PhD position on Coping with Work Stressors (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

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Our Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a center of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. We study 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 to resolve or prevent these. Our Faculty employs about 650 employees. For more information about the Faculty please check the link

The PhD position will be in the department of Organizational Psychology. The supervisory team consists of Dr Anita Keller and Prof. Susanne Scheibe.

Job description

Work-related stress experiences are on the rise. Although some employees develop stress-related syndromes in response, others manage to stay well. This PhD project aims to investigate if stressful situations at work offer opportunities for learning beyond their straining characteristics and if differences in these learning processes explain differences in employees’ adaptation to work-related stressors over time. We will use longitudinal studies to investigate the dynamic relations between work stressors, coping, learning, and well-being among employees.

The tasks of the PhD candidate are:

• conduct research that results in a dissertation and is in line with the objectives and requirements of the project
• organize and execute the data collection and analysis for the different studies
• publish the results of the research in international scientific journals
• present the research findings to fellow scientists and collaborate with them
• provide a limited number of educational activities at the Psychology department.


For this position you are expected to:

• have a (Research) Master's degree in Organizational Psychology (or a related discipline)
• have a good academic track record
• be enthusiastic about writing international publications and a dissertation
• have good academic English writing skills
• have an interest in longitudinal research designs (prior experience is a benefit but not a prerequisite)
• have good social and communication skills and are willing to work with other team members
• have good organizational skills and the motivation to organize and realize data collection
• have demonstrable competences as conceptual capacity, presenting, planning, organizing, and monitoring.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

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

- a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year of the appointment, rising to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year for a full-time position. The position is classified in accordance with the University Job Classification (UFO) system; the UFO profile is PhD candidate
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- attractive secondary terms of employment
- a temporary position of 1.0 FTE for a period of 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: 1 February 2023 or upon agreement

Job Application

You can apply by submitting a letter of application and curriculum vitae until 27 November 11:59pm / before 28 November 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the online application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Only submissions via the application form will be considered.

The selection interviews will take place in the week of 12 December 2022.

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:

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Anita Keller, Organizational Psychology

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222723

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Organizational Psychology Dr Anita Keller Prof. Susanne Scheibe

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