21 May 2019

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For more information about this PhD position,contact prof. dr. Joke Torbeyns, tel.: +32 16 32 57 18, mail: Application must include

- A full curriculum vitae;

- A letter of motivation;

All candidates are evaluated and selected for an interview on the basis of both curriculum vitae and letter of motivation. We will inform all candidates selected for an interview on 28 June 2019 by latest. 

The interviews are organized on 3 July 2019 in Leuven. The invitation for the interview will also include a recent empirical article on the central topic of the PhD project. The invited candidates will be asked to read the article, briefly present the article - in English - during the interview, and discuss - again in English - their first ideas about the PhD project on the basis of the article. The other parts of the interview will be conducted in Dutch.

You can apply for this job no later than June 24, 2019 via the online application tool
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The Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology (CIP&T) investigates learning and teaching in specific subject domains, esp. in mathematics. Emphasis is put on the role of cognitive, metacognitive and affective variables in the teaching/learning process, and on the design of powerful technology-enhanced teaching/learning environments. The CIP&T staff consists of about 40 people (PhD students, researchers, administrative staff, voluntary collaborators, …). The present PhD project fits within the ongoing research lines of the CIP&T. It specifically aims to contribute to the research line on designing powerful teaching/learning environments for young children in the domain of mathematics, using picture book reading.

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The present PhD project focuses on the stimulation of young children’s (i.e., 3-6-year-olds) mathematical development via picture book reading. Special attention is paid to (preservice) preschool teachers’ competencies to effectively apply picture book reading techniques in kindergarten. The PhD project involves various empirical studies, ranging from investigating (preservice) preschool teachers’ competencies in picture book reading in the domain of mathematics to enhancing, via focused interventions, these teachers’ competencies in the effective use of picture books to stimulate young children’s mathematical development.


The PhD candidate must realize his/her PhD project within a period of 4 years. The core of the PhD activities are the design and execution of empirical studies and the dissemination of his/her work via international journals and conferences. The PhD candidate is additionally, but to a limited extent, involved in teaching assistance.

We are looking for candidates with the following credentials

  • completed (on 1 October 2019) a Master's degree in Educational Sciences, Psychology, Speech therapy and audiology sciences, or related disciplines with an emphasis on educational and behavioral research
  • completed his/her studies with excellent results (at least the level of distinction)
  • special interest in the training of (preservice) preschool teachers, picture books and early mathematical competencies; experience in one or more of these topics is a surplus 
  • competent in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • creative and critical thinking; analytic and inquiring mind
  • focused on obtaining well-defined results
  • able to work both independently and in team
  • good communication skills in view of fruitful collaborations within the research group and with the (preservice) preschool teachers
  • excellent mastery of the Dutch language, as all data collection is organized in Dutch-speaking schools
  • good mastery of the English language
  • motivated to engage in international exchange

We offer a stimulating research environment, in which the PhD candidate can realize his/her own PhD project in close collaboration with senior and junior researchers from the own research group and other (national and international) research groups. We offer a 12 months full-time appointment to start with, to be extended with a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year, in order to finish the PhD within a period of 4 years.