Uppsala University, Department of Psychology

Fully funded PhD student position

The Department of Psychology at Uppsala University hereby announces a 4-year doctoral position. About 100 people work at the Department of Psychology, of which more than half are professors, researchers, and persons employed in a teaching position. The department has about 30 active doctoral students. Uppsala University ranks high internationally and is the oldest university in the Nordic countries. Uppsala is only 30 minutes north of Stockholm and has a population of 200,000. The current position is funded by grants from the Sunnerdahls Handikappfond.

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Project Description: The doctoral student will work at the Development and Neurodiversity (DIVE) Lab at the Department of Psychology with Professor Terje Falck-Ytter as the main supervisor and Dr. Giorgia Bussu as the second supervisor. The current doctoral project aims to increase our understanding of early development in children with autism and related conditions. The doctoral student will work with already collected data from a study of preschool children. The study has been conducted within the framework of the AIMS-2-TRIALS network (aims-2-trials.eu). The participants in the study consist of approximately 300 children with autism, ADHD, or developmental delays who have been followed from 3 to 6 years, as well as 200 neurotypical controls. The children have been examined using a variety of experimental (eye tracking, EEG, MRI, behavioral) and clinical methods (interviews, observations, questionnaires). The focus of this doctoral position is on eye tracking, MRI, and clinical measures, but we try to consider the doctoral student's particular strengths and interests when developing the individual study plan.

The doctoral student will analyze data, report results, and participate in doctoral-level courses within the framework of the department's doctoral program. The doctoral student is also expected to contribute to some data collection and/or administrative tasks during the first two years. This is an important step to gain experience in the study's methods and to strengthen the connection with other researchers within the network. Some activity related to the study may take place at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and the doctoral student is expected to participate in meetings within the AIMS-2-TRIALS network and present research results in various contexts.

Uppsala University offers many opportunities to build an independent line of research. We have appreciated research courses, and there are opportunities to apply for grants aimed at junior researchers (after PhD). The supervisory team will be active throughout the process and stimulate the doctoral student's further career development. There is also an opportunity for pedagogical qualification in the form of teaching (max 20% of full time).

The intended start is during 2023.

Requirements: To qualify for a doctoral position in Psychology at Uppsala University, the applicant must have a master´s degree either including or in addition a minimum of 90 Swedish study credits in psychology. Applicants who have obtained qualifications equivalent of or comparable to the criteria described above abroad are also eligible to apply.

For the doctoral position in question, excellent skills in English, both spoken and written, are required. Knowledge of Swedish is not a requirement.

Meritorious for this particular doctoral position: Experience in autism research or developmental psychology is an advantage. In addition, you should enjoy working with quantitative data and effectively learn new analytical/statistical techniques. Demonstrated experience in quantitative data analysis and statistical methods relevant to the project is desirable (e.g., time series analysis, mixed linear models, general data programming). Due to the research group's international and interdisciplinary nature, good collaboration and communication skills are crucial. It is also of great importance that the applicant is accustomed to independent work, has good organizational ability, and is goal-oriented.

An employment application must contain the following documents in English:

  • Application for admission to postgraduate studies (link)
  • A letter describing why you are interested in and suitable for the position, with reference to the criteria stated above (no more than one page)
  • Attested degree certificate/s that confirms eligibility
  • Record of completed courses included in your degree/s
  • If available, please include a pdf of your graduation thesis in psychology or related field
  • Contact information to 2-3 academic references are desirable
  • Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

Further details about the application and selection procedure is available here: https://www.psyk.uu.se/admissions/phd-studies/application

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date autumn 2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Terje Falck-Ytter, terje.falck-ytter@psyk.uu.se.

Please submit your application by September 20, 2023. UFV-PA 2023/3110.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Employment expires 2027-11-30
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-10-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/3110
Union representative
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 29.Aug.2023
Last application date 20.Sep.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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