PhD Position: Empathy and Animal Welfare

Apply before: May 31st 2023
Institute: University of Tilburg, Tilburg

The PhD project will investigate the role of empathy in human-animal relations.. Empathic people tend to care more about the welfare of other humans. However, most animals are very dissimilar to humans, making it difficult to empathize with them in some ways, but not others. It is therefore unclear how important different facets of empathy actually are in shaping responses to animal suffering.

We are looking for candidates who have

  • An interest in conducting theoretical and applied research on the role of empathy in human-animal relations
  • Advanced research skills (e.g., experimental design, preregistration and other Open Science practices) and data analytical abilities (e.g., meta-analysis, power analysis, multilevel modeling, analysis of longitudinal data)
  • In-depth knowledge of statistical and programming tools (preferably R)
  • Project management and organization skills
  • Proficiency in English at an academic level (proficiency in Dutch is a plus), including strong writing skills
  • Competencies in providing small-scale education, such as bachelor thesis and working groups supervision

We offer you

  • A fully funded, four-year PhD position
  • A position among the top of the Dutch employers Tilburg University with an excellent policy concerning terms of employment
  • A gross salary that amounts to € 2541,- per month in the first year, rising to € 3247,- per month in the fourth year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week).
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