PhD student for Research on Social Withdrawal and Romantic Relationships


Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation

Working Enviroment

This vacancy for a talented PhD student is available at the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation (ICPE) of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). The ICPE aims to perform high-quality research on common mental disorders at the crossroads of various disciplines, and offers attractive career perspectives for motivated, gifted PhD students who are driven by curiosity and have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research. The available position concerns a project entitled ‘Depressive withdrawal and romantic relationships in adolescence and young adulthood’. This project is embedded in an NWO-VICI-granted study on loss of pleasure, as well as in a consortium on individual development, funded by the NWO Gravitation Program. The project will be executed in close collaboration with the University of Utrecht.

Job description

Depressive problems can give rise to withdrawal from social interactions. Depression is highly prevalent during adolescence and young adulthood, life phases during which many people engage in romantic relationships and lay the foundation for family formation. Hence, withdrawn behavior during adolescence and young adulthood can have major consequences for someone’s future as a life partner and parent. This PhD project will focus on how and through which mechanisms socially withdrawn behavior affects partner choice and parent role.

The successful applicant will contribute to the organization and execution of TRAILS (, a longitudinal cohort study that provides the data for this project, employ sophisticated statistical techniques to investigate a series of research questions with regard to the above-described theme, and present the results in high-quality scientific journals and on (inter)national meetings. In addition, the ICPE expects active participation in research meetings of its members, and the willingness to fulfill some teaching obligations.


Eligible candidates should have the following qualifications:
- A degree in the social, medical, or health sciences
- A passion for research
- Relevant experience in and affinity with the research theme
- Experience in statistical methods for the analysis of complex longitudinal data
- Good organisational skills
- Good English writing and presentation skills
- Good mastery of the Dutch language, or the willingness to gain this mastery within one year

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. You may be required to build up sufficient protection against Hepatitis B before you can be appointed. Vaccination is provided by the UMCG if necessary.

Conditions of employment

We offer A PhD position for a period of four years. The appointment will be at the Department of Psychiatry of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).
Your salary is € 2.266,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2.903,- gross per month in the last year (scale PhD). In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and a development budget. The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

More information
For more information please contact Prof. dr. A.J. Oldehinkel, principal investigator of the study. Email:, phone: +31-50-361 5551 (please do not use for applications)

Additional information

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