Two PhD positions on Positive Emotions (4 years)

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2191 - € 2801 per maand

The Department of Social Psychology, part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), has two PhD positions on Positive Emotions (4 years).
The two PhD candidate positions will examine the nonverbal communication of ...


The Department of Social Psychology, part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), has two PhD positions on Positive Emotions (4 years).

The two PhD candidate positions will examine the nonverbal communication of positive emotions across cultures and ages. The projects will examine cultural and developmental similarities and differences in facial (position 1) and vocal (position 2) behaviours associated with positive emotions. The projects will include the development of a set of new paradigms for eliciting a range of positive emotions. As well as being hosted in the supportive research atmosphere of the department of Social Psychology, the PhD candidates will have the opportunity to establish research connections with international collaborators.

The PhD candidates will conduct their research under the supervision of Dr Disa Sauter at the University of Amsterdam, and engage with her research group as part of Dr Sauter’s ERC-funded project An Empirical Foundation for Understanding Positive Emotions. The projects will also be embedded within the Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion.

The positions include allowances for research expenses, including computer and recording materials, participant costs, experimental materials, and travel and subsistence costs towards project-specific travel, including conferences. The positions also offer an opportunity to gain experience with teaching, subject to availability and qualifications.


You have or are about to finish a MSc or MA in Psychology or related discipline. You have an interest in emotion and in nonverbal communication. You have some experience of designing, executing, and analysing quantitative research; knowledge of the Facial Action Coding System (position 1) or acoustics (position 2) are advantageous. Your written and spoken English are excellent and you have a strong interest in pursuing a scientific career. You also have good research project management skills and the ability manage workload and resources to meet deadlines. You are willing and able to travel internationally (costs will be covered by the project grant).


The positions start in September 2017 but a later date may be considered, and are initially for 1 year. Extension of the contract after the first year to a total of four years is subject to satisfactory performance.

For PhD candidates, the gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities, i.e. ranging from €2,191 in the first year to €2,801 in the final year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additional information

Informal inquiries can be directed to:

  • Dr. Disa Sauter
    Please quote 'Inquiry PhD position Positive Emotions Project' in the subject line.

A summary of the research proposal can be made available for interested candidates.

For full consideration, applications should be send by email to:

before 26 May 2017, and include a CV, a letter of motivation (maximally two pages), and names and email of two potential references. Please quote the project title on your application and include all the required documentation when applying. As this appointment is to work on an already specified project, there is no need to provide a complete research proposal. However, you should include in your motivation letter a research statement that specifies how your research to date is relevant to the project, and a brief proposal that outlines how you might approach studying positive emotion experiences across cultures.


With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad. The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Department of Social Psychology

The Department of Social Psychology is supported by approximately 15 tenured faculty members, and currently hosts 13 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. We offer a dynamic environment in an internationally recognized department, ranking among the best in Europe for research and teaching. This is paired with an informal and supportive atmosphere. Amsterdam is an international city, consistently ranked as one of the world’s top places to live. For non-Dutch applicants, the 30% ruling tax advantage may apply.

The Department of Psychology is a part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), which is the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7500 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programs in Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences.

The Department is situated centrally in Amsterdam, and hosts program groups focusing on social, organisational, developmental, clinical, statistical, and cognitive psychology. It offers excellent facilities for undertaking research in a broad range of areas, including EEG, ERP, TMS, and fMRI, cognitive behavioural testing suites, eye-tracker, and a social observation lab.


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