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PhD candidate Clinical Psychology (0.8-1.0 FTE)

Omvang (fte)
Geplaatst op
16 januari 2024
6 februari 2024 Vacature gesloten

The section Clinical Psychology of the institute of Psychology and the Leids Universitair Behandel- en Expertise Centrum (LUBEC) are looking for a

PhD candidate Clinical Psychology (0.8-1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 14475

Title of the project: “Improving laboratory models for treatment of anxiety and stress-related psychopathology.”

Project description
Anxiety and stress-related psychopathology, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), place a significant burden on society. While effective treatment exists, not all patients significantly improve and there is a great need to better understand therapeutic mechanisms that may account for this. Therefore, in this project we aim to identifying strategies that make treatments of disorders such as PTSD effective by focusing on laboratory models of exposure therapy. Many factors that are central to exposure therapy in the clinic are not sufficiently modeled in the laboratory. The PhD position is designed to bridge the gap between the clinic and the laboratory by focusing on the translation of clinical knowledge and observations into experimental laboratory settings. The aim is to leverage clinical insights to inform and drive innovative research methodologies within the laboratory, thereby enhancing our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of anxiety and stress-related psychopathology and treatment.

The PhD student will contribute ideas about the design of laboratory research, recruit and test participants, carry out data handling and analyses, and write articles which will culminate in a dissertation. About 10% of the time will be spent on teaching, such as supervising BSc and MSc thesis projects.

Selection criteria

  • Master's degree (preferably Research Master) in Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, or closely related study program;
  • Proven interest in experimental psychopathology;
  • Proven interest in clinical work and/or population;
  • Good analytical, statistical, programming skills (e.g., Matlab; python, R), preferably experience working with psychophysiological measures (e.g. skin conductance, heart rate, pupil data);
  • Good social and communication skills and enthusiasm about closely collaborating with other team members;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Dutch speaking or willing to learn;

Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 7,000 students and 1000 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences.

Terms and conditions
The appointment will initially be for 12 months and if evaluated positively extended with 3 years, and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The salary ranges from €2770 gross per month in the 1st year up to €3539 gross per month in the 4th year based on a fulltime employment (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

The supervisory team consists of Dr. Linda de Voogd, Dr. Rianne de Kleine, Dr. Bart Verkuil, Prof. Dr. Maartje Schoorl, en Prof. Dr. Bernet Elzinga. For more information about the vacancy, please contact Dr. Linda de Voogd (l.d.de.voogd@fsw.leidenuniv.nl).

Please submit online your application no later than 6 February 2024 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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