Increases in science scepticism among the public represent 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.
In this project, psychological distance to science will be investigated as a precursor of science scepticism in various domains.
This will be done with large-scale cross-national surveys, controlled experiments, and daily diary studies.
The PhD candidate will work under the daily supervision of Dr Bastiaan Rutjens and Prof. Frenk van Harreveld, who are both based at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which is ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings.
The University of Amsterdam has access to state-of-the-art research facilities (Psychology labs / Spinoza center) to implement and coordinate the proposed research.
The PhD candidate will report the research results at project meetings, conferences and in international journals, ultimately leading to a PhD dissertation.
The candidate will also provide teaching assistance (15%).
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The PhD position is for four years (initial employment is 12 months and after a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended with 36 months).
The project should lead to a dissertation. Based on a full-time appointment the gross monthly salary will be €2,325 in the first year, increasing to €2,972 in the fourth year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities).