PhD Student - Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology
Ghent University

PhD Student - Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology

Belgium 15 Jun 2021


L'université de Gand, en abrégé UGent, anciennement Rijksuniversiteit Gent (université d’État de Gand,

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Last application date Jun 15, 2021 00:00

Department PP07 - Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology

Contract Limited duration

Degree Master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline

Occupancy rate 100%

Vacancy type Research staff

Job description

Project description: At Ghent university, in the Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, we are looking for a full-time PhD student as part of an ERC-funded project (Outside-In: How Bullying in Adolescence Gets Into The Mind and Under the Skin; ERC-2019-STG- 853517). The overall aim of this project is to examine the emotional and biological mechanisms linking bullying victimization to health outcomes in adolescence. Being bullied is a major stressor for many adolescents and it is recognized as a public health concern worldwide. Adolescents who are exposed to bullying are at increased risk for mental and physical health problems, which could even perpetuate into adulthood. Unfortunately, current understanding of how bullying can pose such deleterious effects remain poor, thus limiting our ability to inform prevention and intervention efforts.

This ERC project aims to address this fundamental gap by examining

. Together, this research has the potential to offer unique insights about short- and long-term interplay between psychological, physiological and molecular processes through which bullying may get into the mind and under the skin.

Your role:

The PhD student will work as part of a team (involving two other PhD students, a postdoc and the PI) to setup a large-scale, school-based, longitudinal project, including the collection of intensive longitudinal data (experience sampling data) and biological markers.

The PhD student will be primarily in charge of the development of the experience sampling study, and s/he will be responsible for various aspects of this data collection as well as the statistical analysis of these data.

About Ghent University:

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

What we can offer you:

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How to apply

Applications must be submitted in English and should include in a single PDF file:

Applications should be sent via email directly to Matteo Giletta (, with email subject “PhD position ERC-2019-STG- 853517”, by June 15th 2021 (23:59 Amsterdam Time).

After an initial screening, interviews will take place in the second half of June (probably via Skype).

For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Matteo Giletta (

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