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PhD and teaching position in quantitative psychology I.
KU Leuven - University of Leuven

As an assistant, 2/3 of your time will be devoted to your PhD research and 1/3 to teaching.

Regarding your PhD research:

  • You will perform research into predictions based on mathematical models. Recently, our group has developed nonlinear models for various behaviors. These models allow for the prediction of phenomena that have never been observed before. You will, together with the model developers, derive these predictions and subsequently test them in experiments.
  • Based on your experiences, you will contribute to an open science methodology in which specific predictions have a central role.
  • Within the context of the themes mentioned here, you are encouraged to develop your own research track.

Regarding teaching:

  • As a member of a didactical team, you will teach and coordinate the practical sessions in BA and MA statistics courses for psychologists.
  • Besides the practical sessions, you will also be responsible for coaching individual students and groups of students, and you will help with the preparation of mock exams and exams, and the grading.
  • Based on the existing didactical material, you will be encouraged to optimize the teaching practices.



You have a master degree, preferably in (quantitative) psychology. A profound knowledge of statistics, data analysis and programming is required. You are precise and you have demonstrable didactical qualities. (A teaching degree is an asset.) You are sufficiently proficient in Dutch so that you can teach in Dutch. You have excellent English reporting skills (for oral and written communication).


Conditions of employment:

We offer a fulltime position, initially for 2 years, starting on September 16, 2017, and renewable to a maximum 6 years. For your PhD research, you will work in a motivated and competent research team. For your teaching activities, you will be part of an experienced and dynamical didactical team. Your net salary will be approximately 1900 euro per month.




For your research, you will collaborate with Francis Tuerlinckx, Wolf Vanpaemel and their collaborators, who are all part of the research group Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences. Our research group is an international and performant research environment, consisting of 6 professors and 25 PhD students and postdocs, with very diverse backgrounds (besides psychologists, also physicists and engineers). See for further information and relevant publications.

For your contribution to teaching, you will be part of the didactical teams of the statistics courses. These teams meet regularly and aim at a continuous improvement of the education.

The KU Leuven-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, culture and night life, and a unique friendly atmosphere.


Additional information:

For more information please contact Francis Tuerlinckx ( You can apply for this job no later than June 7, 2017 via the online application tool

Francis Tuerlinckx
Tiensestraat 102 box 3717
Tiensestraat 102
Leuven, 3000
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