Post-doc research on interpersonal problems in anxiety and depression (0.8-1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 May 2024

Thanks to a grant from the foundation “Stichting tot Steun VCVGZ” we can appoint a postdoctoral researcher for 2 years to conduct research with us on the role of interpersonal factors in the course of anxiety and depression. This concerns research with existing data from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA, see

). As a postdoc on this project you will work with the longitudinal data of ~1500-2000 participants. To gain insight into interpersonal functioning, the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP) and an Implicit Association Test (IAT) were administered to these participants. The aim of the research is to gain insight into how scores on these measures relate to the development, severity, and duration of anxiety and depression. You will analyze the data. This requires circular (directional) statistics. You will write down the results of the four planned sub-studies as scientific publications.

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Within the faculty you will work in the Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology unit. The research is led by Dr Marije aan het Rot and Prof. Peter de Jong, affiliated with this unit. Our unit is part of the Department of Psychology. We conduct research on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. Our focus is on (transdiagnostic) controllable factors that contribute to the development, existence, or recurrence of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma-related disorders, and prolonged grief. Our research is often (quasi) experimental, involving both patients and analogous groups, or longitudinal, such as in NESDA. In addition, we develop and test new interventions in collaboration with various mental health institutions.

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements

  • a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology or in Statistics within the Social Sciences (or a related discipline)
  • a relevant publication record demonstrating your ability to publish international academic publications
  • a clear interest in research that lies on the border of clinical psychology and applied statistics
  • excellent verbal and writing skills in English (a good command of the Dutch language is preferred but not required)
  • ability to work independently and manage joint research activities
  • a team player with strong communication skills
  • demonstrable competences as conceptual capacity, environment orientation, presenting, and result orientation
  • experience with circular (directional) and Bayesian statistics and data analysis in R or the willingness to specialize in this.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities

  • depending on qualifications and work experience, a salary of € 3,226 to a maximum of € 5,090 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • attractive secondary terms of employment
  • the position is classified in accordance with the University Job Classification (UFO) system; the UFO profile is Researcher 4
  • a temporary contract of 1.0 FTE for a period of 2 years or 0.8 FTE for a period of 2.5 years.

Intended starting date: 1 September 2024

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