Interested in unraveling fundamental, cognitive and clinical mechanisms of psychopathology with cutting-edge experimental psychology methods? We are looking for a PhD candidate to join the Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment Programme.
You will be employed within the Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment (EPT) programme, embedded in the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI), part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. This research programme thrives on a unique combination of cutting-edge experimental psychology methods and clinical interest, expertise, applications and relevance.
As a PhD candidate, you will draft a research project together with your supervisory team, to better understand the cognitive, behavioural or neural mechanisms that underly psychopathology, vulnerability in healthy individuals, and treatment (selection, efficacy, outcomes). You will initiate, develop and execute several studies. You will write scientific papers, resulting in the completion of a PhD thesis at the end of your employment contract. As a participant in the BSI Graduate School PhD programme, you will be expected to complete several courses related to the basic scientific research skills such as presentation skills, scientific integrity, and data management. We also encourage you to attend and present your work at relevant workshops and conferences. You will have a 10% teaching load.
You will participate actively to the EPT community, where we host regular department events (scientific, support and social events).
Fixed-term contract: an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment Programme
We aim to acquire fundamental scientific and applied knowledge to better understand the cognitive, behavioural and neurobiological mechanisms of psychopathology and its treatment. We conduct empirical studies of clinically relevant processes such as biased information and affective processing, approach-avoidance tendencies, cognitive control, emotion regulation, and motivation. We study these processes in healthy and clinical populations (anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction) to assess the role of these processes in 1) the development and maintenance of psychopathology, 2) the change promoted by clinical and preventive interventions, 3) decision-making by patients and clinicians, and 4) the improvement of treatment selection and efficacy.
The combination of fundamental multi-modal research with the goal of improving treatment (selection, efficacy and prevention) is one of EPT's unique strengths. Our methods include behavioural measurements, eye-tracking, physiology, neuroimaging, neuromodulation and computational modelling. We collaborate intensively with local, national and international partners and societal partners (e.g. the Nijmegen Centre of Anxiety Research and Expertise, Dutch National Police).
Behavioural Science Institute
The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is a multidisciplinary research institute and one of the three research institutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University.
Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. Our mission is to strengthen people through understanding the foundations of human behaviour, by creating synergy between different paradigms, and by facilitating craftsmanship, curiosity and connection in academic research.
BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes, namely human development, connection and health. BSI conducts fundamental as well as applied/translational research and has excellent facilities and support for lab and field research. Moreover, BSI is known for its successful graduate school and strong commitment to open science.
Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ, Nijmegen
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Make sure to apply no later than 8 Oct 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).
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