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Are you interested in a PhD position that develops cutting-edge methodology for the analysis of psychological networks? We are looking for two PhD candidates to take part in the ERC-funded program A New Bayesian Foundation for Psychometric Network Modelling (Bayesian P-Nets) led by Dr. Maarten Marsman.
The psychological literature on network modelling is growing rapidly and Bayesian statistics offers concrete solutions to outstanding methodological problems (e.g., https://psyarxiv.com/vusdn). The two PhD candidates will develop new Bayesian methodology to analyse network models that cover a broad range of psychometric variables. One PhD project primarily focuses on modelling cross-sectional data and the other on modelling longitudinal data. Both candidates also work on implementing the newly developed methods in open statistical software (i.e., R, C++, and JASP). Additionally, the candidates will work on eliciting sensible prior distributions for network structures and parameters, and collaborate with substantive researchers that seek to apply the new methodology to their existing datasets.
The PhD projects will be conducted within the Psychological Methods program group at the University of Amsterdam, which is one of the largest and most successful research centres in the field of psychological methods. Its main areas of research are network analysis, Bayesian statistics, mathematical psychology, and psychometrics. Next to developing novel research methodologies, we also actively develop psychological theories on a variety of topics, including intelligence, psychopathology, and decision making. The group has a general focus on supporting open science and has made important methodological contributions to facilitate transparent research practices in the past decade.
What are you going to do
What do we require
For these positions, it is essential that you have:
It is also essential you will make Amsterdam (or a location within commuting distance) your primary residence for the duration of the PhD project.
It is furthermore desirable (but not essential) that you have
Please note that knowledge of the Dutch language is not required for this position, nor is it required for being able to live in Amsterdam.
Fixed-term contract: 12 months.
The position concerns a temporary appointment of 38 hours per week for a term of 4 years. The initial contract will be for a period of 12 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. For this position the University Job Classification profile 'promovendus' applies.
Your salary will be €2,443 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3,122 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.
What else do we offer
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.
A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.
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