18/12/2018

PhD position: Stress regulation decomposed: A mechanistic approach to understand physiological and emotional regulation of stress to improve well-being

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Grenoble Alpes
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Psychological sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/01/2019 17:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    France › Grenoble
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2019

SUBJECT TITLE: Stress regulation decomposed: A mechanistic approach to understand physiological and emotional regulation of stress to improve well-being

CDP TITLE: NeuroCog

RESEARCH FIELD: Psychological Sciences, First Stage Researcher, Higher Education Institute, France, Not Funded by an EU Programme

SCIENTIFIC DEPARTMENT (LABORATORY’S NAME):  LIP/PC2S

DOCTORAL SCHOOL: Ecole Doctorale Sciences de l’Homme du Politique et du Territoire

SUPERVISORS’ NAMES: Hans IJzerman, Gabriela Jiga-Boy, and Ivan Ropovik

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION:

Description

The downregulation of stress has gained momentum in the last years as various methods became popular (e.g., mindfulness training). The accuracy of psychological research in the last few years has been debated. The theories on psychological mechanisms underpinning stress regulation, as well as on the individual role in stress regulation (stress mindsets and/or control) are therefore also underdeveloped. This project will consist of several stages:

  • Stage 1 Meta-Analysis: How accurate are various stress-regulation strategies? This first question will be addressed through a meta-analysis. We aim to shed light into the regulatory processes (physiological, emotional, and cognitive) that facilitate stress regulation (e.g., practicing mindfulness meditation). In addition, this stage will identify which stress regulation strategies are reliable and which are not.
  • Stage 2 Measurement Assessment: Which measurement methods of the autonomic nervous system (e.g., electrodermal activity, heart rate reactivity, peripheral temperature) are most efficacious and which analyses techniques should be utilized to improve understanding of the signal?
  • Stage 3 Registered Report: Based on the review of the first two stages, a registered report will be developed to assess the efficacy of different stress regulation strategies. This report will include plans for lab studies testing the efficacy of stress regulation strategies identified at earlier stages of the project.

Embedding

The supervision team consists of Hans IJzerman, Gabriela Jiga-Boy, and Ivan Ropovik. You will be directly supervised by Hans IJzerman and Gabriela Jiga-Boy, and you will have Ivan Ropovik as a distant supervisor to support with methodological aspects of the project. You will work the first 18 moths at Université Grenoble Alpes in France in the Co-Regulation (CORE) Lab (www.corelab.io; lab philosophy available on the website). The CORE Lab currently consists of Drs. Hans IJzerman, Elisa Sarda, and Rick Klein. All of Stage 1 and most of Stage 2 will take place at the CORE Lab. Your direct contact at the CORE Lab is its PI, Dr. Hans IJzerman, who is Associate professor in social psychology at Université Grenoble Alpes. He obtained his PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His research deals primarily with how social relationships are organized around processes of body temperature regulation. He has also developed a strong interest in “meta-science”.  The second 18 months of the project and part of Stage 2 and all of Stage 3 will be spent at Swansea University. There, you will be supervised by Dr. Gabriela Jiga-Boy, who is Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in social psychology at Swansea University. She is a social cognition researcher interested in how thoughts (memories, forecasts, values) shape current and expected emotions. She currently investigates why and when mindfulness can equip one with a set of skills that help regulate emotions. She obtained her MSc and PhD in social psychology from Université Grenoble Alpes, and has taught social psychology as a lecturer at Swansea University since 2012 and at University College London, UK.

Benefits

Salary (France): between €1768.55 and €2100 before tax per month

Scholarship (UK): The scholarship consists of 50% of the standard UKRI full-time UK/EU postgraduate research tuition fee and standard stipend (non-taxable) for a maximum period of three years. At 2018/2019 rates the stipend is £14777 per annum.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants:

- Must hold a Master's degree (or be about to earn one) or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master's (5-year duration).

- Should have a strong interest in open science (and a history of applying it, demonstrated, for example, through their Open Science Framework or GitHub projects)

- Should have a strong methodological background (experience in data science, e.g., deep learning)

- Should have experience in a programming language (e.g., R or Python).

- Must meet the academic and English Language requirements (for details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit:

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/)

Applicants will have to send an application letter in English. The motivation letter should include some ideas about the project and about their history in open science. They should also attach:

  • An application letter in English, which should include potential ideas they would develop in the project (see link provided in the recruitment ad).
  • Their last diploma/degree certificate and full transcripts;
  • Their CV (including names of people who can serve as references)
  • A short presentation of their past scientific projects (2 to 3 pages max), which should include how they have applied open science.

Address to send your application: hans.ijzerman@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr & G.Jiga@swansea.ac.uk

Selection process

SELECTION PROCESS

Application deadline: January 15, 2019 at 17:00 (CET)

Applications will be evaluated through a three-step process:

  1. Eligibility check of applications in January 16, 2019
  2. 1st round of selection: the applications will be evaluated by a Review Board in January 2019. Results will be given in January 21, 2018.
  3. 2nd round of selection: shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview session in Grenoble between January 24 and 31, 2019. (if necessary)

TYPE of CONTRACT: temporary-3 years of doctoral contract

JOB STATUS: Full time

HOURS PER WEEK: 35

OFFER STARTING DATE: February 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 16, 2019

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Grenoble Alpes
France
Grenoble

EURAXESS offer ID: 364745