PhD Positions in Utrecht University UU, The Netherlands

PhD candidate – Utrecht University, Netherlands, 2022

The Netherlands

The Department of Education at Utrecht University offers a PhD position in Educational Sciences/Educational Psychology on an NRO-funded project that seeks to improve critical thinking skills of higher education students.

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General Info

Deadline to Apply: Expired
Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4.5 Years

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • (research) Master in educational sciences, educational / (applied) cognitive / social psychology (completed or nearly completed);
  • experience with experimental research and (advanced) statistical methods;
  • ambition to become a high-potential researcher and conduct excellent scientific research;
  • social, organizational, and self-regulatory competencies;
  • good communication skills (written and oral);
  • proficiency in Dutch and English;
  • ambition to collaborate with schools/teachers;
  • ambition to collaborate with (inter)national partners.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This project is conducted in close collaboration with Avans University of Applied Sciences. The supervision team consists of prof.dr. Tamara van Gog and dr. Eva Janssen at Utrecht University, and dr. Peter Verkoeijen at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

A major goal of higher education is to improve students’ critical thinking skills, because in complex and high-stakes professional domains, biased reasoning can lead to erroneous decisions with severe consequences. Research shows students need training to learn to avoid biases in reasoning and decision-making. Before such training can be widely implemented across higher education, however, there are several important issues to address: We need a better understanding of individual differences that may affect (un)biased reasoning and the effectiveness of training, and –using that knowledge- seek ways to make training more adaptive. This project addresses these questions, focusing on learning to avoid biases in probabilistic/statistical reasoning, which is a key competence in higher education and in society. Together with a postdoc at Avans University of Applied Sciences, the PhD candidate will develop a training module and conduct a large data collection among university/university of applied sciences students. In the PhD project, this data set is used to investigate how individual differences (in educational background/cognitive ability/study domain/specific prior knowledge/thinking dispositions) are associated with students’ reasoning performance before and after an online training module. Based on this information, we will then test alternate/additional training interventions adapted to specific subpopulations of participants. Because the training module will be in Dutch and this project is conducted in close collaboration with Avans University of Applied Sciences, being able to communicate fluently in Dutch is required.

  • conducting the research (literature research, designing the studies, recruiting participants, pre-registering studies, collecting and analysing data, preparing and storing data packages for sharing);
  • writing international scientific publications and a dissertation;
  • giving presentations at (inter)national scientific conferences;
  • actively engaging in outreach activities and disseminating findings to educational professionals and the general public;
  • active participation in the local and (inter)national research team involved in this project and in the research team of the UU Department of Education;
  • following courses/training (a.o. in the context of Research School ICO, the Interuniversity Centre for Educational Sciences and the local graduate school);
  • teaching courses or supervising bachelor/master thesis projects for 0.1 fte is part of the position.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Please upload your motivation letter and a full CV via the 'application' button.

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About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 6,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.

About the Employer: Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands

Note or Other details

The PhD position will be for 1.0 fte for 4.5 years which includes a 0.1 fte teaching appointment. The initial appointment will be for one year, starting September 1, 2022, with an extension of 3.5 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. Full time salary range from €2,443 to €3,122 gross per month (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment  such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. Finally, we also provide an attractive working environment and a vibrant research climate. More information is available at: working at Utrecht University 

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Contact details

For more information about the PhD position and the project, please contact prof. Tamara van Gog via mail

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