Two Phd Candidates In Psychology (Nwo Project 'Elder: Life-Event Longitudinal Description And Explanation Research') (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
March 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2,541
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2 PhD candidates in Psychology (NWO project 'ELDER: Life-Event

Longitudinal Description and Explanation Research') (1.0 FTE)

Job description

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.

  • master's degree in psychology, pedagogics, mathematics/statistics/machine learning, or an associated field;
  • excellent mastering of research methods and statistical methods;
  • strong proactive, collaborative, and creative working approach;
  • flexibility, strong social and organizational skills;
  • ability to work in a team while maintaining autonomy;
  • excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Offer

    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.

    About the organization A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences, and Sustainability. Additional information

    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.

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

    The application deadline is 15/03/2023

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