Last application date Jun 15, 2021 00 : 00
Department PP07 - Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy type Research staff
ERC-2019-STG- 853517). The overall aim of this project is to examine the emotional and biological mechanisms linking bullying victimization to health outcomes in adolescence.
Being bullied is a major stressor for many adolescents and it is recognized as a public health concern worldwide. Adolescents who are exposed to bullying are at increased risk for mental and physical health problems, which could even perpetuate into adulthood.
Unfortunately, current understanding of how bullying can pose such deleterious effects remain poor, thus limiting our ability to inform prevention and intervention efforts.
This ERC project aims to address this fundamental gap by examining
a) how exposure to bullying may alter psychological (e.g., emotional) and biological (e.g., HPA-axis) processes among adolescents in real-time in their real-life, using the experience sampling method
b) the extent to which bullying influences gene expression processes resulting in a gene expression profile characterized by enhanced pro-inflammatory activity, that increases risk for health problems.
Your role :
The PhD student will work as part of a team (involving two other PhD students, a postdoc and the PI) to setup a large-scale, school-based, longitudinal project, including the collection of intensive longitudinal data (experience sampling data) and biological markers.
The PhD student will be primarily in charge of the development of the experience sampling study, and s / he will be responsible for various aspects of this data collection as well as the statistical analysis of these data.
About Ghent University :
Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis.
It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.
What we can offer you :
A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).
We are looking for candidates with :
g., multilevel data), is desirable (however, note that eagerness and an excellent predisposition to learn how to work with these data is a basic requirement).