Doctoral researcher (PhD) in psychology
University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg, Luxembourg  
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The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character .

It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.

The University s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences.

People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

Description of the Action :

SURREAL (Systems approach of urban environments and health) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) action funded by the European Commission, which started as of January 2021.

The network will employ 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR students) for a 3 years’ high quality interdisciplinary and intersectoral PhD training.

The aim of the action is to deliver a unique, creative and single training network for 15 ESR students working on an improved understanding of the urban health system's complexity, and on co-designing and applying adequate interventions in the system.

The action will draw upon interactions between academic disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, human movement science, psychology, sociology, geography, and urban planning and a wide range of entities such as medical centres, public authorities, firms, and NGOs as well as citizens.

Equipped with this expertise and supported by innovative training formats, such as Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP), SURREAL trains the next generation of professionals in urban health.

The Team :

The consortium is composed of 10 universities and research institutes joining forces with 20 partner organizations. Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research - LISER (LU) (Martin Dijst) is the managing coordinator in the project.

The other beneficiaries are Université du Luxembourg - uni.lu (LU), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale INSERM (FR), Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht - UMC UTRECHT (NL), Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam - ERASMUS MC (NL), Wageningen University WU (NL), Universiteit Hasselt UHASSELT (BE), Tel Aviv University TAU (IL), Fundacion Privada Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona - ISGLOBAL (ES) and Tartu Ülikool UTARTU (EE).

The partner organizations are located in The Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Israel, Spain, France, UK, and Estonia.

Your Role

Project Description :

This project will investigate the effects of exposure to green spaces versus the built environment on indicators of physical and mental health (e.

g. stress reactivity, mental well-being, cell-ageing) for different SES. This will involve an examination of the interaction between environmental factors and health behaviours (i.

e. physical activity in a nature environment) affecting behaviour change processes using established health behaviour change frameworks to increase physical activity in a nature-rich environment.

The project will include experimental (laboratory-based) and quasi-experimental (field-based) designs to compare nudge and boost interventions in terms of their efficacy and acceptance by SES.

Project Title :

Effects of exposure to green spaces versus the built environment on physical and mental health differentiated by SES

Required Diploma :

  • Master in Psychology or related field
  • Required Research Experience :

  • Knowledge of and / or experience with experimental-psychological research designs, including measurement of health and well-being using self-report and physiological indicators
  • Knowledge of and / or experience with behavioural intervention trials
  • Quantitative statistics
  • Skills

  • Strong motivation to engage in interdisciplinary and intersectoral network wide training activities
  • Willingness to closely collaborate with other academic disciplines and societal stakeholders
  • Willingness to participate in two internships
  • Willingness to participate in network-wide training events, and to communication, dissemination and engaging activities
  • Fluent in English, both written as well as oral
  • Skills in academic writing and reporting
  • Good organizational skills, good communications skills
  • Ability to take own initiatives as well as work in groups to solve complex problems
  • Eligibility Criteria

    If you are interested in this ESR project, you are required to :

    be working exclusively for the action; AND

    not have resided AND not have carried out your main activity (work, studies) in Luxembourg for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date; AND

    be at the date of recruitment in the first four years of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Considered is : time spent as FTE research experience, measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

    Benefits :

  • An exciting, multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities for exchange with scholars from related disciplines at the universities and research institutes in the consortium, as well as with the local partner organizations and local stakeholders;
  • A creative, entrepreneurial, innovative and holistic training environment consisting of : Individual Research Projects (IRP), providing excellent supervision and mentoring with academics and non-academics;
  • Structured local training programs, comprising specific training courses in research-related skills and well as training in complementary skills, offered on the basis of a Personal Career Development Plan;
  • Network-wide activities, i.c. 3 Network Schools, in Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona; Secondments, i.c. at least two inter-sectoral secondments to participants within the SURREAL Network;
  • Collaborative learning in practice (CLiP), allowing to engage continuously with and learn from working in real urban health intervention situations;
  • Career development modules, i.c. the use of Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and how to effectively employ the RDF Planner as basis for a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP);
  • Additional training and networking opportunities through participation in international conferences.
  • In Short

  • Contract Type : Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
  • Work Hours : Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Starting date : 1st of September 2021
  • Employee and student status
  • Location : Belval
  • Job Reference : UOL04037
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