The present FWO-funded PhD-project is embedded in a collaboration between Prof. Dr. Koen Luyckx (School Psychology and Development in Context, KU Leuven), Prof. Dr. Philip Moons (Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven), and Prof. Dr. Robert Hilbrands (Belgian Diabetes Registry, VUB). The PhD will work at the center of School Psychology and Development in Context, Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, under the close supervision of Koen Luyckx. KU Leuven is one of the most renowned research universities in Europe. At our research center, we perform cutting-edge longitudinal research focusing on the biopsychosocial functioning of adolescents and young adults from different populations. The Phd-student will work in a stimulating environment in which collaboration and exchange of ideas and expertise is key.Website unit
Up to 20% of Western adolescents and young adults have a chronic illness. Chronic illness has been described as a defining life experience, and many youth struggle with reconciling the illness with who they are as a person. In the present PhD project, we will focus on examining this sense of psychological individuality. One integrative framework that has garnered considerable attention holds a multi-layered, tripartite perspective on individuality, consisting of dispositional traits (the person as actor), identity processes (the person as agent), and integrative life narratives (the person as author). Long-term research upholding such a differentiated and integrative perspective in individuals with a chronic illness is non-existent, despite the difficulties these youth may encounter in experiencing and constructing a sense of individuality. The present project extends two large longitudinal studies in adolescents and emerging adults with a chronic illness (type 1diabetes and congenital heart disease) with three additional datawaves into young adulthood, resulting in two long-term studies spanning a decade. The present project aims (1) to examine and unpack psychological individuality in youth with a chronic illness from a developmental perspective; and (2) to investigate how the different layers of psychological individuality are related to long-term generic and illness-specific adaptation and functioning from a biopsychosocial perspective. The study on individuals with congenital heart disease will be conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Philip Moons, the study on individuals with type 1 diabetes with Prof. Dr. Robert Hilbrands.
At the starting date (October 1, 2021), you have a master degree in psychology or educational sciences, social sciences or related disciplines and you graduated with excellent study results.
You can work independently, accurately, and systematically. At the same time, you are a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills both in Dutch and English (a C1 proficiency level for both is needed).
You are open to collaborate on other research going on in the research group.
You are enthusiastic and highly motivated to study individuals with a chronic illness and you are highly interested in data-analysis. Experience with qualitative analysis is an asset.
You value the principles of open science and clear science communication.
You have excellent planning skills which are needed for this interdisciplinary collaboration.
Strong academic writing skills are a prerequisite.
You have good problem-solving skills and have a collegial, respectful, and collaborative attitude.
Guiding and educating students is important to you.
We offer a full-time PhD position of 1 year, renewable for an additional 3 years (based on a successful intermediate evaluation at KU Leuven after the first year). In total, the PhD-position is for a period of 4 years.Being part of the doctoral school at our faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences at KU Leuven, you will be given the opportunity to follow various training, courses, and workshops during your PhD-trajectory.We will provide you with a stimulating and challenging environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy and with many opportunities for learning and development.The exact starting date of the position is scheduled for October 1 2021 but is negotiable to some extent.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Koen Luyckx, tel.: +32 16 32 59 78, mail: email@example.com or Prof. dr. Philip Moons, tel.: +32 16 37 33 15, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.When applying, please provide a cover letter, CV, transcripts of your grades, and contact details of one or two reference persons.Job interviews will be held in the second half of July.You can apply for this job no later than July 12, 2021 via the online application tool