23 May 2019

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Eva Ceulemans, tel.: +32 16 32 58 81, mail:
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The successful candidate will work in the Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences under the supervision of Eva Ceulemans, Janne Adolf and Peter Kuppens. 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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Affective phenomena are often conceptualized as continuously changing processes and studied by means of time series modeling. Little is known, however, on how a person’s affective processes interact with changes in contexts. The goal of this project is to obtain more accurate descriptions of affective processes, by innovative approaches that allow time series models to be time-varying and dependent on changes in contexts. These approaches will be applied to existing intense longitudinal affect data. At the same time, attention will be paid to designing future longitudinal studies (e.g., their sampling scheme) such that the models can be estimated optimally. 


The applicant must have a Master's degree in behavioral sciences, (bio)statistics, econometrics, or related fields, and have excellent English communication and writing skills. Preferably, the candidate has prior experience with time series modeling or structural equation modeling and R or Matlab. 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.