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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

4-year PhD Project on Communication about Social Groups

29.06.2019, by Tina Keil

CSCP at KU Leuven, Belgium
Application deadline: July 20th, 2019

Logo: KU Leuven, Belguim
Logo: KU Leuven, Belguim

Following funding by the Special Research Fund of KU Leuven of the project “When you say ‘women collaborate more’, do I hear you say that men do not collaborate? Consequences of communicators’ choices of comparative formats in messages about social groups”, we have an opening for a 4-year fully-funded pre-doctoral position at the Centre for Social and Cultural Psychology (CSCP) of KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium.

The project examines observers’ responses to verbal claims about social groups as a function of the extent to, and the manner in which the claim renders the underlying intergroup comparison explicit.

The successful candidate will conduct experiments in this context and report the results in international journals and at national and international conferences. S/he will prepare a PhD under the joint supervision of Prof. Vera Hoorens (KU Leuven) and Prof. Susanne Bruckmüller (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), with a broader supervisory team including other professors at CSCP / Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of KU Leuven. S/he will also devote a small part of his/her time (10% max) to educational tasks (e.g., supervising exams, coaching tutorials) and will co-supervise master’s theses on the project.

The University of Leuven (also known as KU Leuven) is a research university in the heart of Europe, two hours from Paris, four hours from London. Part of the university’s Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, the CSCP is a supportive, challenging, and diverse research and training environment whose research broadly stated focuses on how people interact with, and think and feel about, one another, both as individuals and as groups. Among its specific themes are socio-cultural processes related to social identity, emotions, and the self; social inequality and intergroup relations, gender roles, and diversity in school and work organizations. The research in the CSCP spans a wide range of different methods and contexts, varying from controlled laboratory experiments that provide insight into the effects of specific contexts on psychological functioning, to real-life research in schools, organizations, and society as a whole. The CSCP has an excellent international reputation and extensive research collaborations with social and cultural psychology groups nationally and abroad. It provides excellent research facilities, including a state-of-the-art social psychological lab.

For more information, please mail Vera Hoorens ( or visit, where you can also apply.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates: August 16th, 2019
Notification of the successful candidate: August 23rd, 2019
Start date position: preferably October 1st, 2019