Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical Methods for Analysing Intensive Longitudinal Data KU Leuven


For the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, we are looking for a biostatistician with experience in analysing intensive longitudinal data. In our research group, we extensively use experience sampling and related data collection methods yielding intensive longitudinal data with a complex multilevel data structure. Mixed-effects models are typically used in the analysis, but alternative approaches such as latent Markov models have also been applied. The goal of this postdoc position is to apply and develop advanced statistical methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data.

The Center for Contextual Psychiatry (CCP, is a multidisciplinary and internationally oriented research center, widely recognized for its expertise in the design, application, and analysis of studies and clinical trials using ambulatory assessment and experience sampling methodology in the context of mental health research. The CCP is headed by prof. Inez Myin-Germeys and prof. Ruud van Winkel and currently consists of 25 researchers from a diverse background (clinical and experimental psychology, psychiatry, statistics, philosophy, movement sciences). The CCP is part of the Department of Neurosciences in the School of Medicine at KU Leuven, one of the most renowned research universities in Europe.


The responsibilities of the post-doc will be:

* the application and development of advanced statistical methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data

* to collaborate with researchers from different backgrounds, translating the research and clinical needs into appropriate statistical designs

* to supervise a PhD student working on a similar topic

* to consult for different EU projects we are collaborating in

* to consult for other PhD students working on different topics

* to participate in the ESM expert group


The successful candidate has a Master and PhD degree in appliedstatistics or in the social/health sciences, with a strong interest in both research design/methodologyand statistics. We arelooking for an innovative and creative personality, with the ability toindependently generate novel solutions in methodologically challenging areas. Experiencewith multilevel modelling, longitudinal data analysis, mixed-effect models, and with(ideally multiple) statistical software packages (R, Stata, SAS,…) is required.The candidate should have good command of English (written and oral). Motivated post-docs of allnationalities, who have the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinaryand international research environment with a strong commitment to basic and/orclinical research, are invited to apply.


Salaries for Post-docsare competitive by international standards. A contract for one year will beoffered, which is renewable for another two years after positive evaluation. Startingdate is flexible but no later than 1 August 2017.


For more information please contact Mrs. Martine van Nierop,, tel.: +32 16 32 76 98

You can apply for this job at  no later than April 30, 2017

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