PhD Position “Advancing Our Understanding Of Workaholism Using A Personality-Activating Situational Perspective”

Applications are open for a full-time PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the relations between personality, situations, and workaholism (PhD Position “Advancing Our Understanding Of Workaholism Using A Personality-Activating Situational Perspective”).

Personality, defined as a relatively stable psychological structure, is an important factor enabling the prediction of behavioral addictions and essential life outcomes. However, personality has been found to be only weakly to moderately related to workaholism. Consequently, studies of workaholism should account for additional – situational – factors to develop a better understanding of the connection between personality and workaholism. A basic assumption of this project is that traits will only be activated in specific situations, that is, only some situations will activate traits that are relevant for the development of workaholism. Furthermore, behavior regulation mechanisms may substantially contribute to the way workaholism develops.

The current project aims to find, describe, and modify situations critical in activating personality traits that may induce workaholism. They will also investigate whether going through a workaholism-based burnout is related to changes in personality.

Duration: 04 years.


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts to €2,541 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,247 (PhD) per month during the fourth year

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • contribution to commuting expenses
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Job Requirements

The position Advancing Our Understanding Of Workaholism Using A Personality-Activating Situational Perspective seeks applicants candidate with

  • Research Master or Master in Psychology or closely related discipline (e.g., Behavioral Economics, Organizational Science);
  • Research training and experience;
  • Excellent knowledge of methodology and statistics;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • Good knowledge of office (MS Office) and statistical software (R/RStudio).

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter

To apply for the PhD Positionclick here.

Deadline: June 10, 2023.

For more information, visit the official site

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