Job opening: Postdoctoral Researcher Conflict

The Eindhoven University of Technology has the following vacancy

Postdoctoral Researcher ‘Empowering paramedics in bystander conflict’ (V39.1202)

At the Human Performance Management Group of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

The Human Performance Management Group of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher on the NWO funded project entitled “Empowering paramedics in bystander conflict”. Combining insights from research on conflict, teams, motivation, and performance, the postdoc will use laboratory and field experiments to address the adverse effects of bystander conflict and to develop and test a training intervention aimed at increasing paramedics’ skills in managing these conflicts.

The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) is a leading school in the area of industrial engineering, management and innovation sciences. IE&IS's mission is closely tied to its pioneering work in developing an engineering perspective on business processes as well as its interdisciplinary research on transitions in societies in relation to technical changes. At the heart of our academic philosophy is the synergy between research and teaching. Moreover, IE&IS is a decidedly small-scale department in which scholars and students together with practitioners work on critical problems at the interface of engineering, management, innovation, and human behaviour. IE&IS offers two BSc and four MSc programmes and contributes to several other educational programmes of the TU/e.

The Human Performance Management Group (HPM) focuses its research and education on the role of resources (i.e. human, job and organizational resources) in optimizing the performance of operational processes. In other words, how should work, teams, and organizations be designed and developed to obtain a high performance organization in which employees can work with high motivation, creativity and pleasure? In this respect, it is assumed that the best fit between people and work will be achieved when adequate attention is given to the human side as well as the work side in (re)designing and (re)developing operational processes to improve performance. The HPM group teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. All research of the group is embedded in BETA, the KNAW recognized research school for business engineering and technology application.

Project description

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct the NWO funded project: 'Empowering paramedics in bystander conflict'. Dutch media increasingly report on conflicts between paramedics and bystanders during emergency events. Bystander conflict, defined as a paramedics’ perception that a bystander frustrates her or his task and/or goal accomplishment, threatens patient safety and reduces paramedics’ job satisfaction, which calls for urgent measures to constrain these deleterious effects.

The postdoc will examine how specific work characteristics influence paramedics’ perception of intrusions and how those perceptions affect performance. The project aims are 1) a better understanding of how bystander conflict negatively affects paramedics’ performance and, 2) the development and test of a practical training intervention to prepare paramedics to effectively manage bystander conflict.

The current project operates on the interface between conflict research, team research, and the work motivation and performance literature. The candidate will use multiple methods (laboratory and field experiments) to answer the identified research questions. Contacts with a paramedical training center have been established for hosting the research. The activities of this research project should result in several articles in leading applied psychological journals, the development of a validated intervention technique, and the dissemination of obtained knowledge to the paramedical field as well as to other public service areas.


The highly motivated candidate should meet the following requirements: a Ph.D. in social and/or organization psychology and a strong research record (including publications in international refereed journals). Affinity with the research topic and expertise in experimental research methods and statistical techniques is highly recommended. In addition, we are looking for the candidate who considers it a challenge to translate scientific insights into practical applications and to work closely with “the field”. The candidate should be proficient in English and Dutch (speaking and writing) and have a strong interest in pursuing both fundamental and applied research.

Appointment and salary

We offer: a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 2 years, starting December 1st, 2010 at the latest; a gross monthly salary of € 2861, a holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary and an end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary; a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).


More information about this position is available from prof.dr. E. Demerouti, e-mail:, phone +31 40 2475669, dr. J. Gevers, e-mail:, phone +31 40 2474178, or dr. S. Rispens, e-mail:, phone +31 40 2475935. Further information: Mrs. E. van der Mierden, personnel officer, phone +31.40.2474886, e-mail:


The application should consist of the following parts: a motivation for your application; extended curriculum vitae; a description of your obtained scientific degree, or the moment at which the graduation is expected. Applications should be received by August 31st, 2010. As part of an equal opportunity scheme, women are explicitly requested to apply.

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