Research Project: Route Choice behavior

The purpose of this project is to evaluate determinants that govern en-route route choice behavior of drivers (e.g. various sources of traffic queue information), and to better understand how laboratory results can be mapped to field results. In order to assess the behavioral determinants, information presentation (which information is presented when, and from which source, e.g. navigation device with traffic information or dynamic signs along highways with information from the road authorities) and at driver characteristics (familiarity with the road, driving experience etc) will be assessed. There will be controlled laboratory experiments, e.g. in a driving simulator, a video experiment and a field test, in which various parameters of driving behavior will be logged. The project will be supervised by Dr. Marieke Martens (TNO/UTwente), Prof. Dr. Adelbert Bronkhorst (TNO/VU) and Prof. Dr. Jan Theeuwes (VU).


The candidate has (or will have in the near future) an MSc degree in (applied) cognitive psychology, cognitive science, informatics, AI, or a comparable area. The candidate has a strong interest in applied experimental research, good research skills, and excellent ability to write and read English. Experience with programming or scripting languages (for example C++, Visual Basic, E-Prime, MatLab) is preferred. The candidate should be able to start at the latest on January 1, 2012.

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment will be for a period of one year with the possibility of an extension for a total duration of 4 years.  At the end of the fourth year, the appointment is finished with a PhD-thesis and a PhD-degree. Information about our excellent additional employment benefits – including holiday allowances of 8% per year – can be found at

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts €2.042,- gross per month in the first year up to €2.612,- in the fourth year gross per month (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment. You will be based half time at the VU in Amsterdam, and half time at TNO in Soesterberg.

Contract type

one year


The Faculty of Psychology and Education employs about 290 people. The Faculty consists of 9 scientific departments for education and research. There are about 1850 students enrolled. The faculty is characterized by high-quality scientific research and by scientific education with special focus on academic training. Within the faculty an informal atmosphere with short lines prevails.

The Department of Cognitive Psychology (Prof. Jan Theeuwes) of the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the VU University Amsterdam in collaboration with TNO (Prof. Adelbert Bronkhorst) is currently looking for a PhD student (Promovendi) in applied cognitive psychology.

Additional information

Further information on the above projects can be obtained from Dr. Marieke Martens (TNO), tel: +31.88.86658320, email: [email protected] or from Prof. Dr. Jan Theeuwes, tel. +, email: J.Thee[email protected]. Additional information on the Cognitive Psychology of the VU or information about working with TNO on The elaborate research proposal is available on request.

Written application accompanied by a CV should be sent to: Ms. Barbara Goudriaan, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Education, VU University Amsterdam, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands, or per e-mail to [email protected]. The deadline is October 31  2011.Please mention the vacancy number. Note, the application procedure may involve more than one round and is likely to involve a presentation.

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