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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

PhD position on “The Nature of Emotional Acculturation”

29.06.2020, by Tina Keil

CSCP at KU Leuven, Belgium
Application deadline: August 5th, 2020

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

We are looking to fill a fully funded 4-year PhD position on “the nature of emotional acculturation” (advisor: Professor Batja Mesquita). The PhD-student will be part of a research team working on the newly started ERC-Project Emotion Acculturation (consisting of a full-time project manager, 2 postdocs, and several PhD-students).

EmotionAcculturation examines when and how immigrant minorities’ emotions acculturate to fit the emotions of the majority, and when and how this removes the obstacles to integration. It addresses the question of emotional acculturation. EmotionAcculturation adopts a novel approach to psychological acculturation that challenges the tacit assumption in much existing acculturation research that minority individuals’ cultural affiliation and identity change, but that the ‘psyche itself’ remains untouched.

As a PhD-student, you will investigate the changes in emotions that happen as a result of acculturation, considering (a) how contact over time predicts changes in emotions, and (b) to what extent changes in different modalities of emotion converge.

You will mainly be working on the two first data collection projects within the broader ERC grant: the Newcomers’ Study and the Daily Diary Study. We study cultural majority members and minority members (from Turkish or Moroccan origin).


The successful candidate will work in the larger environment of the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven. The center includes 6 professors, and approx. 20 post docs and PhD students, all working on related themes. Research facilities are excellent, and the Center has an outstanding international reputation and extensive research collaborations with social and cultural psychology groups nationally and abroad. The University of Leuven is a research-oriented institution and is consistently ranked among the top research universities in Europe. Leuven is one of the oldest university towns in Europe, about 30 km from Brussels. It has a rich history and culture, and a unique and friendly atmosphere.


Candidates preferably have completed a Research Master in psychology, and have experience with advanced statistics. They should also have a deep interest in emotions theory, have affinity with culture and acculturation, excellent English reporting skills, and good organizational and social skills. Knowledge of Dutch, (Moroccan) Arabic, Tarafiyt, Tashelhiyt or Turkish is an asset.


We offer a competitive salary with various additional benefits (in terms of holidays, health insurance, transport costs, … See our jobsite for more information), excellent research facilities, and conference and travel budget. The preferred starting date is October 1, 2020.
Interested? For more information, please contact the project manager, Dr. Tom Verthé (  

Applications can be e-mailed to Tom Verthé by August 5th, 2020, and should include a letter of motivation, a full CV (including a transcript of university study results), and the names and contact information of 2 professional references. Subject header: “PhD application - The nature of emotional acculturation”