PhD-position ‘Social Thermoregulation' (Clinical Psychology), VU University Amsterdam

VU University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 25,000 students. 
The Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology (FPP) offers a range of Bachelor and Master programmes. Research at the Faculty focuses on the fields of psychology in its broadest sense, ranging from clinical towards biological and cognitive psychology and pedagogy and child development. World-class teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. 
The Amsterdam Emotion Regulation Lab ( is seeking a new PhD student. As a PhD student, you will conduct research on social thermoregulation. There are good indications that thermoregulation is vital for social attachment and well-being. However, despite the knowledge that we have on social thermoregulation across many animal species, surprisingly little research has been done to unravel its functionality for human psychological functioning. The present project aims to change this. You will investigate the role of social thermoregulation among infants and romantic couples (for an example, see: In so doing, you will use longitudinal and experimental methods from social and cognitive psychology. The research is mainly done with healthy volunteers and primarily aims to increase scientific insight. However, the research is located in a broader research group that allows you to apply your research to psychotherapy and psychosocial education if you like, and connect it to the therapeutic research at the Clinical Psychology unit. Your research could thus bridge basic research and clinical applications. In addition, you will support teaching of bachelor and master students, for instance, in supervising master's theses. The PhD project is theoretically and methodologically related to Dr. H. IJzerman’s Veni project, which is financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
We are looking for a candidate with a Research Master in social psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive (neuro)science, developmental psychology, or related areas. Proficiency in English and experience with experimental (behavioral) research are required. We are seeking a candidate who can start within three months. Experience with studying infants, psychophysiological methods, longitudinal datasets, and knowledge of Dutch will all weigh in favor of the candidate. 
The advisory team will consist of Dr. H. IJzerman (daily advisor and co-promotor), Dr. S. Koole (promotor), and Prof. Dr. S. Lindenberg (co-promotor). The appointment will be initially for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for an additional 2 years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of € 2,427 up to a maximum of € 2,664 gross per month, based on a full-time employment.(Salary scale 85.1 – 85.3) 
For additional information and the research proposal, please contact: 
Dr. H. IJzerman 

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae (including grades) and one or two references. The written applications, mentioning the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top left of the letter and envelope, should be sent before December 5, 2014 to: 

Clinical Psychology 
VU University Amsterdam 
Faculty of Psychology and Education          
Attn.: Dr H. IJzerman 
Van der Boechorststraat 1 
1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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