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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

PhD Studentship available

25.02.2021, by Tina Keil

Université de Paris, France
Application deadline: April 18th, 2021

Logo: Université de Paris
Logo: Université de Paris

The Social Psychology Lab (UR 4471) at the Université de Paris is looking for a doctoral student in social psychology for the project SPACEFORCE - Affective Force Fields in Urban Space (FRAL - Franco-German Project in Human Sciences). The position starts on 1 October 2021 for a period of 36 months; supervision and contact: Christophe Blaison (MC - HDR;


Christophe Blaison (MC - HDR; French Coordinator)
Prof. Tobias Schröder (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany; German coordinator)
Prof. Theodore Alexopoulos (Université de Poitiers, France; Partner)

Profile and skills required

  • Master 2 in social psychology, cognitive psychology, or ergonomic psychology.
  • Experimental method, familiarity with R or Python software, and skills in data analysis (General Linear Models, ...).
  • Intermediate English: you can speak the language comprehensibly, coherently and confidently on topics that are familiar to you.
  • Bonus: Experience in using virtual reality in research; German language.

Summary of the project

The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to develop and test a mathematically formalised theory about how affective processes govern human perceptions, decisions and behaviour in the urban space. For this we combine affective judgment in spatial context (Blaison et al., 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), a theory in social cognition about how individuals construct an integrated affective representation of a space, with affect control theory (ACT; Heise, 1979, 2007; Rogers et al., 2014; Schröder et al., 2013, 2016), a sociological theory whose computational model predicts how culture influences the perceptions and actions of its members. The resulting computational model, ACT-space, will be tested and validated experimentally by observing the behaviour of participants in a virtual environment (VR).

The project is international. The experimental part will be mainly led by the French coordinator (MC - HDR Christophe Blaison) whereas the modelling part will be mainly led by the German coordinator (Pr. Tobias Schröder). The two teams, assisted by the French partner (Pr. T. Alexopoulos, University of Poitiers), will work closely together at all stages of the project. The PhD student of the French team will be in charge of programming and organising the data collection of a series of experiments, some of which will be conventional (online or in the lab) and others will make use of virtual reality (RV-PSY platform of the Institute of Psychology, Université de Paris). He or she will also be in charge of the data processing and the publication of the results in international conferences and in the best journals of the discipline. A thesis by publication will be preferred.


The doctoral student of the French team will be supervised by Christophe Blaison ( at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale (Institute of Psychology, Université de Paris). There will also be a doctoral student for the German team who will be supervised by Tobias Schröder (Institute for Urban Futures, University of Applied Science, FH Potsdam). This call for applications concerns the doctoral student of the French team only.


FRAL - French-German Project in Human Sciences. Co-funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany).

Terms and conditions of the contract

Full-time position to be filled under a 36-month fixed-term contract (CDD) starting on 1 October 2021. Monthly remuneration: 1,450 euros net.
Place of work: Institut de Psychologie de l'Université de Paris, Centre Henri Piéron, 71, avenue Édouard Vaillant 92774 Boulogne-Billancourt Cedex.


The application file will be submitted in English or French as a single pdf file with the following file name structure: NAME_First name_SPACEFORCE_UdeParis.pdf.

It will include:

  1. CV + covering letter
  2. Two letters of reference + contacts, at least one of the letters should come from a person who has supervised the candidate's research work.
  3. A transcript of grades for M1 and M2 (even provisional)
  4. A copy of your last diploma

The application file must be sent no later than 18 April 2021 to Christophe Blaison ( Please do not hesitate to contact him in advance if you require further information. Candidates will be auditioned during the month of May 2021.