PhD student on Major Life Transitions and Personality Development in Young Adulthood

PhD student on Major Life Transitions and Personality Development in Young Adulthood

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13 Jun 31 Jul Tilburg

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The Department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University is looking for an enthusiastic
PhD student on Major Life Transitions and Personality Development in Young Adulthood (1,0 fte, 4 years)

Job description

The PhD-student will work at the Department of Developmental Psychology. Responsibilities are: 

  • Planning and executing data collection, independently conducting complex longitudinal data-analyses (e.g., latent growth curve modelling)
  • Active participation in the team involved in this project and in the Department of Developmental Psychology (e.g., by attending departmental meetings)
  • Writing international scientific publications 
  • Presenting at national and international scientific conferences and disseminating findings to a non-scientific audience (e.g., policy makers and mental health care professionals)
  • Teaching and supervision (e.g., supervision of bachelor theses and POP groups, max 0.2 FTE)


Tilburg University


We look for a highly motivated, inquisitive, enthusiastic, proactive, and result-driven PhD student. Applicants must have a relevant MSc degree (preferably a research master), for example in developmental, personality, social or organizational psychology, educational sciences, or in social/health sciences. 

  • Interest in conducting high-quality research on personality development
  • Interest in open science and preregistration
  • Excellent research skills and data analytical abilities, including in-depth knowledge of statistical programs (e.g., SPSS, Mplus or R) 
  • Excellent project management and organization skills 
  • Excellent communication and cooperation skills and the willingness to work in a team 
  • Proficiency in English (Dutch is a plus but not necessary)
  • Interest in providing education in the department, such as bachelor and master thesis supervision 

Conditions of employment

The PhD candidate will be employed by Tilburg University, which is among the top of the Dutch employers and has an excellent policy concerning terms of employment. 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 will be based on performance evaluation. The gross salary for the PhD position amounts to € 2434,- per month in the first year, rising to € 3111,- per month in the fourth year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week).


Tilburg University and the Department of Developmental Psychology

Tilburg University is a modern, specialized university. The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) has an inspiring working environment that challenges its employees to realize their ambitions; involvement and cooperation are essential to achieve this.

Tilburg University offers a bachelor’s and several master’s programs in psychology, including the research master “Individual Differences and Assessment” and “Social and Behavioral Sciences”, and a bachelor’s and master’s program in HR Studies.

The Department of Developmental Psychology within TSB is a well-established department with a strong reputation in academia that focused on individual differences in development. The department is well-known for its expertise in personality, psychosocial, and cognitive changes during the entire lifespan (from childhood to old age), and interactions between these changes with social relationships and life events. In addition to healthy development, research is also being conducted on developmental disorders and delinquent behavior. 
For more information about the Department of Developmental Psychology, please visit:


  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €2434—€3111 per month
  • University graduate
  • 20388



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