PhD candidate FutureU research program

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Dec 2021

The Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (Freiburg, Germany) are looking for a

PhD candidate FutureU research program (1.0 FTE)  

Vacancy number 21-553 10022

Are you interested in novel technologies such as virtual reality and smartphone applications and conducting state-of-the-art empirical research? Do you aspire to be a researcher that conducts innovative research with societal relevance? And would you like to gain experience at renowned scientific institutes in the Netherlands and Germany? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this position may be something for you.

This PhD position is part of an international research project that involves the Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law and is led by Prof. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder.

Project description

Many people are focused on the here and now and often find long-term thinking challenging. Such ‘short-term mindsets’ often result in negative behaviors such as overspending, delinquency, substance use, and reckless decision making. This PhD position is part of a large research program that involves the development of a novel intervention that aims to stimulate long-term thinking and reduce such self-defeating behaviors. The intervention uses virtual reality and a smartphone application to present late adolescents/young adults with a virtual version of their future self and allows them to interact with this future self to make them more aware of the future and more inclined to take the long-term consequences of their behavior into account.

The first year of the 4-year PhD project will be completed at the Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University when most of the data collection will take place. The remaining three years will be carried out at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany.  

Key responsibilities
As a PhD candidate in this project, your primary tasks are to:

  • contribute to the development of a novel intervention to reduce negative and increase positive behaviors using virtual reality and/or a smartphone application;
  • set up and conduct experiments in the lab and possibly also in the field;
  • investigate the effectiveness of this intervention through large-scale research;
  • manage support staff (including Bachelor/Master students and research assistants);
  • write scientific articles and give presentations at scientific conferences;
  • complete a PhD thesis in line with the research program topic

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