3 Vacant PhD positions at UCLouvain / IPSY

Louvain-La-Neuve

Ph.D. Positions Opening on Parental Burnout on October 1st 2019

Project description

Parenting can be wonderful. However, it also can be stressful, and when parents lack the resources needed to handle stressors related to parenting, they may develop parental burnout.
This condition is characterized by an overwhelming exhaustion related to one’s parental role, an emotional distancing from one’s children, and a sense of parental ineffectiveness. Research on parental burnout is pretty recent, but it literally exploded in 2017-2018. The field
developed so quickly that hundreds of researchers from 40 countries around the world are now investigating the phenomenon. To date, research on parental burnout has mostly focused on understanding what makes parents vulnerable to this condition at the micro and meso levels. The current research project aims to extend previous research in two ways. First, by investigating the risk factors of parental burnout at the macro level (cross-cultural and historical perspectives). Second, by investigating the consequences of parental burnout on children and the factors that moderate this impact.
This interdisciplinary project (Psychological Sciences, Public Health and History) is supported by an ARC research grant to Isabelle Roskam, Alexandre Heeren, Isabelle Aujoulat, Aurore François, and Moïra Mikolajczak. It is jointly supported by the Psychological Science Research Institute (IPSY), the Institute of Health & Society (IRSS, https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/irss) and the Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies (IACCHOS) of the Université of Louvain (UCLouvain).
Publications on parental burnout can be found on: https://www.burnoutparental.com/publications

    1/Ph.D. position opening in Psychological Sciences

The thesis will be part of the multidisciplinary project described above. It is specifically aimed to go deeper into the cross-cultural aspects of parental burnout.
The Ph.D. student will conduct cross-cultural studies involving the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative material. Experience in mixed-method research is an asset.

We welcome applications from strong candidates with interest in interdisciplinary research.

Key responsibilities

  • Literature search and review, hypothesis-driven development and execution of quantitative and qualitative research;
  •  Management of international collaborations;
  • Communication at conferences and in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Supervision of master thesis projects
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (with public health and history)

Selection criteria

  •  Master degree in Psychology (obtained or to be obtained at the latest in September 2019)
  •  Training and experience in quantitative and qualitative research
  •  Statistical skills; knowledge of at least one statistical program (SPSS, Stata, R or Amos). Knowledge about NVivo (or any other equivalent software) is an asset.
  •  Excellent writing skills and strong motivation to learn English so as to be able to write scientific articles in English from the first year.
  •  Broad scientific interest beyond own field (e.g., psychology, history, sociology, biology, etc.).
  •  Strong intrinsic motivation, perseverance in the face of adversity
  •  Ability to work both in autonomy and in team

Online TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90 or
equivalent test) and experience with cross-cultural psychology methods are additional assets.

Terms and conditions

The appointment will initially be for 12 months and if evaluated positively extended with 2 or 3 additional years. It must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The net monthly salary is 2014,94 EUR (gross salary: 2235,96 EUR). The starting date is the 1st of October 2019.

Information 

Enquiries and applications must be sent to Dr Isabelle Roskam, email isabelle.roskam@uclouvain.be. Application files must be sent no later than May 31, 2019 and should include a motivation letter, the CV of the candidate, and a copy of any paper (published or in preparation) mentioned in the CV. As a preliminary language test, Frenchspeakers are invited to write their CV and motivation letter in English, and non-Frenchspeakers in French.

Candidates selected based on their application will be invited for a presentation and interview in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on June 24, 2019 (applicants are invited to save the date). 
The selection process will involve a presentation, an interview and a writing task.

    2/Ph.D. position opening in Psychological Sciences

The thesis will be part of the multidisciplinary project described above and will specifically aim at unfolding the temporal dynamics of the complex dynamic interplay between distinct affective processes among parents with parental burn out and assessing the impact of such
temporal dynamics on the spouse and child’s own affective processes. The PhD student will conduct studies relying on up-to-date temporal network analysis (i.e., graphical vector autoregressive modeling) applied to intensive time series data from ecological momentary 
assessment. We welcome applications from strong candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.

Key responsibilities

  • Literature search and review, hypothesis-driven development and execution of quantitative research on intensive time-series and network approach to psychology;
  • Report results at conferences and in at least four international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Supervision of Master thesis projects;
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (with researchers in public health and history)

Selection criteria

  • Master Degree in psychology or related field (obtained or to be obtained at the latest in September 2019);
  • Previous experience with quantitative research methods and data collection;
  • Keen interest in network approaches to mental health and in the temporal dynamics (i.e., within-person variability) of psychological constructs;
  • Previous experience in R (or Python) is highly recommended; 
  • High proficiency in written English is required [online TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90 (or equivalent test)];
  • Broad scientific interest beyond own field (e.g., affective sciences; history; public health; data science).

Terms and conditions

The appointment will initially be for 12 months and if evaluated positively extended with 2 or 3 additional years. It must lead to the completion of a Ph.D. thesis. The net monthly salary is 2014,94 EUR (gross salary: 2235,96 EUR). The starting date October 1, 2019.

Information

Questions and applications must be sent to Prof. Alexandre Heeren, www.alexandreheeren.com, alexandre.heeren@uclouvain.be. Application files must be submitted no later than May 31, 2019 at 11pm (TIMEZONE: Brussels, GMT+1), and should include a motivation letter, the CV of the candidate, two recommendation letters, and a copy of any paper (published or in preparation) mentioned in the CV.

Shortlisted candidates (based on the aforementioned selection criteria) will be invited for an interview at UClouvain (Belgium) on June 24, 2019 (applicants are encouraged to already save the date). The selection process will involve a presentation, an interview, and a writing
task.

    3/ Ph.D. position opening in Psychological Sciences

The thesis will be part of the multidisciplinary project described above. It is specifically aimed to go deeper into the cost for parents to fit with the “perfect parent” model. The Ph.D. student will conduct longitudinal surveys and experimental studies involving physiological
measures. We welcome applications from strong candidates with interest in interdisciplinary research.

Key responsibilities

  • Literature search and review, hypothesis-driven development and execution of quantitative research (longitudinal cross-lagged studies, experimental psychophysiological studies, randomized controlled trials);
  • Communication at conferences and in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Supervision of master thesis projects
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (with public health and history)
  • Selection criteria
  • Master degree in Psychology (obtained or to be obtained at the latest in September 2019)
  • Training and experience in quantitative research
  • Statistical skills; knowledge of at least one statistical program (SPSS, Stata, R or Amos)
  • Excellent writing skills and strong motivation to learn English so as to be able to write scientific articles in English from the first year.
  • Interest for clinical psychology
  • Broad scientific interest beyond own field (e.g., psychology, history, sociology, biology, etc.).
  • Strong intrinsic motivation, perseverance in the face of adversity
  • Ability to work both in autonomy and in team

Online TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90 or equivalent test) and Experience with biological psychology or psychophysiological methods are additional assets.

Terms and conditions

The appointment will initially be for 12 months and if evaluated positively extended with 2 or 3 additional years. It must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The net monthly salary is 2014,94 EUR (gross salary: 2235,96 EUR). The starting date is the 1st of October 2019.

Information

Enquiries and applications must be sent to Dr Moïra Mikolajczak, moira.mikolajczak@uclouvain.be. Application files must be sent no later than May 31, 2019
and should include a motivation letter, the CV of the candidate, and a copy of any paper (published or in preparation) mentioned in the CV. As a preliminary language test, Frenchspeakers are invited to write their CV and motivation letter in English, and non-Frenchspeakers
in French.

Candidates selected based on their application will be invited for a presentation and interview in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on June 24, 2019 (applicants are invited to save the date). The selection process will involve a presentation, an interview and a writing task.