Post-doc Social Aspects of Microplastics Pollution (0.8-1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen (RUG)

Groningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Job description

The interdisciplinary group on (micro)plastics at the University of Groningen invites applications for a temporary post-doctoral researcher position (19 months) as part of the ZonMw-founded project Microplastics & Citizens.

The project
Micro- and nano-plastic (MNP) has been found in water, air, food and even in our body. Everyday actions play an important role in MNP emission and exposure: from driving style, to food choices and indoor ventilation. The aim of the project is to understand citizens’ current awareness levels on microplastics and their origin, and to find effective strategies for communicating recent scientific discoveries and stimulating the adoption of long-lasting protective behaviours. The project is inter- and transdisciplinary, involving researchers from Psychology, Communication Science and Immunology, as well as a large valorization panel of representatives from institutions, companies, research institutes, citizens’ organisations and the creative sector. The interdisciplinary group is part of the MOMENTUM Microplastics and Human Health Consortium.

As part of this project, you will play an important role in designing quantitative and qualitative studies, collecting, analysing and interpreting data, and publishing the results in international scientific journals. You will also closely collaborate with technicians and designers to develop and test gamification strategies to raise awareness about microplastics and to promote the adoption of protective behaviours. Additionally, you will write reports, manage project activities and meetings, including a summer school on this topic, maintain close contact with the valorization panel, and present results at conferences and in sessions with valorization panel members and external partners.

You will work at the university’s newest faculty, Campus Fryslân, located in the picturesque capital of Fryslân, Leeuwarden (the European Capital of Culture in 2018). The faculty is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions for major social problems. Within Campus Fryslan, you will be primarily working in the ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy’(SECE) Department. The Department is intrinsically motivated to make sustainable entrepreneurship and the transition to a circular economy successful (

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

• a PhD degree in Psychology (or a related discipline), preferably with a focus on (Planetary) Health or Behaviour Change
• experience with quantitative and qualitative research
• a relevant publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
• experience and a clear interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
• the ability to communicate in English at academic levels
• speaking Dutch is a plus
• ability to work both independently and in teams.


Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary based on qualifications and experience between € 3,226 and € 5,090 gross per month (salary scale 10) for a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
• a limited full-time position (1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months.

The appointee will ideally start on 1 January 2024


Applicants are requested to submit:

• a motivation letter
• a complete curriculum vitae including a full list of publications
• one self-selected article (published or unpublished) that well represents your research focus
• two academic references.

The applications can be submitted until 20 November 11:59pm / before 21 November 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We comply with the conditions of employment of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:…)rsity-and-inclusion/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

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