PhD Candidate in Urban Mental Health at University of Amsterdam in Netherlands 2020

The University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is inviting applications for the PhD Candidate in Urban Mental Health for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The Centre for Urban Mental Health is a newly formed research priority area funded by the University of Amsterdam. The Centre aims to unravel new pathways to improve Urban Mental Health that takes into account the complexities and dynamics of mental health problems and mental health disorders in an urban environment.

Aging presents a major societal and scientific challenge that requires successful attempts to understand and improve resilience to increase healthy aging, which includes complex factors underlying mental and physical well-being and autonomy. Within UMH we have developed a highly ambitious program (called Active & Healthy Aging, or AHA) to address this challenge, and you can be part of making this ambition come true.

Through network analysis you will elucidate which (and how) factors (such as stress, cortisol, sleep, cognitive function) affect healthy aging and resilience to cope with (stressful) perturbations, with an additional focus on depression, anxiety and addiction in aging. Such networks will identify critical factors that determine well-being, which allows for prevention, effective intervention and policy making to ultimately increase healthy aging for individuals in the urban population, but also to help developing a healthier city. You will be involved in developing such interventions and in (human and/or animal) experimental work to unravel underlying mechanisms.

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Worth of Award

  • The appointment will be on a temporary basis for 38 hours per week for a period of 12 months and after satisfactory evaluation, it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years.
  • The appointment should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).
  • The gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,972  (last year), based on full-time employment (38 hours a week).
  • These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 end-of-year bonuses.
  • A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.


You should have a genuine interest in identifying physical and cognitive factors that contribute to healthy aging, and experience/expertise in at least two, preferably more, of the following domains:

  • computation modeling/network analysis;
  • experimental psychological and/or physiological studies in human and/or animal aging;
  • experimental clinical psychological studies in human aging;
  • working in multi/interdisciplinary teams;
  • working with large cohorts.
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  • an interdisciplinary mindset;
  • excellent interpersonal and social skills;
  • proactive and independent;
  • at least adequate command of the Dutch language and willingness to develop this further;
  • demonstrable excellent writing skills in scientific English.

How to Apply

Applications are online. Visit the website and apply


Deadline: Application closes December 5, 2019.

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