Postdoctoral Researcher On The Intergenerational Transmission Of Parenting Processes (0.8 FTE)
University of Toronto Department of Education and Pedagogical Science

Postdoctoral Researcher On The Intergenerational Transmission Of Parenting Processes (0.8 FTE)


Job description


The Department of Education and Pedagogical Science, division Youth and Family, has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher on the project The intergenerational transmission of parenting processes. The postdoc project is embedded within the research Consortium on Individual Development that is funded by an NWO Gravitation grant. The postdoc project will use data from the RADAR cohort study. This cohort study is a comprehensive, longterm longitudinal study that focuses on development and relationships in adolescence and young adulthood, with a special focus on the intergenerational transmission of relational and psychosocial functioning.




Using longitudinal multimethod and multi-informant data across three generations from the RADAR study, the current project will examine intergenerational transmission of parenting processes.



Evidence suggests that parenting is transmitted across generations, yet how and for whom parenting is transmitted is not clear. Different theoretical perspectives might explain intergenerational transmission in parenting. According to social learning theory, transmission goes through a process of modeling, in which adolescents observe their parents’ parenting attempts and imitate those behaviors in their own parenting. Experiencing parenting is also likely to influence adolescents’ internal working models of relationships, which could then have consequences for their own parenting.




The project will focus on intergenerational transmission using longitudinal questionnaire and observational measures of parenting and parent-child relationship quality across three generations. It will examine whether the variation in parenting of generation 3 depends on generation 2 parents’ previous experiences as a child as reported by themselves as well as by their parents (G1), and through which mechanisms this transmission occurs. Particular attention will be given to social competence and behavioral control as mediators of transmission. Importantly, the project will also examine the conditions under which parenting is not transmitted from one generation to another.





The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:


    a PhD in Pedagogics, Developmental Psychology, or a closely related field;

    expertise in and affinity with psychosocial development of adolescents;

    experience with advanced longitudinal data analysis;

    ability to initiate, develop, and deliver high quality research;

    fluency in English and good writing skills, reflected in published articles in leading peer-reviewed international citation indexed journals in the field;

    ability or potential to generate external research funding;

    excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team;

    fluent in Dutch, to be able to assist in the data collection and coding of parent-child interaction tasks in generation 3.






We offer a temporary position for 1 year with an extent of 0.8 FTE. Upon a positive performance after the first year the appointment will be extended with 1,5 years, to a total of 30 months. Depending on your wishes, it might be possible to extend the 0.8 FTE postdoc position with a 0.1 or 0.2 FTE teaching position. The gross salary ranges between €2,709 and €4,274 per month for a full-time employment (scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). The gross salary depends on qualifications and experience. In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. Finally, we also provide an attractive working environment and a vibrant research climate. More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.


About the organization


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.




The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.




The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Research and teaching activities are concentrated in five areas:


    Behaviour in Social Contexts;

    Child and Adolescent Studies;

    Cognitive and Clinical Psychology;

    Education and Learning and

    Methodology and Statistics.


More than 5,600 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 850 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.


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