Publicado 19 Junho 2019

University of Twente

Lisboa (Educação / Formação)



The department Psychology, Health and Technology (PHT) is involved in research and education with regard to the use of technologies to support health and wellbeing. We develop and implement theory-based interventions to influence behaviors, using persuasive technologies (web-based, mobile, gaming etc.). We work both from a psychology and an engineering perspective and cooperate with other scientific disciplines, based on the ?high tech, human touch? profile of the University of Twente.

The Department of Psychology, Health, and Technology (PHT) at the University of Twente is currently seeking for an assistant professor (F/M, 1 FTE) in the area of mental health and technology.

The challenge

Technology plays an increasingly important role in mental health care. The use of eHealth and mHealth holds important promises to bring interventions closer to the everyday life of clients. At the same time, they bring along new types of data, for example in biosensing, momentary ecological assessment, and email guidance. These data ask for new methodologies, including data mining, affective computing, and text mining. In this position, you will contribute to education (70%) and research (30%) in this exciting new field. As a teacher, you will contribute to modules in the Bachelor Psychology (the Individual, Mental health, Psychological and Professional Skills) and to courses in the Mastertrack Positive Psychology and Technology (Compassionate technology). Furthermore, you will supervise Bachelor and Master theses.

In your research, you contribute to the interdisciplinary research domain ?health, well-being and technology? in both the faculty Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences and the university-wide TechMed Centre. You will focus on the design of engaging technologies to promote mental health and well-being and/or the use of technology in advancing research on change processes in such interventions. You will carry out research in close cooperation with regional care institutes. Applying for research grants, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and PhD supervision belong to your tasks.


  • You hold a PhD, preferably in (positive) clinical psychology;
  • You have experience in design and research in innovative technologies in mental health care;
  • You are an experienced teacher, preferably holding a University Teaching Qualification;
  • You are an interdisciplinary team worker, collaborating with scholars from different backgrounds in social sciences and technology;
  • You have an excellent publication and presentation track record in peer-reviewed international journals;
  • You have excellent communication and collaboration skills;
  • You are fluent in English.
Information and Application

For more information please contact prof. dr. (Gerben) Westerhof, head of the department of Psychology, Health & Technology (PHT): [email protected]; tel. 053-4896074. Submit your application (including curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement, and two names of potential references) online before 5th July 2019 to the University of Twente, at the attention of prof. dr. G.J. Westerhof. Interviews will be held on 10th July 2019.


You will be appointed for two years, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO).

  • Starting salary between ? 3.637,- to ? 4.978,- gross per month based on your experience;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • Ongoing professional and personal development programs, including facilities in obtaining an University Teaching Qualification;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while we strongly encourage collaboration with close colleagues and other university staff.
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.