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PhD position in Cognitive Science, Complex Systems, and Team Dynamics

This PhD position is part of the NWO funded project ‘Coordination and complexity: Augmenting team adaptive performance in crisis situations with wearable technology‘.

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Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur


The research will be conducted under supervision of prof. dr. Max Louwerse, co-promotor/daily supervisor dr. Travis J. Wiltshire, and second promotor dr. Josette Gevers (TU/e).

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Perform scientific research in the domain described;
  • Develop innovative methods;
  • Present results at (international) conferences;
  • Publish results in scientific journals;
  • Participate in activities of the project group, mainly in Tilburg and Eindhoven but sometimes on site with project partners at various locations within the country.


Candidates should:

  • Have a (research) MSc. in a relevant area such as Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, AI, Data Science, or a related discipline;
  • Strong programming skills in R, Matlab, and/or Python or otherwise;
  • Have a strong interest in complex systems, dynamics, and/or teamwork;
  • Have excellent analytical skills and be highly motivated and rigorous;
  • Have good technical understanding (or ability to learn) complex systems methods, time series analysis, and advanced statistics;
  • Be a fast learner, autonomous and creative, show dedication and be hard working;
  • Possess good communication skills and be an efficient team worker;
  • Be fluent in English, both spoken and written.


This PhD position will be employed at Tilburg University. We offer:

  • A full-time position.
  • The selected candidate will start with a contract for one year. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years.
  • A minimum gross salary of € 2,325 per month up to a maximum of € 2,972, in the fourth year;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually);
  • Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary (the 30% tax regulation). The University will apply for such an allowance on their behalf;
  • Assistance in finding accommodation (for foreign employees);
  • The opportunity to perform cutting edge research in a large-scale science project involving TiU, TU/e, and several commercial partners bringing together expertise of several senior researchers;
  • Support for your personal development and career planning including participation in courses, summer schools, conference visits, research visits to other institutes (both academic and industrial), etc.;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including excellent technical infrastructure, savings schemes and excellent sport facilities).

Additional information

Project information

This PhD position is part of the NWO funded project ‘Coordination and complexity: Augmenting team adaptive performance in crisis situations with wearable technology‘. This project will investigate team coordination dynamics across multiple modalities (i.e., physiology, speech, motion) to determine how specific coordination dynamics (e.g., synchrony, contagion), and the transitions therein, could be used for assessing, monitoring, and eliciting effective team functioning of work teams in general, and those operating in crisis situations specifically. Subsequently, human-centered design will be used for developing and evaluating ways to monitor and augment team functioning and performance in real-life crisis scenarios as well as team training contexts.

Your efforts will be primarily devoted to modeling coordination dynamics of team members as well as adapting and innovating methods for detecting critical transitions in the coordination dynamics of teams. We will work to design and develop a method that can be utilized during real-time team interactions to detect when teams are exhibiting effective/ineffective coordination patterns and implementing feedback systems that augment team functioning.

More detailed project information can be provided on request. Please contact dr. Travis J. Wiltshire or Josette Gevers (TU/e).