PhD student Student welfare and learning environment in Higher Education University of Groningen's Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Netherlands

PhD student Student welfare and learning environment in Higher Education 



The University of Groningen is one of the top European research universities and is internationally oriented. The university is socially active and feels involved in its environment. In a wide range of fields, researchers and teachers practice their profession from a scientific passion. Everyone is enabled to get the best out of themselves. Talent, ambition and achievement of the 31,000 students and 5,600 employees are honored as much as possible.


The University of Groningen's Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences is strong in research and education in the field of behavior, thinking, learning and coexistence of people. We want to continue to develop our theoretical and methodologically well-founded knowledge domains - psychology, sociology, pedagogy, educational sciences, and subject didactics.


The faculty strives for a leading position in researching and solving social issues and problems experienced by people in their daily lives. Our ambition is to develop and evaluate scientifically based interventions, in consultation with social parties. We want to expand the faculty infrastructure for empirical scientific research to an international top level.


The teacher training

Our unit trains start-able teachers for the first degree (master) and second degree (minor) of secondary education. In addition, the department contributes to the professionalization of university lecturers within the faculty. The research program consists of three lines, one of which focuses on determinants of effectiveness within Higher Education.


Job description

The teacher training program is looking for a PhD candidate for research into influenceable factors in the learning environment that can contribute to increasing student well-being (or reducing stressors that lead to lower well-being) without jeopardizing the quality of education and graduates . Within this broad theme, the PhD student can put his own accents in his own research plan. Collaboration with international researchers is possible. The PhD student joins the ICO research school ( ).

The PhD student is part of the Higher Education research group and contributes to meetings and possibly cooperates with other research within the group.


Job requirements

  • graduated in a relevant discipline in behavioral and social sciences, preferably with a research master
  • demonstrable affinity, motivation and ambition in doing research
  • demonstrable affinity with higher education
  • experience (or a strong motivation to become proficient in this) with both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods
  • good command of English and Dutch (oral and written)
  • good communication skills
  • to be able to work in a team.


Working conditions

The University of Groningen offers a salary of at least € 2,325 gross per month up to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month on a full-time basis (cao Dutch Universities). In the first instance, the appointment is planned for a year, with a positive evaluation it is extended to a total of 4 years.


Starting date: 1 March 2019


You can apply by sending your application letter with curriculum vitae before 15.01.2019 exclusively on the basis of the application form.


Acquisition is not appreciated.



For information you can contact:

  • Dr. EPWA Jansen, 050-3633644,

  • Dr. M. Fokkens-Bruinsma, 050-3637058,

Please do not use the above e-mail address (es) for responding to the vacancies.

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