Post-doctoral assistant ERC-starting Outside-In (18377) - Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology
Ghent University

Post-doctoral assistant ERC-starting Outside-In (18377) - Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology

Belgium 07 Jun 2021


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

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   →  Apply before 07/06/2021 23:59 (Brussels Time)
   →  Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences  
   →  Department: PP07 - Ontwikkelings-, Persoonlijkheids- en Sociale Psychologie
   →  Occupancy rate: 100%
   →  Number of positions: 1.00    
   →  Type of employment: Contract of unlimited duration with clause 
   →  Term of assignment: 2 jaar 
   →  Wage scale:  PD1 to PD4 (doctoral degree) 
   →  Required diploma: PhD 



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 programs grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


At Ghent university, in the Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, we are looking for a Postdoc 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 (a) how exposure to bullying may alter psychological (e.g., emotional) and biological (e.g., HPA-axis, vagal tone) processes among adolescents in real-time in their real-life, using the experience sampling method (b) the extent to which bullying influences gene expression processes resulting in a gene expression profile characterized by enhanced pro-inflammatory activity, that increases risk for health problems. 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.

You will work in close collaboration with other teams members, (involving three other PhD students and the PI), as well as international collaborators, to set up a large-scale, school-based, longitudinal project, including the collection of intensive longitudinal data (experience sampling data), ambulatory physiological monitoring (ECG, EDA) and other biological markers. You will be in charge of coordinating the data collection, processing and analyzing the (physiological) data, writing peer-reviewed publications, and disseminating knowledge from the project. The vast majority of your assignment will be spent on academic research.


We look for candidates who are highly passionate about research, inquisitive, enthusiastic and enjoy challenges, who are strongly interested in the topic of the ERC-project and like to work in a team.




Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

After an initial screening, interviews will take place at the beginning of June (probably via Skype).


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Matteo Giletta ( Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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