[Elsnet-list] PhD vacancy (Non-verbal cues for depression risks) at Tilburg University

Emiel Krahmer e.j.krahmer at uvt.nl
Tue Mar 25 09:49:58 CET 2008

The Department of Communication and Information Sciences and the  
Department of Developmental, Clinical and Crosscultural Psychology  
have an opening for a shared PhD position on “Verbal and Non-verbal  
cues for Depression-risks in Adolescents”.

1 PhD STUDENT (f/m)
Vacancy number 500.08.12,
4 years, fulltime

Summary of the project

The PhD project aims to get a better understanding of verbal and non- 
verbal cues that may signal potential risks for depression in  
adolscents, and pays special attention to the role of attachment in  
this. The project builds on a large data set collected in the NWO  
sponsored TRAILS project (TRacking Adolescents’ Individual Lives’  
Study). In this project video-recordings were made of a large number  
of adolescents (both from high- and low-risk groups for depression),  
and additional information on personal and social characteristics was  
collected. Based on this data set, the PhD will perform different  
kinds of analyses of potential verbal and non-verbal cues to  
depression. Verbal cues may include the use of self-referential words  
(“I”, “me”, etc.), use of words with a positive or negative  
connotation, etc.; non-verbal cues may include subtle changes in the  
speech or particular facial expressions. Based on an analysis of such  
cues, computational models will be build that can make automatic  
predictions about risk factors.


The candidate has a (research) master in Psychology or in  
Communication- and Information Sciences, and practical experience with  
doing experiments and with statistical data analyses. The candidate  
has a strong interest in doing research, excellent writing skills and  
a good command of English. In addition, since the analyses will be  
based on a Dutch data-collection, the candidate has a (near) native  
knowledge of Dutch. A proven interest in non-verbal communication, or  
in emotion and attachment are considered an advantage.


For more information please contact Emiel Krahmer (E.J.Krahmer at uvt.nl,  
+31.13.466.3070), Marc Swerts (M.G.J.Swerts at uvt.nl, +31.13.466.2922)  
or Ad Vingerhoets (A.J.J.M.Vingerhoets at uvt.nl, +31.13.466.2087).  
Relevant links: Tilburg University (http://www.uvt.nl / http://www.tilburguniversity.nl 
), Department of Communication and Information Sciences (http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/dci 
), Department of Developmental, Clinical and Crosscultural Psychology (http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/fsw/departments/dcc/ 

Terms of employment

Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering  
excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of  
Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a  
contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive  
outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an  
employment contract for the remaining years. The PhD candidate will  
receive a starting salary of € 2.000 gross per month in the first  
year, up to € 2.558 in the 4th year. The selected candidate is  
expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract  
(which may be based on articles). Furthermore, the usual facilities  
(desk, computer, options model) are offered, as well as support with  
housing, immigrations, etc.


Applications should include cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and names  
of two references. Application letters should be sent before the  
application deadline of April 20, 2008, by regular mail to mr. P. van  
Balen, Human Resources, Faculty of Humanities, Room D304, Tilburg  
University, P.O. Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands or by  
email to solliciterenfdl at uvt.nl. In your letter, please refer to  
vacancy code 500.08.12.

It is the policy of the university to increase the number of women  
employed. Also members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped  
people are expressly invited to apply.

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