PhD Position “Investigating Chronic Illness Stereotypes in the Context of Work”

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University of Amsterdam (UvA)

8 Jul 2023
Job Information

University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Research Field
Cultural studies
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
31 Aug 2023 – 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Are you interested in conducting research on the intersection of social, organizational, and health psychology? Do you want to generate pioneering research on health diversity and inclusion in society and organizations? Do you want to contribute to sustainable work environments for a health-diverse workforce?

The Department of Work and Organizational Psychology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a PhD student for the project “Chronic Illness Stereotypes: Investigating the Social-Cognitive Processes Underlying the Perception and Behavior of People with Chronic Health Conditions (CHCs) at Work”.

Project description

The prevalence of chronic health conditions (CHCs) in the workforce is increasing due to a worldwide increase in autoimmune illnesses and demographic change. Although CHCs represent a unique dimension of diversity, they are often overlooked in psychological research on stereotypes, organizational inclusion, and occupational health efforts.

This PhD project will investigate the content, predictors, and effects of stereotype perceptions of CHCs in general and work contexts. The goal is to gain insights into existing perceptions in the general public, as well as the unique perspectives of employed people with CHCs, their awareness and internalization of existing stereotypes, and the effects on their behavior in the workplace. Finally, the project will explore interventions to change stereotypes and prevent workplace discrimination against people with CHCs.

The PhD project aims to answer the following research questions using a multi-disciplinary and mixed methods approach combining social psychology theories with applied topics from organizational and health psychology. Research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the contents of stereotype perceptions towards people with different CHCs and their consequences in terms of emotional reactions and behavior?
  • What are the effects of different work contexts (e.g., industry type) on stereotype perceptions of CHCs, and how are they impacted by the behavior of people with CHC and the characteristics of the stereotype holders?
  • What are the effects of perceived stereotype perceptions (meta-perceptions) on employees with CHCs, their self-perceptions, anticipated discrimination, and their behavior at work?
  • How can we counteract the effects of stereotyping toward employees with CHCs?

You will be based at the Work and Organizational Psychology Research Group of the Psychology Research Institute at theFaculty of Social and Behavioral Scien ces, working under the supervision of Dr. Matthijs Baas (UvA), Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Cook (UvA), and Dr. Hanneke Grutterink.

What you are going to do

Together with your supervising team, you will carry out a research program dedicated to answering fundamental and applied questions regarding the stereotype perceptions of people with CHCs.

Your research will contribute to sustainable work environments for a health-diverse workforce.

Within the PhD project, your activities will include data collection using various methods (e.g., experimental studies, (longitudinal) survey studies, interviews, and (systematic) literature review). You will analyze data and write articles for scientific publications. In addition to conducting research, you will be involved in teaching activities (5% of the time) in the teaching program of work and organizational psychology (e.g., supervision of students’ thesis research).

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a candidate that:

  • has (or is within three months of obtaining) a university master’s degree in the field of psychology or a related discipline in the social sciences;
  • a degree in Work and Organizational Psychology or Social Psychology is a plus;
  • is enthusiastic, motivated, driven, conscientious, and independent;
  • has (proven) knowledge of and experience with quantitative (field) research; additional experience with qualitative research (e.g., interview studies) is a plus;
  • has excellent methodological and statistical skills; experience in working with the R environment (R/RStudio) is a plus;
  • has excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • likes to work in a team, has a passion for applied research and the application of research findings in practice, is prepared to engage in teaching activities, such as the supervision of thesis research of university students and the tutoring of working groups.

Additional Information

The position concerns temporary employment of 38 hours per week for a maximum term of 4 years. The initial employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of 36 months, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum that will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor’s students.

For this position, the University Job Classification profile “Promovendus” applies.

Your salary will be €2541 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3247 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities . We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam, where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • the potential to make a real impact on the (work) lives of people with CHC and their co-workers.

Selection process

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile and are excited about this opportunity? Then we look forward to receiving your application by August 31st, 2023. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in one combined .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • your master’s thesis;
  • your master’s degree (if finished) and list with courses and course grades.

Additional comments

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Work Location(s)

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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Postal Code
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166

Where to apply



Spui 21
Postal Code
1012 WX


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