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Epigenetics (Methylation) and Loneliness in Adolescence - Belgium
KU Leuven (company)
Posted on : 13 May 2017
- In this PhD project, you will examine how epigenetic changes (i.e., methylation patterns) in genes related to the human stress system (HPA-axis) are linked to the development of loneliness in early adolescence.
- The genetic data will also be linked to two underlying processes at intermediate levels of analysis, that is, stress reactivity and processing of emotional stimuli. In addition, perceived parenting, attachment, and rumination will be examined as potential moderators of the link between gene methylation and loneliness.
- To conduct these analyses,you will collect both extensive questionnaire data and saliva samples (for the genetic analyses) in a longitudinal study and use cortisol measures and computer-administered behavioral tasks.
- You have a master’s degree in psychology or educational sciences.
- Candidates for the PhD position should have an active interest in state-of-the-art research in developmental psychology and should be willing to acquire the statistical skills required to analyze large longitudinal data sets and to study biological problems such as methylation in some depth.
- You obtained very good grades. Master students that will graduate in July 2017 are also invited to apply.
- Good English (oral and written) communicative skills are necessary.
- You are motivated and eager to learn. You can work independently and flexibly but are also willing to collaborate in a team.
- You have a talent for organization and good communication skills.
- Please add (a) a motivation letter in which you highlight your specific interest in this job opening, (b) a detailed overview of your academic results, and (c) contact information for at least one reference person.
- We offer a stimulating work and learning environment in which you acquire expertise as a researcher with the aim to obtain a PhD.
- During the process, you will work together with the other members of the research consortium.
- We offer a full-time employment for two years that can be extended (max . 4 years).