23 May 2019

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Francis Tuerlinckx, tel.: +32 16 32 59 99, mail:  
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The successful candidate will work in the Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences under the supervision of Francis Tuerlinckx, Agnes Moors, and Wolf Vanpaemel. The group offers an international, productive, collaborative, and interactive environment with about 6 faculty and 26 graduate and postgraduate students. 

The University of Leuven is a research-oriented institution and is consistently ranked among the top research universities in Europe. Leuven is one of the oldest university towns in Europe, about 30 km from Brussels. It has a rich history and a unique friendly atmosphere.

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Recently our group has proposed and developed a mathematical model of mood, called the Affective Ising Model. The model is based on principles from statistical physics and can explain a number of previously unexplainable phenomena. The aim of the current project is to rigorously test and extend the Affective Ising Model. The task is to design innovative and effective empirical tests of the model, both in the lab as well as in daily life, making use of experiments and quasi-experiments. Extension of the model will be done by including and examining the interplay between various context or input factors such as goals and expectations.


The applicant must have a Master's degree in behavioral sciences (preferably psychology with a quantitative focus), physics or engineering, and have excellent English communication and writing skills. The candidate should have prior experience in research with experiments and mathematical modeling. A theoretical interest in the affective domain is an asset. The position requires enrollment in the PhD-program of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. 


We offer encouraging daily guidance, excellent research facilities, conference/travel budget, and a competitive salary with various additional benefits (in terms of holidays, health insurance, transport costs). A PhD position is offered for an initial year, renewable for up to 4 years, and is expected to result in the completion of a PhD. The starting date is October 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.