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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Full-time Post-doctoral Position at Faculty of Psychology

20.09.2018, by Tina Keil

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium; Applications accepted until the position filled (Start date Feb. 2019)

Logo: Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Logo: Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral research position at the Faculty of Psychology of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. The position is covered by an Advanced Concerted Research Actions project (ACR) titled “The Socio-Cognitive Impact of Literacy”, coordinated by Régine Kolinsky (Research Unit in Cognitive Neurosciences, Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences, CRCN) and Olivier Klein (Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, CeSCuP).

We offer onsite laboratory facilities and a highly interdisciplinary and active research environment. The position will be funded and renewable on yearly basis for up to two years. Starting date: February 2019 (at the latest). It is possible to start earlier.

Project details

Combining cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics and social psychology approaches, we aim at examining the impact of literacy learning on the socio-cognitive skills that are essential for exerting one’s citizenship, allowing critical and argumentative thinking as well as information validation endowing resistance to misinformation. For this purpose we will train people with poor reading skills (adolescents attending vocational education and functional illiterate adults). We will track their progress through behavioral measures, including eye-movement recording, in order to examine whether:

  1. literacy progress leads to increases in critical and argumentative thinking, greater skepticism and enhanced information validation capacities, including as regards fake news and conspiracy theories,
  2. these developments are related to progress in supportive capacities such as reasoning, memory, executive and mindreading abilities, and
  3. the effects of literacy on those skills are mediated by its effects on oral language proficiency.

Candidate requirements

We seek candidates with a strong background in psycholinguistics OR in the social cognitive processes involved in language comprehension and/or belief formation, and with a very good knowledge of French (for being involved in the testing of poorly literate adolescents and adults). Other aspects that will be taken into account are experience in eye movement recording, and in working with disadvantaged populations and/or in a school context.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants of any age and of any nationality are eligible
  • Eligible applicants are Experienced Researchers, i.e. holders of a PhD degree, with maximum 7 years postdoctoral experience at the date of 1 January 2019.
  • Eligible applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months during the 3 years preceding the call deadline.
  • Eligible applicants should not have benefited from another postdoctoral fellowship in Belgium for more than 6 months by the date of 1 January 2019.

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