The Laboratory for Experimental Social Psychology (LESP), within the Research Group Methods, Individual and Cultural Differences, Affect, and Social Behavior (MICAS) of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of KU Leuven, is a small but active research group dedicated to the basic and applied study of social psychological themes. LESP has recently become independent from Centre for Social and Cultural Psychology (CSCP), with which it continues to share research facilities and teaching tasks and resources. We focus on social cognition, and our preferred research method is experimental. However, we also use various other quantitative research methods. LESP currently consists of prof. Vera Hoorens, Alexandra Lux (graduate student), Yujing Liang (graduate student), and a group of master’s thesis students and interns.
As an assistant, you will spend 2/3 of your time on doctoral research and 1/3 on teaching.
Your PhD research will in principle be on one of the following themes: 1. Determinants and consequences of how people communicate about differences and similarities between groups and individuals; 2. The influence of claim wording on intuitive truth judgments; 3. Consequences of moral self-superiority beliefs. All projects build on earlier and ongoing research and are sufficiently articulated to guarantee prosperous progress but leave room for creative contributions. The main supervisor will be Vera Hoorens, and you will have at least one co-supervisor at KU Leuven or abroad. You may also propose a project of your own, based on your personal preference and interest, provided that it (a) is in the field of social cognition, (b) gains the supervisors’ formal approval, preferably before the start of the position.
Your teaching will involve giving exercise sessions in social psychology and either psychometrics or statistics for small groups of undergraduate students (introductory level), supervising master’s theses and/or internships, supervising written exams and assisting in grading them, and giving feedback to students.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Vera Hoorens, tel.: +32 16 32 60 28, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Hanne Vermeulen, tel.: +32 16 37 28 63, mail: email@example.com.
Please note that Prof. Hoorens will be in the Pacific Daylight Time zone (UTC/GMT – 7 hours) from 15 April to 11 May and Central Daylight Time zone (UTC/GMT – 5 hours) from 11 to 16 May.
A complete application file contains:
1. A letter describing your motivation and most relevant training and/or experience in relation to this position, and identifying your preferred research topic with a brief motivation of it (preferably in Dutch);
2. If you propose a project of your own, the research question and an outline of the work plan (5 pages max., excl. references, preferably in English);
3. Your CV (in English or Dutch);
4. Your grade-list;
5. An academic text that you have authored, e.g., a master's thesis (preferably in English);
6. 2 letters of reference, with contact details (email & phone number) of referents.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place between 15 and 30 June. For the interview, you will be requested to prepare a brief presentation (5 minutes) about a project that you have carried out in the context of your BA or MA training.
The successful candidate will be notified on or before Monday, 4 July 2022.
Planned start date of position: Monday 26 September 2022
You can apply for this job no later than June 08, 2022 via the online application tool
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