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The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement employs over 100 staff members: scientific researchers, post-doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and support staff. Most of the NSCR staff is supported by the Institutes Organization of the Dutch Research Council (NWO-I) or has a (part-time) contract in collaboration with Dutch universities.

The NSCR regularly has space for interns. Acquisition is not appreciated.

Diverse workforce

The NSCR encourages a diverse workforce: we strive to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage anyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or physical ability.

About NWO-I

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) is the national research funder. The Institutes Organization of NWO (NWO-I) comprises nine national centers of expertise in specific scientific fields, from astronomy to marine research to crime and law enforcement, the research area of ​​the NSCR. The NWO institutes conduct high-quality scientific research and function as powerful national instruments in science policy. They make it possible to coordinate scientific fields for a longer period of time and to renew research in them.

Researcher for the NSCR research group ‘Offenders’. Who commits crime, when, and why?’

Are you the enthusiastic researcher we are looking for to strengthen our research group? Have you obtained a PhD in a relevant (social or behavioral scientific) discipline, gained some research experience after your PhD, and demonstrated affinity with research on criminal, antisocial, or deviant behavior across the life course (or across generations)? Then we are looking for you!

The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) is looking for a researcher for the research group ‘Offenders. Who commits crime, when, and why?’. The NSCR has a longstanding tradition of conducting life course research on crime. In this research group, we continue that tradition while also focusing on innovation in research topics and methods. We conduct thorough quantitative and qualitative research on socially relevant topics and collaborate with other research groups within the NSCR, as well as with scholars both domestically and internationally. We also collaborate with societal partners. You can learn more about this research group here.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a researcher with a relevant academic background, who can independently work on a research line within our research group in the coming years. We explicitly seek someone who also aims to search for connections with topics being researched in other research groups, who is keen on collaborating with others, is able to publish research in international scientific journals, and is willing to write appropriate grant proposals to attempt to secure funding for this research. Additionally, we seek someone who enjoys mentoring young researchers.

Requirements (summarized):

The researcher we are looking for:

  • Holds a PhD in a relevant discipline (such as criminology, sociology, psychology, educational sciences, or anthropology);
  • Has demonstrated affinity with the topics central to this research group;
  • Has sufficient experience to conduct independent research, publish, and communicate about the research;
  • Has their own ideas for an (innovative) research line within the existing program and can independently apply for funding for this;
  • Is proficient in (academic) English;
  • Is a pleasant colleague who enjoys collaboration and can provide guidance to younger researchers.

We offer:

  • A 3-year employment contract for 32-40 hours per week with the intention of continuation indefinitely.
  • A gross full-time monthly salary of minimum € 4,363 and maximum € 6,823 (depending on experience), in accordance with scale 11/12 CAO Research Institutions.
  • You will also receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.33%, holiday allowance of 8%, hybrid workplace, good pension plan and over 8 weeks of annual leave based on full-time employment. Click here for more information on our benefits.
  • A pre-employment screening, including the submission of a VOG, is part of the procedure.

About the NSCR

The NSCR is a national research institute that conducts fundamental scientific research in the field of crime and law enforcement. The NSCR is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and is located on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

More information:

For questions regarding this position, please contact: Prof. Dr. Veroni Eichelsheim (veichelsheim@nscr.nl). For information about the procedure or secondary employment conditions, please contact Manon Quik, HR Advisor (mquik@nscr.nl).

More information about the NSCR can be found at www.nscr.nl.

How to apply?

If you are interested in this position, you can apply by sending an email with your curriculum vitae and your motivation letter attached to vacature@nscr.nl mentioning: Researcher Research Group 1.


The closing date for this vacancy is 7 May 2024.