15 May 2019

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Nele De Cuyper (nele.decuyper@kuleuven.be), Prof. dr. Anneleen Forrier (anneleen.forrier@kuleuven.be) or Prof. dr. Sarah Vansteenkiste (sarah.vansteenkiste@kuleuven.be).Information about the research groups can be found here: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/o2l and www.steunpuntwerk.be.  
Please include with your application a cover letter and CV (including detailed study results) and at least one reference that we may contact. Candidates who are retained after initial CV screening will be invited for a job interview, during which they also give a presentation related to the topic of the PhD. This job interview (preferably) takes place on July 1, 2019.

You can apply for this job no later than June 16, 2019 via the online application tool
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Apply before 16 June 2019

For the Research Group Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences), the Department of Work and Organization Studies (Faculty of Economics and Business) and the Faculty Research Center of Expertise for Labour market Monitoring (Steunpunt Werk, Faculty of Economics and Business), we are looking for a PhD researcher with an interest in scientific research on unemployment and inactivity.


You prepare a doctoral thesis under supervision of Prof. dr. Nele De Cuyper (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences), Prof. dr. Anneleen Forrier (Faculty of Economics and Business, WOS) and Prof. dr. Sarah Vansteenkiste (Faculty of Economics and Business, Steunpunt Werk). The main focus of the doctoral thesis is unemployment and inactivity. The purpose of the thesis is to get a better view on the different profiles within the labor market reserve. What determines their distance and thresholds to the labor market and how can their transition back to the labor market be facilitated?
In the context of the doctoral thesis, you work independently yet in close collaboration with your supervisors: you are responsible for designing and setting up the studies, data collection and processing. You report your findings at scientific conferences, in scientific articles, to the various stakeholders and the general public. As part of your PhD, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars and / or study programs to develop your competences. You follow the doctoral training of KU Leuven.

  • You have a master degree in psychology or educational sciences, economic and business sciences, social sciences or other related social science discipline;
  • You have obtained excellent study results (distinction on average);
  • You have a keen interest in interdisciplinary scientific research and interest in themes related to unemployment and inactivity. You like research that is closely related to policy-relevant and social themes;
  • You are interested in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • You are fluent in both Dutch and English and you have a structured writing style. You can communicate your results easily, both in scientific outlets and to the wider public;
  • You are independent and flexible, have good organizational and time management skills.

We offer you a position as a full-time doctoral researcher for a period of two years, renewable for two years conditional upon positive evaluation.
As a PhD student you will end up in a stimulating and challenging international work environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy.
Starting date: October 2019