Netherland: PhD Student in The Interpersonal Effects of Mindfulness at Radboud University Nijmegen

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Job description

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) Graduate School offers a PhD student position in the domain of behavioural science on a project entitled “The Interpersonal Effects of Mindfulness”. Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are receiving increasing scientific attention, and research suggests that practising mindfulness can have a wide range of beneficial consequences for the individual (including improved well-being and improved executive control). However, its interpersonal consequences have received less attention. Building on our previous work on the role of executive control and relationship maintenance processes (e.g. forgiveness; derogation of attractive alternative partners), the goal of the current project is to examine the link between mindfulness, executive control, and relationship maintenance. The project will be supervised by Dr Johan Karremans and Prof. Dr. Ap Dijksterhuis. During the first phase of the project the PhD candidate will develop a detailed research plan, together with the supervisors.


A Master’s degree (e.g. a Research Master’s degree in Behavioural Science, Psychology, Educational Science, or an equivalent degree) as well as excellent research, methodological and statistical skills.

Conditions of employment

– you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
– you will be classified as a PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);
– preferred starting date: October/November 2013.
– the starting salary is €2,083 per month on a full-time basis; the salary will increase to €2,664 per month in the fourth year;
All applications must include:
1) a motivation letter
2) a curriculum vitae including all grades obtained for the BSc degree and MSc degree.

Please note that all PhD students at the BSI have a 0,9 FTE research appointment and a 0,1 FTE teaching appointment.

Contract type: Temporary,


Radboud University Nijmegen

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University Nijmegen. The faculty’s ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is one of the research institutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences. It received excellent ratings in a recent evaluation. Its mission is to conduct top-level research on human behaviour. In addition to this fundamental aim (to understand behaviour), we aim at societal relevance (to influence behaviour). The BSI Graduate School, which is officially recognized by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), is responsible for the training and supervision of the institute’s PhD students.

The BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG measurements and GSR recording, psychobiological research, and behavioural measurements in both real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, fMRI, MEG and TMS are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.

No commercial propositions please.

Additional information

Dr. Johan Karremans
+31 24 3612742
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