Faculty of Social Sciences
Vacancy number: 24.05.18
Application deadline: 13 March 2018
The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) Graduate School offers talented Master’s students the opportunity to become PhD candidates in Behavioural Science. Please write a short research proposal about a topic of your choice that has a good fit with research conducted at the BSI. Your proposal should describe a study that you would like to conduct. We encourage multidisciplinary research that crosses the boundaries of our BSI research programmes. Your proposal serves two goals: it is an opportunity to propose new and original research, and it is a demonstration of your current research competencies. If you are selected, your actual project may be your proposal or may differ from your proposal. This will be determined together with your supervisors.
The BSI is a multidisciplinary behavioural research institute. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. The BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. Both fundamental research and applied/translational research are conducted. For more information, please visit our website.
The BSI is a research institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. It has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The BSI Graduate School is recognised by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and includes a two-year Research Master’s programme and a PhD training programme.
The BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG measurements and GSR recording, psychobiological research, and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG and TMS) are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.
What we expect from you
You must have a Master’s degree (e.g. a Research Master’s degree in Behavioural Science, Psychology, Educational Science, or Communication Science) as well as excellent research, methodological and statistical skills.
All applications must be submitted in the form of three separate PDF files:
1) A motivation letter of not more than 1 page
2) A curriculum vitae including all grades obtained for the BSc degree and MSc degree
3) A project proposal (750 words max.) including:
-Theory, research questions and hypotheses (approx. 250 words)
-Methods (approx. 300 words)
-Expected results and societal relevance (approx. 200 words)
For the proposal, please use the format provided on www.ru.nl/bsi/graduate-school/phd-positions-2018/ and convert it to PDF once completed for submission.
What we have to offer
- employment: 1.0 FTE;
- in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
- duration of the contract: 4 years;
- the starting salary is €2,222 per month on a full-time basis, the salary will increase to €2,840 per month in the fourth year (P-scale);
- you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
- as part of the contract, you will participate in teaching for approximately 10% of your work time;
- you will be classified as a PhD student (Promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);
- you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?
Would you like to know more?
Further information on: Behavioural Science Institute
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Ralph Jaspers, manager of operations
Telephone: +3124 361 20 23
Prof. Toon Cillessen, director
Are you interested?
You should upload your application (attn. of selection committee) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):
- A motivation letter of not more than 1 page
- A curriculum vitae including all grades obtained for the BSc degree and MSc degree
- A project proposal (750 words max.)
Selected applicants will be invited to an interview. In the first round of interviews, applicants will be asked to briefly explain their motivation and research proposal, and will subsequently be asked a number of questions by the selection committee. The best candidates from the first round will be invited for a second interview. Interviews are scheduled for April/May 2018.