least) one paragraph stating what you have investigated so far, and another paragraph about how this experience has prepared you for this project. Also devote one paragraph about your experience and knowledge of research in the social sciences. Please also include the contact information of two references in your letter.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Daniel Balliet

E-mail: [email protected]

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