Longitudinal Description and Explanation Research') (1.0 FTE)
These PhD projects, funded by a NWO Open Competition grant awarded to Prof. Jaap Denissen, will be conducted at the Department of Psychology, Section of Developmental Psychology of Utrecht University. The proposed research aims to unravel the effects of negative life events on psychological functioning by improved description, explanation, and generalization. Using data from large and representative panel studies (e.g., the LISS panel), we will examine novel ways to describe nonlinear change in psychological functioning, by using sophisticated statistical methods that can take prior information into account. Furthermore, we will use event-triggered measurement bursts of plausible mediators (e.g., need satisfaction; re-alignment of shattered worldviews) to elucidate the mechanisms of change.
We are looking for dedicated candidates interested in the analysis of developmental patterns surrounding major life transitions. The candidate must thrive in a collaborative environment that also asks for autonomy, and hold a proactive, mastery-oriented approach to one's learning process. Research experience (e.g., in the context of a master thesis or research internship) in the field of analyzing the effects of life events or other contextual variables on developmental patterns is not required, but would be a plus. Both PhDs will benefit from courses from the Utrecht University graduate school, which also involve advanced statistical courses.
You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for one year with an extension to a total of 4.5 years upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. During the total period of 4.5 years 20% of the time will be spend on teaching. The gross salary ranges between €2,541 in the first year and €3,247 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year- end bonus of 8.3% per year.
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The candidate will be part of the Child and Adolescent Studies research school, which offers ample opportunity for additional training and professional growth. Interviews will be held in March and the preferred starting date is in the summer of 2023.
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The application deadline is 15/03/2023