PhD student Individual differences in mental health and well-being Developmental Psychology -1,0 fte

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Depressive feelings, delinquency, and substance use steeply increase between childhood and early adulthood, yet their underlying processes are not sufficiently understood. Furthermore, extant research has focused on general development, and has not adequately considered inter-individual ...

Functieomschrijving

Depressive feelings, delinquency, and substance use steeply increase between childhood and early adulthood, yet their underlying processes are not sufficiently understood. Furthermore, extant research has focused on general development, and has not adequately considered inter-individual differences in such processes. This PhD project endeavors to understand how developmental processes related to mental health may differ between individuals. Ultimately, the results of this project will yield unique insights that can inform theory and may help to tailor advice and intervention to the individual’s unique needs and strengths.

The aim of this PhD project is to examine the interplay among emotional processes, social relationships, and well-being in adolescents and young adults. This project will employ experience sampling and mobile sensing methodologies in combination with short-term intensive longitudinal studies (e.g., several times a day over several days) and long-term longitudinal studies (e.g., every 6 months to a year) to investigate the cognitive, affective, and behavioral processes that contribute to individual differences in mental health.

Functie-eisen

- an appropriate degree in Psychology, or related discipline (preferably a research master in behavioral sciences, or equivalent degree)

- background and interest in the topics of the Department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University (personality development; individual differences in health and well-being, emotions, and social relationships; forensic psychology)

- enthusiasm for and/or willingness to learn advanced statistics (e.g., structural equation models, time series, multilevel modeling)

- excellent communication skills in English and Dutch (oral and written)

- passion and curiosity for research

- organizational skills, collaborative attitude

Conditions

Tilburg University is among the top Dutch employers and has an excellent policy concerning terms of employment. The collective employment terms and conditions for Dutch universities will apply.

The appointments are intended to lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The PHD appointment begins with a period of 12 months. Continuation of the appointment with another 36 months will be based on performance evaluation. The gross salary for the PHD position amounts € 2191 per month in the first year, rising to € 2801 per month in the fourth year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week).

The starting date is negotiable, but no later than 1 September, 2017.

Bedrijfsomschrijving

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) is a modern, specialized university. The teaching and research of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are organized around the themes of Health, Organization, and Relations between State, Citizen, and Society. The Schools inspiring working environment challenges its workers to realize their ambitions; involvement and cooperation are essential to achieve this.

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University consists of an enthusiastic group of researchers interested in individual differences over the life span. Our research group pools experts in different stages of development. In our department, a broad spectrum of research designs and methods is used; our research is aimed at describing, explaining, and predicting the development of (problematic) individual differences over the entire life span. For this purpose, we study a wide variety of populations ranging from normative youth to forensic psychiatry patients.

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