PhD Attention Deficits in Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 1.0 fte

University of Groningen

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a center of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. The faculty studies issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how these can be resolved or prevented. The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, and offers bachelor’s and master’s programmes in both Dutch and English to over 3000 students.

Job description
Neuropsychological research revealed that, in comparison to healthy participants, adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have disturbances of a variety of cognitive functions including executive control, memory and attention. Since disturbances of attention are, by definition of the disorder, of particular importance in ADHD, one may be very surprised that the nature of these deficits is not understood yet. As neuropsychological research on the attention deficits of adults with ADHD and their impact on the patients’ daily lives plays an important role in understanding patients and their difficulties as well as in the determination of basic deficits that need treatment, further research on the attention deficits of adults with ADHD is required.

The Department of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Groningen (Prof Oliver Tucha), offers a PhD position on the nature and impact of attention deficits of adults with ADHD. The Department of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology has a national and international reputation for excellence. Particular areas of expertise of the department are the fields of attention, driving abilities, executive functions and social cognition as well as ADHD, autism, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury. The department has a broad network of national and international research collaborations with scholars of different disciplines working in academia or the applied field.

The candidate being appointed will perform clinical neuropsychological studies on adults with ADHD. In these studies, various aspects of cognition, in particular attention functions will be examined using clinical standard measures of cognition and newer experimental neuropsychological tests as well as clinical questionnaires. The studies will be performed under supervision of and in collaboration with hospitals and clinical services located in Germany. The candidate will publish the results of the studies in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. These publications will be part of the PhD thesis. Furthermore, the candidate will present the studies at international conferences. Part of the working time will also be devoted to teaching courses within the Department of Psychology, including the master programme in Clinical Neuropsychology.

We are looking for a PhD student who is highly motivated to work on this project, and is particularly interested in conducting clinically relevant research in the field of adult ADHD. The candidate should be able to work in a team and have a creative and critical research attitude. As the project will be performed with clinical services in Germany, the candidate is expected to speak German on such a level that the candidate can perform clinical assessments of patients with psychiatric or neurological conditions and write clinical reports in German. Beside good communication skills in German, both verbally and written, good communication skills in English are expected. Finally, the candidate is expected to have completed a bachelor and a master in psychology with a focus on clinical neuropsychology, or a scientific education that is closely related to this.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 maanden.
The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,191 gross per month in the first year of the appointment, rising to € 2,801 gross per month in the fourth year for a fulltime position. This temporary position lasts four years. You will first be appointed for a period of 12 months. After a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period. Intended starting date is as soon as possible. The job interviews are scheduled in week 30 November 2016. Candidates may be asked to give a presentation. Application You may apply for this position until 6 November / before 7 November 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applicants are requested to submit: • a motivation letter (in English) stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant for this position • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (in English) • a list of course grades • contact information of two academic references. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 2801.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Dr Anselm Fuermaier
+31 50 3639729,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216303

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