Groningen (NL)

PhD position Organizational Psychology (217075)

PhD position Organizational Psychology (1.0 fte) (217075)


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 bachelorís and masterís programmes in both Dutch and English to over 3000 students.

Job description

The Organizational Psychology group at the University of Groningen invites applications for a PhD position (4 years).

This position is part of a VIDI grant awarded to Prof. Susanne Scheibe by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), for the project Hidden behind the veil of old age: Emotional benefits of growing older at work. Given population ageing and rising pressures to work longer, there is increasing attention on the challenges and promises of extended working lives. Previous findings on age-related changes in emotional competencies point at the possibility that older workers have hidden strengths in the emotional realm. This project therefore will take a developmental approach to the role of emotions in organizations. The overall aim is to establish age-related differences in emotional competencies and emotion dynamics in the workplace and explain how these are shaped by, and in turn shape, work experiences.

The specific aim of the PhD project is to better understand the work-related consequences of emotional development in adulthood. The project will include use of experience-sampling methods to investigate short-term outcomes (e.g., emotion dynamics, attentional focus, fatigue) of age differences in emotional competencies in natural work settings in real time. The position is embedded in the national graduate school ĎKurt Lewin Instituteí (a collaboration of five Dutch universities) which will provide theory and methods workshops and research track meetings; and includes teaching at the Bachelor and Masterís level for 15% of the allotted time. The project will be supervised by Prof. Susanne Scheibe and Dr. Anita Keller.

The Organizational Psychology group at the University of Groningen has a national and international reputation for excellence. Research within the Organizational Psychology group focuses on a wide range of topics, including the conditions that are necessary for an effective functioning of organizations and their workers in a way that is sustainable over the long-term, how workers can be influenced, motivated, and facilitated in reaching their (organizationally-relevant) goals or during organizational change, and personnel practices. The group is very internationally diverse, collaborates with scholars within and outside of the University of Groningen, and has established contacts with various business organizations. For more information see


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • excellent master degree – preferably a research master degree – in a relevant field of Psychology
  • some knowledge of the literature on lifespan development and organizational psychology
  • experience with quantitative research and analyses techniques (experimental, survey, or experience-sampling research)
  • good communication skills in English and Dutch, both verbally and in written form
  • ability to work independently and collaborate with practitioners.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary that ranges from € 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. The position is temporary for a period of 4 years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

The job interviews are scheduled in April and May 2017. Candidates will be asked to give a presentation.

The intended starting date is 1 September 2017.

How to apply

You may apply for this position until 30 March / before 31 March 2017 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 stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant for this position
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a scan of your diploma including list of course grades
  • contact information of two academic references
  • other relevant documents (e.g. publications).

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