military” (V23.0786)Job description
Which psychological and physical skills are most predictive of later military performance? Recruiting, selecting, and developing individuals with the right skillset is of utmost importance for the military. But, how can we determine the “right” skillset, and what is the best way to assess the relevant skills? In this project, the PhD candidate will closely collaborate with the Special Forces of the Royal Dutch Army to work on these questions. Important tasks are collecting data using psychological and physical tests with (candidate) commandos, determining the quality of these tests, and establishing statistical models integrating psychological and physical factors that are predictive of later performance. The results are a basis for academic journal publications and translated into useful tools and insights for the military, so that selection and development of commandos can be improved. The PhD project will be carried out at the Department of Psychology, University of Groningen, and will be embedded in the Centre of Expertise for Talent Development. Given the close collaboration with the military, the PhD candidate will also regularly visit the training base of the commandos.
In general, the tasks of the PhD candidate are:
The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.
The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences excels in teaching and research in the fields of human behaviour, thinking, learning, and how people live together. We work on societal issues and problems that people experience in daily life. Central to this is individual and societal resilience and how to increase this. To this end, we focus on the topics of migration, the environment and climate, health, upbringing and education, the protection of vulnerable minorities, and sustainable partnerships. The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences employs over 800 staff members. For more information about the Faculty please check the link https: // www. rug.nl/gmw/.
The Department of Psychology within this faculty, and specifically the Centre of Expertise for Talent Development, has a strong (inter)national reputation with regard to its research on the selection and development of talent across domains (e.g., sports, education, military). Connected to this, the department offers the international MSc. Program “Talent Development and Creativity”, in which students learn the latest skills and knowledge to select and develop talent and creativity across achievement contexts. For more information about the expertise center, check this link, and for more information about the MSc. Program, check this link.Qualifications
For this position you are expected to:
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Intended starting date: March 1st 2024.Application
You can apply for this position until 9 January 23:59 Dutch Local Time (CET) / before 10 January 2024. Only submissions via the digital application form will be considered. Your application should include, merged in one pdf file:
The selection interviews will take place on January 24th 2024.
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