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PhD student at Developmental Psychology (0,8 fte, 4 years)

The Department of Developmental Psychology is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student on the Dynamics Between Parenting and Adaptation in Teens Developmental Psychology (0,8 fte, 4 years)

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


Depression, substance use, and minor delinquency steeply increase during adolescence. Parents are in a unique position to counter these adaptation problems, but each family is different. Tailoring advice to the family-specific needs and strengths may help parents in their important task of promoting adolescent behavioral and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, theoretical knowledge of how parenting processes operate at the level of individual families is missing. The ADAPT-program, of which this PhD-position will be part, aims at obtaining these fundamental theoretical insights into how parenting promotes adolescent well-being in individual families.

The project has a strong focus on applying new methods to this question, but it also entails data collection among high school students. It will use smart phones to obtain highly frequent, real-time, multi-informant assessments of parent-child interactions (i.e., Experience Sampling Methods). To analyze these intensive data, the project involves first applications of state-of-the-art data-analytical approaches to intensive longitudinal data (e.g., Continuous-Time structural equation modeling; time series models for dyadic data). Thus, in order to quantify the complex reality of parenting adolescents at the level of individual families, the PhD-student will embrace technological and data-analytical innovations.

The project is funded by a NWO-VIDI grant, awarded to Loes Keijsers. The PhD-student will be part of a larger project-team working on solving similar theoretical problems and developing applications to translate novel theoretical findings into e-health applications. Moreover, (s)he can rely on a broader network of expertise of the Tilburg Experience Sampling Center for analytical and methodological support.


an appropriate degree in Psychology, or related discipline. Preferably a research master in behavioral sciences or equivalent degree

- proven expertise, enthusiasm for, and willingness to learn novel advanced statistics for longitudinal and intensive data (e.g., CT-SEM, time series, structural equation models, multilevel modeling)

- interest in adolescent development, parenting, and e-health applications

- excellent communication skills in English and in Dutch (oral and written; needed for data collection)

- passion and curiosity for research

- a growth mind set, eagerness to learn, and willingness to explore new theoretical territory and new methods

- organizational skills, collaborative, and flexible attitude

- interest in the topics of the Department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University


Tilburg University has an excellent policy concerning terms of employment. The collective employment terms and conditions for Dutch universities will apply. The appointments are intended to lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The PHD appointment begins with a period of 12 months. Continuation of the appointment with another 36 months (with an appointment for 0,8 fte) will be based on performance evaluation. The gross salary for the PHD position amounts € 2266 per month in the first year, rising to € 2897 per month in the fourth year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week). The starting date is negotiable, but no later than April, 1st 2019.

Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy and the VIDI-project can be obtained from Dr. Loes Keijsers (Loes.Keijsers@tilburguniversity.edu).