Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

30 Jan 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

30 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

When people share their emotions, they often show the same rhythms in movements, heart rate and brain activity. In this project, you will investigate how such synchrony contributes to interpersonal emotion regulation in healthy partners and cancer survivors and their partners. To this end, you will use complex statistical techniques (e.g. time-frequency analysis, autoregression models).

Your duties

  • designing and conducting experiments regarding interpersonal emotion regulation and synchronization of movements and physiological responses
  • analyzing complex data on interpersonal synchronization processes
  • editing and analysing of video recordings of body movements, cardiological measurements and possibly EEG
  • collecting data from healthy volunteers and cancer survivors and their partners
  • writing a coherent series of articles in English, culminating in a dissertation, and publishing these articles in leading scientific journals
  • collaborating with other PhD students and national/international experts at the Amsterdam Emotion Regulation Lab
  • communicating about the research results via popular (social) media
  • attending and presenting research at international conferences

Specific Requirements
  • completed WO / MSc education, in the field of social, cognitive or clinical psychology, exercise science or cognitive neuroscience
  • knowledge and experience of/with conducting experimental-psychological or psychophysiological research

experience with quantitative research methods and complex statistical analyses.

  • experience with programming in advanced statistical software such as R or MATLAB is a plus
  • adequate command of the Dutch language (for communicating with test subjects)

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

  • a salary of minimum € 2.770,00 (PhD) and maximum € 3.539,00 (PhD) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile PhD candidate. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for at least 0.8 FTE. Your employment contract will initially last 1 year.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:

  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • the possibility to work partly from home
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • space for personal development

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application.

Submitting a diploma, a reference check and an assessment are part of the application procedure.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
Van der Boechorststraat 7

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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