Tilburg University PhD Positions in Meta-Research

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioural Sciences is seeking Two PhD positions in meta-research: Examining Variation in Causal Effects in Psychology.

The goal of the first PhD project is to formalize and validate a new statistical model for p-hacking and to create novel tools that can be used to correct for biases due to p-hacking in single studies and meta-analysis. The goal of the second PhD project is to develop, refine, and validate (meta- analytic) tests for variation in causal effects as both unexplained and explained by premeasured individual differences (covariates) that could inform whether researchers should consider finding moderators of causal effects in randomized experiments.

Both PhD projects will entail formal approaches, simulation studies, development of useful software tools, and applications to empirical data from psychological experiments in collaboration with other researchers. The positions also involve contributions to teaching that allow the candidates to build a teaching portfolio during their PhD project. The positions and the environment in which the candidates will be embedded provide an optimal starting point for an academic career in academia in general and methodology and statistics in particular. The candidates will follow a customized track of graduate courses as part of the Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS) program which will further develop the candidate’s research skills, background knowledge, and network.

Duration: 04 years

Starting Date: September 1, 2023


The position offer:

  • The salary amounts to a minimum of €2.541 and a maximum of €3.247 gross per month for full time employment contract
  • Candidates are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of their gross annual income.
  • Numerous training courses in the areas of leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development. 
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Job Requirements

The ideal candidates should:

  • have a (nearly finished) (Research) Master’s degree in psychology, methodology, (applied) statistics, or a related field
  • show commitment to improving psychological science through impactful meta-research
  • have a strong background in methodology and statistics as reflected by grades
  • have strong programming skills and some experience with publishing their earlier work

Application Processes

Interested candidates should address their motivation letter to Prof. dr. Jelte Wicherts (j.m.wicherts@tilburguniversity.edu) and attach

  • a CV,
  • grades list, and
  • at least one reference (organization, contact person, phone number, and e-mail address)

To apply for the Tilburg University PhD Positions in Meta-Researchclick here.

Deadline: May 30, 2023.

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