Application Deadline : 10-04-2012
The heterosexual double standard (the divergent set of rules regarding sexual conduct for women versus men) is put into practice unevenly among young people today. Stereotypically gendered (hetero)sexuality is typically a ‘now you see it now you don’t phenomenon’. This project explores enactment of the double standard by adolescents and young adults. It specifically investigates the conditions under which (hetero)sexual or sexually tainted (hetero)social interaction is more or less likely to be typically (i.e. traditionally) gendered. Insight into the conditions shaping gendered sexual behaviour is important considering its complex relation to gender equity and (sexual and mental) health.
This project aims to add to this body of knowledge by particularly focussing on equity and health relevant behaviours such as sexual autonomy, assertiveness and aggression. The study focuses on the microdynamics of these behaviours by looking at micro-level sociosexual interactional processes such as norm sending, social tuning and expectancy confirmation. Main research questions address the influence of proximal situational factors (notably the salience of gender and sexuality stereotypes) and partner related factors (notably partner’s gender typedness) on outcomes related to sexual agency (activity, autonomy, assertiveness) and sexual aggression in subjects. Subject related variables will be studied as moderators of context and partner effects. Methods are (secondary) analyses of cross-sectional survey data, a field-experimental vignette study and laboratory experiments.
You will be responsible for the (survey and laboratory) study set up and data gathering, analysis and report. You will write at least 5 papers on the data, resulting in a doctoral dissertation.
We are looking for someone who:
holds a (Research) Master-level degree in (Social, Experimental, Developmental) Psychology;
has interest in and some knowledge of sexology and gender dynamics;
has good methodological (and statistical) skills and experience, preferably in relation to laboratory studies;
has good command of English;
speaks Dutch well enough to conduct and supervise data-collection procedures.
We offer a temporary fulltime appointment for one year. After a positive evaluation the appointment will be extended to a total of four years maximum. Your gross salary starts at € 2,042.- and increases to € 2,612.- gross per month in the fourth year of the appointment. The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions. More information: terms of employment.
About the organisation
The faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences carries out relevant scientific research of a very high quality and provides challenging academic teaching in the fields of human behaviour and society. The faculty’s research and teaching contributes to a critical reflection on society, human behaviour and their interconnection. More than 5,800 students follow a broad range of undergraduate and graduate (academic and research) programmes, set up by a collaboration of two departments: Behavioural Sciences and Social Sciences. As a result of the faculty’s wide variety of programmes and innovative and groundbreaking research, some 750 staff members have ample opportunity to benefit from each other’s knowledge and expertise.
For information about the position or a description of the project and proposal, please contact Prof. Dr. Ine Vanwesenbeeck, telephone: +31 30 253 4780, e-mail:
Please send your application (including a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae) by clicking the apply button.