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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

2 Doctoral Students/PhDs (AiO) on Psychosocial Aspects of HIV

04.02.2020, by Tina Keil

Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Application deadline: March 1st, 2020

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Job description

In the Netherlands, priority is currently being given to eliminating new HIV infections and finding a cure for HIV. In this context, two four year research projects will be conducted. Project 1 focuses on social engagement in HIV cure, the meaningful involvement of people with HIV in that process, and the impact a cure can have on HIV stigma. Project 2 focuses on a regional, tailored approach to HIV prevention in the EuRegio Limburg with German and Belgian border regions for high risk groups such as refugees and men-having-sex-with-men (MSM). These are collaborative national projects with external partners. Project 1 is also co-led with Dr. Chantal den Daas (RIVM) and Prof Dr. John de Wit (Utrecht University). The candidates will work at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Work and Social Psychology, section Applied Social Psychology.


  • A very good master or research master in public health, health education and promotion, or psychology with a focus on health or social psychology.
  • An interest in working in the field of HIV prevention and HIV cure research, and with high risk (mostly MSM) populations and people living with HIV (PLHIV).
  • The candidate should have, or be interested in acquiring, mixed methods research skills that include cross-sectional quantitative research (project 1 and 2), qualitative research (project 1 and 2), and longitudinal experience sampling research (project 2).
  • The candidate should have an interest in developing interventions and the capacity to cooperate with multiple and diverse partners and stakeholders.
  • For project 1, good conversation and writing skills in Dutch are necessary. For project 2, good conversation and writing skills in a minimum of two of these languages (French, German, Dutch) are necessary.

It is possible to apply for both positions. Interest for one or both positions should be indicated in the cover letter.

Conditions of Employment

Fixed-term contract: 01/05/2020 - 01/05/2024.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website


Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Additional information

Project 1: Dr. Sarah E. Stutterheim, Work & Social Psychology, Maastricht University,
Project 2: Prof. Dr. Kai J. Jonas, Work & Social Psychology, Maastricht University,

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