Postdoctoral Researcher: Peer Relationships in Emerging Adulthood

We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral researcher to work on a unique longitudinal project. In the Nijmegen Longitudinal Study (NLS), participants have been followed since infancy and are now turning 27 years old. In this position, you will utilise the existing data to examine the antecedents and correlates of peer relationships in emerging adulthood. This is an exciting opportunity to work on state-of-the-art publications with an excellent research team.

This position is part of the NWO project ’Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Predicting Peer Relationships in Emerging Adulthood’. Primary responsibilities involve writing and collaborating with other team members on several high impact journal articles (in English), involving the most recently collected waves of NLS data. Specifically, you will be involved in all aspects of the writing process (i.e. formulating research questions, identifying relevant literature, analysing data, and interpreting results). The topics of these publications will be chosen in collaboration with the supervisors and other members of the research team. This position provides a unique opportunity for you to take part in an exciting project and efficiently boost your publication record.

Emerging adulthood (ages 18-25) is a developmental transition in which individuals are faced with many life changes and which has a major impact on later life. Emerging adulthood is marked by opportunities for growth in relationships, work and worldviews. It is also marked by increased reliance on peers. Interactions with peers continue after adolescents leave secondary education and are critical for physical and mental health and social functioning in adulthood. In this project, the peer relationships of emerging adults are studied in the context of a 25-year ongoing longitudinal study (NLS).

This project has three aims. First, to examine the nature and correlates of peer relationships in emerging adulthood, and the stability of peer relationships from childhood and adolescence to emerging adulthood. Second, to examine the reciprocal associations between peer relationships and social functioning, health and adjustment from childhood to emerging adulthood. Third, to observe actual peer interactions of emerging adults, focusing on collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution and the flexible adjustment of behaviour to different peers and contexts. This research is innovative because it combines long-term longitudinal design with observational experimental design to study all aspects of peer relationships in emerging adulthood.

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