PhD candidate in the Behavioural Science Institute Graduate School

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PhD candidate in the Behavioural Science Institute Graduate School

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  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 2,972
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Job level: Research University Degree
  • Duration of the contract: 4 or 5 years
  • Application deadline: 15 March 2020


We are looking for


The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) Graduate School offers talented Master's students the opportunity to become PhD candidates in Behavioural Science. If you are interested, we invite you to apply for our 2020 PhD positions.

State in your application the key words that represent your research interests. Then pick one or more of these interests and describe in detail one study that you would like to conduct. In addition, outline the fit of this study within a larger PhD project. Your proposal should align with research conducted at the BSI.

The proposal serves two goals: it is an opportunity to propose new and original research, and it is a demonstration of your current research competencies. If you are selected, your actual project may differ from the proposal. This will be determined together with your supervisors.


We ask

You must hold a Master's degree (e.g. a Research Master's degree in Behavioural Science, Psychology, Educational Science, or Communication Science) as well as excellent research, methodological and statistical skills.

We are

The BSI is a multidisciplinary behavioural research institute. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. The BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. The Institute conducts fundamental as well as applied/translational research. For more information, please visit our website.

The BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological measures, and behavioural measurements in 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.


Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!


We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (p scale).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 1.5 years, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (1.0 FTE contract) or 3.5 years (0.8 FTE contract).
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Sander Berends, Managing Director Behavioural Science Institute
Tel.: 024 361 20 23

Prof. dr. Toon Cillessen, Director Behavioural Science Institute
Tel.: 024 361 55 50

Apply directly


Please address your application to Sander Berends and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 March 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.  
All applications must be submitted in the form of three separate PDF files:

  • A motivation letter of not more than 1 page. Include a statement on how your research interests align with the research conducted at the BSI.
  • A curriculum vitae including grades obtained for BSc and MSc degrees.
  • A document containing your key words and proposal (750 words max.) including:
    • Theory, research questions and hypotheses (approx. 250 words).
    • Methods (approx. 300 words).
    • Expected results and societal relevance (approx. 200 words).

For the key words and proposal, please use the format provided on
and convert it to PDF once completed for submission.

Interviews are scheduled for April/May 2020. In the first round of interviews, applicants will be asked to briefly explain their motivation and proposal, and will subsequently be asked a number of questions by the selection committee. 

Selected candidates from the first round will be invited to a second interview.