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PhD Candidate: Games for Emotional and Mental Health, Netherlands

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The Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University has an opening for a PhD candidate who will work on the ERC Consolidator grant project called ’Video games for the prevention of depression and anxiety: A 21st century approach to emotional and mental health in adolescents.’ The vast majority of research on the effects of ’gaming’ is focused on the potential harm related to aggression, addiction, lowered school performance and depression. However, games have become increasingly more complex, emotionally inspiring, diverse, and social in nature. 
  
You will be part of a large-scale programme of research that will (a) Develop a better understanding of the relationship between (online) social, psychological, behavioural and physiological factors in youth at-risk for anxiety and depression; (b) Develop genre-breaking games which integrate biofeedback, machine-based expression and recognition of emotions, and evidence-based game mechanics that target anxiety and depression; (c) Test whether these games are more effective at reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms than the best conventional evidence-based prevention programmes; and (d) Apply novel, game-based methodologies to pinpoint the precise game mechanics responsible for training emotional resilience, and model individual progress. 
  
You will be part of the multidisciplinary GEMH (Games for Emotional and Mental Health) lab, an international consortium consisting of senior researchers and postdocs in developmental psychopathology, a large team of doctoral students, as well as game designers and artists. You will help design and evaluate new biofeedback games, analyse the data and report the results in scientific journals and in a doctoral dissertation. You will also report your results at scientific conferences.

Work environment

The project will be embedded in the Developmental Psychopathology programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI). 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 BSI conducts fundamental research as well as applied/translational research. 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 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.

What we expect from you

  • you have a Master’s degree, preferably a Research Master’s degree, in psychology, pedagogics, health sciences, affective sciences, computer science, affective computing, or a similar relevant field;
  • to be an ideal candidate for this position you should have experience in empirical research (preferably with youth);
  • you have strong statistical skills (machine learning of mathematical modelling skills would be a plus), and have experience in scientific writing, or at least have a keen interest and motivation to acquire such skills;
  • you must have an excellent command of English (please write your application in English);
  • some experience with video games would also be a plus.

What we have to offer

  • employment: 1.0 FTE;
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • the starting salary is €2,191 per month on a full-time basis, the salary will increase to €2,801 per month in the fourth year (P-scale);
  • 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 3.5 years;
  • as part of the contract, you will participate in teaching for approximately 10% of your work time;
  • you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Faculty of Social Sciences 
Further information on: 
Behavioural Science Institute

Further Information

Application Deadline : 30 April 2017

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Posted on 2017-04-15 03:45:46


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