PhD position Psychometrics and Statistics 1 (1.0 FTE)
This research project is part of the Vidi grant “Back to Bayesics: Solving the Reproducibility Crisis in Biomedicine” awarded to Dr D. van Ravenzwaaij. The project’s nature is primarily grounded in Methodology and Statistics, but is related to Biomedicine as well. It is concerned
- Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2972 - € 2972 per maand
This research project is part of the Vidi grant “Back to Bayesics: Solving the Reproducibility Crisis in Biomedicine” awarded to Dr D. van Ravenzwaaij. The project’s nature is primarily grounded in Methodology and Statistics, but is related to Biomedicine as well. It is concerned with reproducibility of research findings in biomedicine. It is motivated by the fact that large parts of the biomedical literature are difficult to replicate. An estimated 85% of research resources is wasted because of selective reporting and spurious findings (Macleod et al., 2014, The Lancet). A major culprit in this reproducibility crisis is the over-reliance on inappropriate statistical evidence criteria in both basic biomedical research and clinical trials (van Ravenzwaaij & Ioannidis, 2017). This project develops new Bayesian tools for better evaluating statistical evidence in medical research to combat the reproducibility crisis. The prospective PhD candidate will develop these state-of-the-art Bayesian statistical techniques. This project aims to tackle the reproducibility crisis in biomedicine by developing improved tools for evaluating statistical evidence and by making statistical expertise easily accessible to the biomedical scientist through interactive web apps. For this position, we are seeking a candidate with a background in methodology, statistics, and programming. The PhD candidate is expected to work closely together with: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0006UTP
We are looking for a PhD candidate:
• with a master’s degree in one of the Social Sciences or Applied Statistics with a strong academic record; a master’s degree in other domains will also be considered. In all cases, there must be evidence of a strong skills basis in and affinity with statistical procedures for data analysis
• who has experience with programming
• who has proficiency with the statistical programme R
• who has an affinity with the field of biomedicine
• who has excellent English and academic writing skills
• who is a team player with excellent communication and project management skills.
ConditionsThe University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,325 (salary scale PhD candidates Dutch Universities) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position, excluding a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end of the year bonus. The position requires residence in Groningen and must result in a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period. The successful candidate will be offered a temporary position of four years with an evaluation moment at the end of the first year. The prolongation of the contract after this first year is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected.
A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences.
In addition to the PhD position Psychometrics and Statistics, part of the contract entails implementing teaching tasks in the Psychology bachelor or master program.
The preferred starting date is between 1 May and 1 September 2019.
You may apply for this position until 31 March 11.59pm / before 1 April 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Applications must include:
• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (if any)
• transcript of master and bachelor degrees
• the contact information of two academic referees.
The interviews are planned in April 2019.
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Additional informationDr D. van Ravenzwaaij
Dr D. van Ravenzwaaij
Prof. R.R. Meijer
Prof. P. de Jonge