Postdoc position on Socioeconomic Inequalities and Child Development

The clinical, neuro-, and developmental department (KNOP) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is currently seeking a postdoc researcher who is highly motivated to conduct research into SES inequalities and child and adolescent development.

Socioeconomic inequalities are one of the most robust predictors of children’s developmental outcomes and are already present at school entry. Studies in the Netherlands and abroad have shown that, on average, children who grow up in lower socio-economic status (SES) households or children who attend lower SES schools are more likely to underperform academically, and show higher levels of behavioral, emotional, and peer relationship difficulties compared to children who grow up in higher SES households or -schools throughout elementary school. While there has been growing evidence on the effects of SES on children’s developmental outcomes in elementary school, less is known about the household- and school-level factors that play a role in exacerbating or buffering the role of SES inequalities in child development.


The successful candidate will perform the following duties:

  • analyzing quantitative data for research into the effects of SES inequalities and a broad spectrum of child and adolescent development indices (behavioral, emotional, social, cognitive and academic)
  • contributing to ongoing research projects and funding acquisition for new projects
  • supporting new PhD students in multi-level structural equation modeling techniques
  • publishing and presenting research results in (inter)national peer reviewed journals, (inter)national conferences, as well as practitioner-oriented outlets

Duration: 02 years


On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 and a maximum €4,670, depending on education and experience

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Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus

Job Requirements

  • PhD in developmental psychology or related fields;
  • ability to independently perform multi-level longitudinal structural equation modeling in e.g., Mplus or R;
  • proven affinity with (research into) SES inequalities and child and adolescent development;
  • strong supervision (of e.g., students, research assistants) experience and skills;
  • proficiency in spoken and written Dutch and English (C2-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter, and
  • a curriculum vitae.

To apply for the Postdoc position on Socioeconomic Inequalities and Child Developmentclick here.

Deadline: July 26, 2023.

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