Two vacant postdoctoral positions for the ERC project NEEDS: Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide (1.0 FTE)

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3068 - € 4028 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for Two vacant postdoctoral positions for the ERC project NEEDS: Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile ...

Functieomschrijving

We invite applications for two fully funded, full-time, 4-year postdoctoral positions to join the 5-year European Research Council funded project called “NEEDS: Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide“. NEEDS is headed by Dr. Marco Helbich at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, and is embedded in the interdisciplinary Healthy Urban Living research programme.

The project aims to understand the relationships between environments (i.e. the built, natural, and social environment), depression, and suicide in the Netherlands. A key aspect is that people are exposed to multiple environments not only throughout the day but also over the course of their lives affecting depression and suicide risk. To address this issue, a broad range of methodological innovations will be applied including tracking people with Global Positioning System-enabled smartphones, conducting register linkage studies on a population level, space-time data analytics and statistical modeling. The project promotes a multidisciplinary approach combining health science, geographic information science, and geography.

The first postdoctoral researcher will address how environmental exposures along people’s daily movement affect their degree of depression. Data will be collected through a survey and people’s mobility will be tracked with Global Positioning System. The second postdoctoral researcher will address to what extent environmental exposures over people’s life-course affect suicide mortality by means of setting up cohort study using linked population register data.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for passionate and motivated postdoctoral researchers, who:

  • have a PhD either in Health Science, Geographic Information Science, Geography, or related disciplines by the time of appointment;
  • have proven interest in and enthusiasm about the outlined research topics and methods;
  • have a strong research profile documented through high-quality publications;
  • are team players who can conduct academic research independently at the highest level;
  • are proficient in both spoken and written English and have excellent communication skills;
  • are well versed in quantitative data analytics (e.g., in R) and geographic information systems;
  • have excellent knowledge in conducting a survey and ideally knowing the Dutch language (for the depression study);
  • have, desirably, experience in project acquisition and proposal writing;
  • have the willingness to teach for 10% of their time (e.g., mentoring graduate students).

If this profile suits you, we encourage you to apply and are looking forward to meeting you.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

The successful candidate will initially be offered a full-time position as a researcher at Utrecht University for two years. On the basis of a positive evaluation halfway through the second year, the contract will be extended to up to four years.

Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities. Based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, the gross monthly salary starts in the first year at a minimum of €2,943 and a maximum of €4,028 (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. Applicants from abroad can apply for a 30% tax reduction. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information: working at Utrecht University.

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a contribution to commuting expenses, collective insurance schemes, and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). There are several options to adjust your employment conditions to your personal situation. Facilities for child care and sports are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht. More information can be found in the terms of employment.

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a contribution to commuting expenses, collective insurance schemes, and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). There are several options to adjust your employment conditions to your personal situation. Facilities for child care and sports are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht. More information can be found in the terms of employment.

Additionele informatie

Confidential inquiries can be directed to Marco Helbich at m.helbich@uu.nl.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  • a cover letter (max. 2 pages) describing your motivation for one of the positions, how your experience is relevant for the project and how you contribute to the project;
  • your curriculum vitae including the names and addresses of two referees who we may contact;
  • a complete list of publications;
  • a writing sample of a selected publication.

Bedrijfsomschrijving

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

The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University offers a unique environment to study societal challenge as it combines knowledge on energy efficiency, economics, energy policy, behavioral sciences, innovation systems, and knowledge on (sustainable) urban development.

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities and how to ensure a healthy urban living. Research on these topics takes place within our research program “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”.

Our research program is the basis for our research masters Human Geography and Geographical Information Management and Applications and professional masters in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning. The department runs also a large and highly appreciated bachelors programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates. Unique characteristics of the department are a special team focusing on innovations within teaching methods and a center of expertise which brings the knowledge from fundamental research outside our university by educational programs for high school teachers and professional consultancy for public partners.

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