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Postdoc researcher Medical and Clinical Psychology (0,8-1,0 fte - 23 months)

CoRPS & NTR are looking for a colleague in the function of Postdoc (0,8-1,0 fte - 23 months)

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Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur


As a postdoc you shape the CoRPS/NTR collaborative project. You will work with existing data from the Netherlands Twin Register and biobank, with a focus on combining and analyzing genetic and physiological data, thus:

  • Liaise with the collaborative partners of the project as well as the wider consortium
  • Conduct genetic analyses in collaboration with other partners in the Type D consortium
  • Conduct advanced mechanistic analyses on prospective biobank data
  • Conduct genetic analyses in relation to withdrawn behavior
  • Take a leading role in writing up results, and publishing papers


  • You have obtained a PhD in behavior genetics, genetic biostatistics or alike and have experience with conducting GWAS analyses
  • Your qualities and interest in individual differences become clear from an excellent thesis and from publications in leading international scientific journals.
  • You have proven experience in handling large quantitative datasets, the execution of complex statistical analysis and you are able to work with specialized software programs. Besides, you have an independent, analytic mind, and you are accurate in your work
  • Good writing and communication skills in English is a prerequisite
  • You are a curious, critical, enthusiastic team player willing to integrate in two research institutes


In addition to attractive perquisites (Tilburg University is among the most valued non-profit employers) and an appealing, international work climate, we offer a temporary employment for 23 months. Your salary is in accordance with the level of the position and co-determined by your experience and schooling.

Additional information

The postdoc will be appointed at the Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology of Tilburg University, but will spend an important part of the week in Amsterdam, at the NTR of the Vrije Universiteit.

The aim of the project is to gain more knowledge on the biological underpinnings and correlates of Type D personality. To this end, the project will comprise of three pillars. In the first pillar, in the context of a larger consortium, a genetic epidemiological study of Type D personality is conducted, including genome wide analysis, GTCA, and polygenic risk scores to be associated with intermediate phenotypes. The second pillar consists of epidemiological mechanistic research. Type D personality is a risk factor for the incidence and progression of cardiovascular disease. Prior research has shown a relation with several immune, endothelial and oxidative stress biomarkers in samples of patients with heart disease. The NTR dataset will allow for a large epidemiological study into the prediction of biomarkers by Type D personality in a preclinical sample with a large age range, allowing for advanced analyses. Third, Type D personality is a composite of two stable traits, i.e. negative affectivity and social inhibition. One of the most intriguing and under-researched areas is how the childhood characteristics of withdrawn behavior transfer into adult personality, and to what extent genes are involved in this transition. This third pillar of the project will examine the genetics of withdrawn behavior as an important element of behavioral/social inhibition, across time.

For more information about the School and Department, as well as the position, you can call or e-mail dr. Nina Kupper (+31 13 4662956 or mail h.m.kupper@tilburguniversity.edu.