Utrecht University in the Netherlands is currently seeking a PhD candidate to investigate the role of gaze behaviour to faces during parent-child interaction in the 2019/2020 academic year.
Using state-of-the-art dual eye-tracking technology, the PhD candidate will design experiments and collect and analyse eye-tracking data of infants interacting with their parent or a stranger.
The focus of the project is to understand the idiosyncrasy of face-scanning patterns, how they may be determined by individual traits, and how these patterns are affected by the familiarity of the interacting partner.
As part of the project, the PhD candidate will participate in interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers from the YOUth study and contribute to data collection for the YOUth cohorts.
They offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year. Upon a positive performance, the appointment will be extended for three further years.
Worth of Award
- The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €2,266 and €2,897 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment.
- Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year.
- They offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).
- The selected researcher will become a junior member of the Helmholtz Institute of Experimental Psychology.
They are looking for someone who:
- holds (or nearly holds) a Master’s degree in Psychology or a related field, preferably with a specialisation in Experimental or Developmental Psychology;
- preferably has affinity with eye-tracking methodology, programming, and the ability to work with time-series data (e.g. eye-tracking, EEG, skin-conductance, etc.), or has the ambition to learn these techniques;
- has good social skills (e.g. for testing infants or children);
- has excellent written English communication skills, and is willing to become fluent in Dutch;
- is effective and efficient, and able to think conceptually;
- is able to meet deadlines, and conduct research independently and as part of a team;
- did not live longer than 12 months in the past three years in the Netherlands (as this position is part of the requirements for SAPIENS, which is a pan-European Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Innovative Training Network).
How to Apply
You can apply by using the link below. Applications should include:
- a research statement (about 1000 words), explaining why you are interested in the project and how you meet the requirements;
- a cv with publication list (if you have any);
- contact information of two references;
- if you have no publications as first author, please also include a sample of your own academic writing, preferably describing experiments you conducted, such as a Master’s thesis.
Deadline: Applications close January 10, 2019.