PhD candidate RPA Yield - Changing peer norms to improve self-regulation in youth

Research Priority Area Yield of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is looking for a PhD candidate for the project ’Changing peer norms to improve self- …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Research Priority Area Yield of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is looking for a PhD candidate for the project ’Changing peer norms to improve self-regulation in youth’. The project will start in September 2018 and will be supervised by prof. Geertjan Overbeek, dr Eddie Brummelman, dr Helle Larsen and dr Wouter van den Bos.

Adolescence is a turbulent phase of development. Around the transition to adolescence, self-regulation failures such as aggression typically emerge or worsen. These self-regulation failures come at great cost for individuals, communities, and society at large. How can these failures be prevented so as to help youths thrive? This project examines whether self-regulation can be improved by addressing something that youths care deeply about: the social norms within their peer group. The aim is to conduct a randomized-controlled trial and follow-up experiments to investigate how changing social norms may affect self-regulation, and to examine how this may create effective behaviour change and improve mental and physical health in youths. Moreover, this project examines how specific changes in youths cascade into healthier peer networks (increased feelings of safety, less conflicts and bullying, and fewer signs of physical ill-health). The project combines insights from pedagogics, developmental psychology, and social psychology, and will shed new light on how we can help youths flourish.

Tasks

  • Participation in the PhD-programme of the Graduate School of Child Development and Education and RPA Yield;
  • independently carrying out research, writing scientific articles, and completing a PhD dissertation within four or five years;
  • active participation in the programme group of Preventive Youth Care, and the Research Institute of Child Development and Education;
  • participating in conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scholarly activities.

Functie-eisen

The PhD candidate should have the following credentials:

  • graduated with excellent results on a research-based Research Master or Master thesis in (Ortho)Pedagogics, Psychology, or a closely related discipline;
  • interest in children and adolescents, and how we can use knowledge from psychology and pedagogics to help them flourish;
  • experience in carrying out quantitative research, and interest in learning social network analyses;
  • excellent communication and academic writing skills (Dutch and English);
  • excellent organization and project coordination skills;
  • experience/interest in working with teachers and schools and children and adolescents;
  • knowledge of/interest in peer relations development both in childhood and in adolescence;
  • knowledge of/interest in school-based peer interventions;
  • ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.

Conditions

The appointment will be for a period of 12 months plus a further 36 or 48 months (depending on either a 0.8 fte/1.0 fte appointment) contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year. Intended start date for the project is 3 September 2018.

The gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in conformity with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For more information please contact:

Applications must be sent by e-mail with the required documents:

  • curriculum vitae ;
  • motivation letter;
  • grade list.

You can send these as one PDF file to vacatures-pow-fmg@uva.nl before 25 June 2018. Please note that application interviews will be held on Monday, 2 July and/or Wednesday, 4 July 2018.

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