Netherlands : PhD Candidate in Human Motivation and Performance at the BSI Graduate School

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) Graduate School offers a talented Master’s student the opportunity to write a research project proposal and become a PhD candidate in Behavioural Science. The PhD candidate will carry out research on human motivation and/or performance within the context of the BSI’s Work, Stress and Health programme. Please write a short research proposal about a research topic of your choice that fits this general theme. We encourage multidisciplinary proposals that address both biological and psychological aspects of human motivation and/or performance. Also, we strongly value applicability (e.g. to work-related health and productivity) and originality. Proposals must clearly be the applicant’s own work (not copies of NWO Onderzoekstalent or proposals written by others).

Work environment

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University Nijmegen. The faculty’s ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is one of the research institutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences. It received excellent ratings in a recent evaluation. Its mission is to conduct top-level research on human behaviour. In addition to this fundamental aim (to understand behaviour), we aim at societal relevance (to influence behaviour). The BSI Graduate School, which is officially recognized by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), is responsible for the training and supervision of the institute’s PhD candidates.

The BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG measurements and GSR recording, psychobiological research, and behavioural measurements in both real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, including fMRI, MEG and TMS, are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.

What we expect from you

You should have a Master’s degree (e.g. a Research Master’s degree in Behavioural Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or Educational Science) as well as excellent research, methodological and statistical skills.

What we have to offer

We offer you:
– employment: 1,0 fte;
– in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
– the starting salary is €2,083 per month on a full-time basis, the salary will increase to €2,664 per month in the fourth year;
– duration of the contract: 4 years;
– you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
– you will be classified as a PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);
– as part of the contract, you will participate in teaching for approximately 10% of your work time.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Other Information

If you are on the Radboud University website, look below for the exact application requirements; if you are on the Academic Transfer website, please click the ‘apply’ button to read this information.
Starting date of the project is January 2015.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 12 October 2014

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