PhD position on the Psychology of Science Scepticism


Apply before: 2 November 2020
Institute: University of Amsterdam
  • We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a 4-year PhD position on the psychology of science scepticism, which is part of a project funded by an ERC grant awarded to Dr Bastiaan Rutjens. Within the project, you will work closely together with the other members of the core project team, which consists of Bastiaan Rutjens, a postdoctoral reearcher, another PhD student, and a research assistant.
  • Science scepticism among the public represents an important societal challenge. While recent research has shed light on some of the ideological correlates of specific manifestations of science scepticism – such as climate change denial and vaccine hesitancy – a unifying psychological principle that can be applied to science scepticism more generally has not yet been identified. Our lab investigates psychological distance to science as a precursor of science scepticism. In this project, the focus will be on evaluations of scientists (i.e., trust in scientists, stereotypes about scientists, scepticism about scientists’ motives). Various methods will be employed, including large-scale cross-national surveys, controlled experiments, and secondary data analysis.
  • Master’s degree (preferably obtained in a research master program) in social psychology, cognitive psychology, psychological methods, communication science, or equivalent program.
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