Assistant Professors in Survey Methodology

The Department of Methodology and Statistics at Utrecht University has a job opening for assistant professors in Survey Methodology (tenure track).

The research of the Department of Methodology and Statistics focuses on methods and techniques for the social and behavioral sciences in a broad sense and comprises topics such as research synthesis techniques, longitudinal studies, SEM and multilevel analyses, survey research, Bayesian statistics, applied data science, and qualitative research. The department plays an active role in the Utrecht University focus area Applied Data Science and collaborates with the strategic themes Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies.

The data quality research group within the department conducts research into methods for data collection in a broad sense and surveys in particular. Together with Statistics Netherlands, the group investigates the integration of new data collection methods (using registers, smartphone apps, sensors, and wearables) in combination with more traditional forms of data collection to improve social statistics. We also investigate broader issues such as nonresponse, missing data, cross-national surveys, and web surveys.


The position involves 60% teaching activities and 40% research time. The core tasks include:

  • Contributing to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes within the curriculum of Methodology and Statistics and/or the Applied Data Science programmes;
  • Carrying out and supervising research within the scope of the research executed by the department of Methodology and Statistics, often in collaboration with other research institutes or societal partners;
  • Contributing to the acquisition of substantial external research funding for the benefit of the research programme of the department of methodology and statistics.
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Duration: a full-time permanent position (i.e., tenured) upon a positive evaluation after one year.


  • a full-time gross salary between €4,332 and €6,737;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions.

Job Requirements

The candidate for the position of assistant professor in survey methodology should:

  • Hold a PhD degree in the field of research methods, statistics, data science, computational social sciences, or an adjacent field.
  • Have experience developing and coordinating academic courses in a team setting.
  • Experience with teaching courses on research designs for the social and behavioral sciences and survey methods in a broad sense is desired.
  • Are able to provide inspiring lectures and have an eye for the improvement of teaching methods, as evidenced by positive teaching assessments.
  • Hold a university teaching qualification or are willing to acquire this qualification in the near future.
  • Have experience conducting scientific research in the field of survey methodology or data collection methodologies more generally.
  • Have ideas about their own research line and how this could fit within the Department of Methodology and Statistics.

Application Process

Applications should include:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation

To apply for the position of Assistant Professor in Survey Methodology, click here.

Deadline: December 03, 2023.

For more information on Assistant Professors in Survey Methodology, visit the official site.