Postdoc position Statistical modeling of intensive longitudinal triadic data (ref. BAP-2023-260)

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jun 2023

13 May 2023
Job Information

KU Leuven
Research Field

Psychological sciences » Behavioural sciences
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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

5 Jun 2023 - 23:52 (Africa/Abidjan)
Type of Contract

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Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The successful candidate will work in the Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences under the supervision of Eva Ceulemans. The group offers an international, productive, collaborative, and interactive environment with about 6 faculty and 26 graduate and postdoc researchers, most of which study different aspects of emotion dynamics, time series analysis and intensive longitudinal study design. See for further information. The successful candidate will also become a member of the EOS Consortium TRIAD. The TRIAD project pools different fields of expertise to study family dynamics. Using innovative statistical, psychophysiological, and genetic methods, our goal is to understand how resilience is transmitted between parents and their children. The EOS consortium is a collaboration between eight PI's (at three Flemish and two Walloon universities) with different domains of expertise, who are each at the top of their field. The consortium PI team consists of: Rudi De Raedt (Ghent University), Guy Bosmans (KU Leuven), Eva Ceulemans (KU Leuven), Rudi D'Hooge (KU Leuven), Frank Kooy (Universiteit Antwerpen), Mandy Rossignol (Université de Mons), Sarah Galdiolo (Université de Mons), Alexandre Heeren (Université Catholique de Louvain). The consortium members have already inspired and complemented each other. We very much hope that the successful candidate will equally enjoy, as well as benefit from, the complementarity of available expertise. The KU Leuven-University of Leuven is a research oriented institution and is consistently ranked among the top research universities in Europe. Leuven is one of the oldest university towns in Europe, about 30 km from Brussels. It has a rich history, culture and night life, and a unique friendly atmosphere.

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Resilience, understood as the ability of people to resist and bounce back after a stressful and adverse event, protects parents and children against the development of psychopathology. Because daily family life requires constant adaptation to changing challenging situations, there is an urge for research to underpin programs strengthening family resilience. In the TRIAD project, we will study the transmission of stress resilience between mother, father, and child, to identify biobehavioural dynamics and factors contributing to resilience transmission in Belgian families with children aged between 10 and 12 years. Resilience transmission is a dynamic process whereby family members mutually affect each other’s capacity to recover from stressful events. We expect that resilience transmission is related to biobehavioral family factors such as family (epi-)genetic, physiological, endocrinological, and climate profiles. We will also investigate the spontaneous synchronization between parent and child social behavior, and their physiology when confronted with emotional and stressful situations. Studying biobehavioral synchrony in the context of resilience transmission is highly innovative. It can lead to scientific breakthroughs, expanding our understanding of resilience and strategies to support families’ resilience in the face of distress.


Within this project, the responsibilities of the postdoc will be:

● Developing quantitative methods for intensive longitudinal triadic data that allow to capture synchronization and transmission

● Developing open-source software and collaborate in the development of workshops 

● Writing papers for publication in international peer-reviewed journals

● Collaborating with researchers from the TRIAD consortium





The applicant has a PhD preferably in statistical modeling of intensive longitudinal data or time series, a passion for research, a strong track record as evidenced by international scientific publications, and excellent English communication and writing skills. A background in research on emotion, well-being, dyadic processes and/or affect dynamics is an asset.


Motivated candidates of all nationalities, who have the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinary and international research environment with a strong commitment to research, are invited to apply.


We offer:

● a fully funded postdoc position for one year (extendable to three years), starting on October 1st 2023.

● an enthusiastic and supportive research group.

● a research consortium of top-level researchers in resilience, working with cutting edge data collection and statistical methods.

● excellent research facilities, conference/travel budget, and a competitive salary with various additional benefits (in terms of holidays, health insurance, transport costs).

Research Field
Psychological sciences » Behavioural sciences
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

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KU Leuven
Postal Code
Parijsstraat 72b

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