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Post-doctoral researcher Job in Ghosts of the past at Uni of Groningen, Netherlands 2022

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Post-doctoral researcher Job in Ghosts of the past is available for doctoral degree candidates in social or behavioural sciences at Youth Studies group, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: € 2,846 to a maximum of € 4,490 (salary scale 10) gross per month

Youth Studies group, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

University of Groningen (RUG), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for an early-career scholar with a PhD in the social or behavioural sciences or who has worked on a behavioural genetic topic, and who also has experience with complex quantitative data. Experience with genetic and/or multiple-generation data is definitely an advantage as is a strong research record as evidenced by publications in international journals. We hope to hear from candidates who meet the following requirements and can demonstrate that in their CV or motivation letter:

• a PhD degree in a discipline relevant to genetic and environmental origins of individual differences in social development
• a publication record that demonstrates familiarity with advanced quantitative analyses
• strong interest in gene-environment interplay
• the ability to communicate verbally and in written form on high level in English
• creative, critical and independent research attitude
• ability to work independently and efficiently.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Youth Studies group at the University of Groningen invites applications for a temporary postdoctoral researcher position (maximum 12 months). The project “Ghosts of the past: Consequences of peer experiences across contexts and generations” investigates genetic and environmental origins of individual differences in social behaviour. A description of the project can be found here: Previous work in the project has explored long-term outcomes and intergenerational transmission of bullying and gene-environment interplay in externalizing behaviour. Due to project duration, the position needs to end at the end of July 2023, the duration is thus dependent on the starting date.

The postdoctoral researcher should ideally focus on gene-environment interplay or multi-generational processes in development. For instance, the postdoctoral researcher could explore 1) genetic transmission as explanatory pathway for intergenerational transmission of aspects of social development or 2) genetic and environmental origins of individual differences in parenting. In general, the position holder has the freedom to develop their own interest within the framework of the larger project. Data are available from the TRAILS and TRAILS NEXT studies and close collaborations exist with the Australian Temperament Project and other groups who work with multiple-generation and genetically-informed cohorts. In this position, the main tasks will be data analyses and writing up of results for publication. Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Tina Kretschmer (see contact details below) to discuss their plans.

The position is embedded in the Youth Studies research group chaired by Prof. Tina Kretschmer. Members of the group publish in leading international journals and have been successful in obtaining research funding from ERC, NWO, and NRO. Mentorship for early career development is of high importance in the group and we are well-connected to other research groups in the faculty and university, as well as nationally and internationally. It is an option to take on some on teaching and supervision tasks.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applicants are requested to submit:

• a motivation letter stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant for this position
• an up-to-date CV
• contact information of two academic references.

You may apply for this position until 14 June 11:59pm / before 15 June 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).Interviews are planned for the last week of June and will likely be conducted online.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

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About the Department/Section/Group

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, and of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. The Department of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences (PedOn) provides education for Bachelor and Master students, with study routes Orthopedagogics, Pedagogy and Educational Sciences. Central to education and research is knowledge about the development, learning and upbringing of children, adolescents and early adults. Attention is paid to normative as well as to problematic development. Development is studied within the context of the environment in which young people grow up, i.e. the family, the school, the peer group and youth care/youth policy.

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Note or Other details

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,846 to a maximum of € 4,490 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus on the annual gross income
• a temporary position of 1.0 FTE for a period of a maximum of 12 months.

Intended starting date: as soon as possible

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