Doctoral scholarship holder Boredom and smartphone use

Updated: 2 months ago

Department: Department of Communication Studies
Regime Full-time

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The Department of Communication Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences is looking for a fulltime doctoral scholarship holder in the field of boredom and smartphone use.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis boredom and smartphone use. You will study: a) the psychophysiological processes that underlie the experience of boredom, b) the effect of boredom on smartphone use (e.g. which contents/applications do people select?), c) the impact of smartphone use on boredom (was the attempt to regulate boredom successful or not?).
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Department of Communication Studies and the Research Group MIOS.


  • You hold a Master degree in Communication Science or Psychology or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results (minimal “distinction” in you Master).
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have a deep interest in (and experience with) new communication technologies and quantitative methods (surveys and experimental studies) . You have experience with, or are willing to develop skills to conduct, psychophysiological research within the domain of communication science.
  • You are highly proficient in spoken and written English.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at the City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here . 

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 9 August 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your CV and a sample of your academic writing (e.g. the Master thesis, an academic article, …you wrote).
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Heidi Vandebosch ( ) or Prof. Karolien Poels ( ).

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