Assistant (research and education) School Psychology and Development in Context

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

July 5, 2021

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Assistant (research and education) School Psychology and Development in

Context

(ref. AAP-2021-192)

Last modification : Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium, investigates developmental processes and their determinants from early childhood to late adulthood, mainly through longitudinal research. Guided by bio-ecological models of development, the focus is on the role of the social context and the interplay with genetic factors (see https: // ppw.kuleuven.be/scad). The research unit consists of 8 associate professors and professors, 10 postdocs, 18 doctoral students, 2 research staff members and 5 teaching assistants. The research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium, investigates developmental processes and their determinants from early childhood to late adulthood, mainly through longitudinal research. Guided by bio-ecological models of development, the focus is on the role of the social context and the interplay with genetic factors (see https: // ppw.kuleuven.be/scad). The research unit consists of 8 associate We are looking for a motivated assistant (Junior Academic staff (AAP-mandate); 6 years) to do doctoral research in the domain of school psychology, supervised by prof. Karine Verschueren. This research is focused on the psychosocial, motivational and academic development of children and adolescents in the school context and the role of social classroom relationships for this development. Special attention is paid to the target population of high ability students.

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As an assistant, you will spend 2/3 of your time on doctoral research and 1/3 on teaching.

The research that you will do, is embedded within a research programme on social classroom relationships as a context for the child and adolescent development at school. The research outcomes that are studied concern the domain of psychosocial, motivational and academic functioning (e.g. self- concept, underachievement). The focus is on the role of social context: interpersonal relationships with teachers, peers and parents. Both general student populations and target populations with special educational needs are addressed. The target population of high ability students gets particular attention. Within this research programme, you can, in consultation with your supervisor, further delineate your research topics and the populations to be studied. There are ongoing longitudinal studies that you can participate in. You can also use longitudinal data that has already been collected. Additionally, you can set up new studies (e.g., experimental or intervention study).

As far as teaching is concerned, you are co-responsible for providing practicals for the bachelor course Psychodiagnostics for students psychology and educational sciences. You will be part of a motivated didactic team. In addition to supervising students during practicals, you will also be involved in drawing up and grading assignments and exams. After a while, you can make contributions to the design of the didactic offering.

Profile
  • You have a master degree in psychology or educational sciences; you have gained the necessary knowledge in psychodiagnostics; master students who will graduate in September 2021 can also apply; you graduated with excellent study results.
  • You have strong academic writing and oral skills.
  • You have excellent skills in statistical analyses and/or willingness to improve these.

  • You have teaching skills in Dutch, but also a very good knowledge of English.

  • You have a collegial, respectful, and collaborative attitude and have excellent communication skills.

  • You are independent, flexible and have good organisation skills.
  • You are interested in studying youth's development in school context and the role of social classroom relationships.
  • You are interested in teaching bachelor students; you can work accurately and have good didactical qualities; having followed a teacher training course is an asset.
  • Offer
  • A full-time position as a junior academic staff member (AAP) for 2 years, the assignment can be renewed twice after a positive recommendation to a total period of 6 years.
  • You will be able to work in a supportive and stimulating research environment at an internationally renowned university, with many opportunities for learning and development.
  • In terms of research : you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other PhD students and to learn from the expertise of other researchers both within the research unit.
  • Regarding teaching, you will be supported by an experienced and enthusiastic didactic team, who will supervise you during a training period which includes following lectures, question sessions and intervision.

  • Being part of the doctoral school at our faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at KU Leuven, you will be given the opportunity for further professional development through the doctoral programme, workshops, courses, seminars and (inter)national conferences.

  • Opportunities for taking on valorisation tasks (e.g. contributing to the Talent platform and newsletter) and/or clinical work (‘Expertisecel Begaafdheid') concerning the target group of high ability students.

  • A salary according to standard Belgian regulation (starting net salary approximately €2000 per month).
  • The starting date of the position is scheduled for the beginning of September 2021.

    Interested?

    To apply, send us your CV (containing an overview of your detailed study results and names plus e-mail addresses of at least two academic referees) together with a motivation letter in which you thoroughly explain your interest in this vacancy.

    You can apply for this job no later than July 5, 2021 via the online application tool. After an initial selection based on the files, candidates will be invited for an interview, which will take place on Thursday, July 8th.

    For more information please contact Prof. dr. Karine Verschueren, mail: Karine.Verschueren@kuleuven.be; tel. +32-16-32 61 06.

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.