PhD student ?Mental health, Family and Working Life Trajectories in Young Adults

Working environment
Do you want to work with highly motivated researchers? Do you want to develop yourself? Do you want to do research within the field of work and health among young adults? Apply for a PhD position within the project ?Today?s youth is tomorrow?s workforce?!

Pathways to successful labour market participation and a healthy working life course are complex. Family formation and family life can have a major impact on work functioning and young adult working life trajectories. Family formation often occurs simultaneously with building a work career. Many studies have examined life course work-family trajectories, but more work is needed to link the available knowledge to the mental health of the young adults. The project ?Today?s youth is tomorrow?s workforce? is set up to elucidate the complex relationship between mental health, family life, and working life of young adults.

For this project, we are looking for a talented, curiosity-driven PhD students with strong interest in interdisciplinary, life course research. The project is designed to conduct in-depth trajectory and life course analyses with 15-year follow-up data from the unique Dutch TRAILS cohort ( to derive the main working life trajectories of young adults. A new measurement wave at age 28/29 years will be added to TRAILS to extend these trajectories and to collect new data on mental health and the interaction of work and family life in early adult life. Young adults? work functioning will be examined in TRAILS and in the exceptional Dutch three-generational Lifelines cohort ( The research group is involved in high-quality quantitative and qualitative research, often in close collaboration with policy makers and practitioners in public and occupational health.

Job description
The PhD project should unravel the complex interplay between work and family lives. The successful candidates will be expected to employ sophisticated statistical techniques to investigate a series of research questions, and publish results in high quality, scientific journals. In addition, the section Community and Occupational Medicine expects active participation in research meetings and the willingness to fulfil some teaching obligations.

What do we need
Eligible candidates should have the following qualifications:
  • A degree in the Social, Medical or Health Sciences
  • A passion for research
  • Affinity with the research theme
  • Experience in statistical methods for the analysis of complex longitudinal data
  • Excellent English writing and presentation skills
  • Good organizational skills and communication skills, being a team-player
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What do we offer
We offer one PhD position for a period of 4 years (1 fte). The appointment will be at the Department of Health Sciences, Community and Occupational Medicine of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

Your salary is € 2.357,- gross per month in the first year up to € 3.020,- gross per month in the last year (scale PhD) for a full-time position (36 hours). In addition, the UMCG will offer an annual 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-the-year bonus. The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labor Agreement for medical centers (UMC-CAO).

For additional information please contact:
Prof. dr. Ute Bültmann, principal investigator of the study, phone: +31 50 3616975, email: (please do not use for applications).

Applicants are expected to start as soon as possible but no later than July 1st, 2019.
Interview dates are scheduled on February 6th and February 15th 2019.

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