University of Twente

Assistant Professor narrative and mental health

2024-08-20 (Europe/Amsterdam)
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Job description

We offer an exciting position in a stimulating, international environment. We have a strong culture of interdisciplinary research within the HIB department. Furthermore, we have longstanding collaboration with mental health care institutes and other healthcare organizations. You will develop and contribute to narrative research, broadly conceived, with a specific focus on mental health. Ideally, you bring expertise in applying narrative theories to imagine meaningful lives in a complex world that includes challenges like diversity, social media, technological developments, and climate change. You bring expertise in narrative research and contribute to the design of narrative practices that support mental health and well-being.

Various initiatives and infastructures at Twente will enable exciting opportunities for research and education, for example the Center for eHealth and Wellbeing research, in specific the Story Lab. Furthermore, there is an opportunity to contribute to BMS Faculty themes like health and resilience, and connect to interdisciplinary university-wide collaborations such as the Techmed Centre and the Digital Society Institute. Throughout the faculty and university, we work together with scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and computer sciences.

In addition to research, you will contribute to the education of our students, by coordinating, developing and teaching courses in the Bachelor and Master program of Psychology. You will in particular contribute to teaching about qualitative and mixed methods research as well as about mental health and well-being. You will engage in supervision of Bachelor and Master-theses in the Psychology program and will supervise PhD-students. You will also play an active role in grant acquisition. We welcome interdisciplinary researchers who can make a contribution to the education of psychologists of the future who have a keen understanding of the dynamics between persons and societies.

Your profile

  • experience in narrative research, which is apparent from (successful) grant applications, publications in reputable academic journals, presentations at international scientific conferences, and other academic output or activities
  • experience in research in societal challenges or a proven interest in focusing on these topics in future research
  • an interdisciplinary team worker preferably with experience working within interdisciplinary research labs
  • a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, like Psychology, Social Sciences, or Humanities
  • a passion for, and the ambition to become a creative and effective teacher
  • experience in setting up and re-designing courses, and experience with or an interest in applying innovative (blended) teaching (or learning) methods
  • possessing an (equivalent of) University Teaching Qualification certificate, or willing to obtain this
  • a creative, and ‘getting-things-done’ mindset
  • excellent communication and networking skills
  • good language skills: Proficient in English (C2 level) as well as a good command of or willingness to learn Dutch is necessary

Our offer

  • a position for one year (1.0 FTE) with a two-month probationary period. With the intention of a permanent contract in case of a positive evaluation of performance and if financial conditions remain unchanged
  • the starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 4332 to € 6737 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on the job profile of Assistant Professor
  • 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
  • minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • an attractive pension scheme
  • possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • professional and personal development programmes
  • a family friendly institution

Information and application

For more information please contact prof. dr. Gerben Westerhof (; +31.53.489.6074; after 5 August) and dr. Yudit Namer (; +31.53.489.5673).

Please submit your application online before 21 August 2024. Please include:

  • a cover letter, explaining your motivation and qualifications in line with the expected profile
  • a full Curriculum Vitae
  • two names of potential references
  • a writing sample

Job interviews will be planned in the last week of August.

About the department

More information about the department of Psychology, Health & Technology (PHT) is available from the website:

About the organisation

The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.

Job details

Assistant Professor narrative and mental health
Drienerlolaan 5 Enschede, Netherlands
Application deadline
2024-08-20 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam)
2024-08-20 23:59 (CET)
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