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The Department of Psychology at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw is inviting applications for the position of Ph.D. Student in the research project “Mindfulness as an intervantion reducing retaliatory aggression among collective narcissists” led by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Ph.D. Place of work: Poznań, Poland. Application deadline: October 1, 2018

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Project description:

The proposed research addresses a need to find ways of preventing political radicalization among members of marginalized social groups. It examines whether mindful gratitude meditation – the practice of grateful appreciation of the present moment – reduces aggression among people who use aggression to retaliate to exclusion in intergroup relations i.e. collective narcissists (Golec de Zavala, et al., 2016). Collective narcissism is an emotional investment in a belief in greatness of one’s own group (ingroup) contingent on external validation (Golec de Zavala, et al., 2009). Collective narcissists retaliate aggressively to intergroup threat to protect the vulnerable sense of self-worth invested in their group’s image (Golec de Zavala, et al., 2017). Mindful practice of pro-social emotions fortifies against self-vulnerability, improves self-regulation, and reduces reactivity to threat (Brown & Ryan, 2003; Kqabat-Zinn, 1982). As such, it may be particularly effective in addressing self-regulation deficits underlying collective narcissism. Thus, the proposed research tests whether collective narcissists feel distressed after being excluded by another group, which leads them to aggress against this group, which reduces their distress and whether mindful gratitude meditation reduces the link between collective narcissism and aggression in face of intergroup exclusion because it offers an alternative way to reduce distress.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing literature on the topics of ostracism, narcissism, self-transcendent emotions and mindfulness;
  • Assisting at lab-based studies with psychophysiological assessment (eye tracking, ECG, cortisol);
  • Assisting in data-processing and analysis;
  • Collaborating in dissemination of results, supporting the project’s webpage, conference presentations and scientific publicationst.

The successful candidate will join a team of international researchers working on this project (Dr David Chester, Prof. Kip Williams, Prof. Constantine Sedikides) and will become a member of the PrejudiceLab as well as social neuroscience lab in Poznań, Poland. The candidate will visit the lab of Dr Chester at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct an fMRI study for the project.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in psychology or related science;
  • Documented experience in conducting and disseminating psychological research;
  • Good command of quantitative research methods, statistical analysis in the context of regression and good command of SPSS or other relevant packages;
  • Good command of relevant statistical analyses.

Language requirements:

  • Good command of English language to enable collaboration with an international team;
  • Sufficient command of Polish to handle raw data collected in Polish and to communicate with Polish-speaking research participants.

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is a private higher education institution, which conducts research and offers programs of study with practical and academic profiles, in Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań, and Katowice.
SWPS University is among the most active research centers in Poland. Our academics have a real impact on the development of many disciplines of science, including economy and social policy. There are several research centers at SWPS University, which conduct interdisciplinary projects.
SWPS University employs over 700 people, including academics and administrative staff. We provide an excellent environment for professional development and we offer an extensive employee benefit package. We are a diverse team of professionals contributing to the body of knowledge, working together for the benefit of our students and the effective implementation of research into practice. Our teaching staff includes renowned scholars, successful experts in various fields, artists and representatives of the media.

We offer:

  • A 4-year research scholarship. Gross PLN 4,500/month;
  • Opportunity to work in a professional and friendly team with distinguished professors, renowned researchers and opinion leaders;
  • Career development opportunities.

Required documents:

  • Research CV including, in particular:
    • description of research achievements;
    • list of publications;
    • list of awards for research achievements;
    •description of competences aligned with the above-noted responsibilities.
  • References will be asked upon an invitation to interview.

Please submit the requires documents directly to Agnieszka Goles de Zavala, Ph.D. at agnieszka.golec@gmail.com by October 1, 2018.
The successful candidate will be announced on October 15, 2018.
The Recruitment Committee reserves the right to contact only the shortlisted candidates.

 

Please download, sign and submit the following GDRP clause » together with your other application documents

Please click here for the full text of the GDRP clause

I hereby acknowledge the following:

  1. SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities), with its registered office in Warsaw, ul. Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warszawa is responsible for the administration of personal data provided by users.
  2. The data shall be processed:
    a) for the purpose of the recruitment process, pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR (consent to process data);
    b) for the purpose of pursuit or defense against potential claims, pursuant to Article 6(1)(f) (legitimate interest of the administrator);
    c) for the purpose of future recruitment processes, pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR (consent to process data);
  3. Data retention period:
    a) until expiration of claims (12 months, effective at the end of the calendar year, pursuant to the civil code, unless specific provisions stipulate otherwise);
    b) until the consent to process personal data is revoked – in case of processing for the purpose of future recruitment processes.
  4. Collected data shall not be transferred to third countries/international organizations.
  5. I am entitled to access my personal data, to amend, to delete and to restrict the processing of my data. Furthermore, I have the right to data portability, the right to object to processing of my data and the right to revoke my consent at any time, without any effect on the lawfulness of processing of personal data. Any changes to the personal data should be sent to praca@swps.edu.pl.
  6. I am entitled to submit a complaint with a supervisory authority in the event that the processing of my personal data is, in my opinion, in violation of the provisions of the GDPR or other regulations on the processing and protection of personal data.
  7. I acknowledge that the provision of my personal information is voluntary, but necessary for the participation in the recruitment process.

In order to exercise any of your rights referred to hereunder, please contact our Data Protection Officer via e-mail at the following address: iod@swps.edu.pl or by post sent to the address of SWPS University.

Furthermore, our Data Protection Officer will be happy to answer all your questions regarding the processing and protection of personal information and will handle any complaints associated with the processing of your information.

The submission of job application documents shall constitute a clear consent to process candidate’s personal data for the purpose of the recruitment process.

[  ] I agree to have my personal data processed by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities for the purpose of future recruitment processes.

The Department of Psychology at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw is inviting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher in the research project “Mindfulness as an intervantion reducing retaliatory aggression among collective narcissists” led by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Ph.D. Place of work: Poznań, Poland.
Application deadline: October 1, 2018

APPLY

Project description:

The proposed research addresses a need to find ways of preventing political radicalization among members of marginalized social groups. It examines whether mindful gratitude meditation – the practice of grateful appreciation of the present moment – reduces aggression among people who use aggression to retaliate to exclusion in intergroup relations i.e. collective narcissists (Golec de Zavala, et al., 2016). Collective narcissism is an emotional investment in a belief in greatness of one’s own group (ingroup) contingent on external validation (Golec de Zavala, et al., 2009). Collective narcissists retaliate aggressively to intergroup threat to protect the vulnerable sense of self-worth invested in their group’s image (Golec de Zavala, et al., 2017). Mindful practice of pro-social emotions fortifies against self-vulnerability, improves self-regulation, and reduces reactivity to threat (Brown & Ryan, 2003; Kqabat-Zinn, 1982). As such, it may be particularly effective in addressing self-regulation deficits underlying collective narcissism. Thus, the proposed research tests whether collective narcissists feel distressed after being excluded by another group, which leads them to aggress against this group, which reduces their distress and whether mindful gratitude meditation reduces the link between collective narcissism and aggression in face of intergroup exclusion because it offers an alternative way to reduce distress.

Responsibilities:

  • Organizing the collaboration within the project team, supervising doctoral researchers;
  • Supervising psychophysiological research (eye tracking, ECG, cortisol) and analyzing and presenting data;
  • Assisting in dissemination of findings.

The successful candidate will join a team of international researchers working on this project (Dr David Chester, Prof. Kip Williams, Prof. Constantine Sedikides) and will become a member of the PrejudiceLab as well as social neuroscience lab in Poznań, Poland. The candidate will visit the lab of Dr Chester at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct an fMRI study for the project.

Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in psychology or related science;
  • Documented early career in fields of neuroscience or psychophysiology (relevant scientific publications, conference presentations, research collaborations);
  • Skills necessary to conduct research using eye tracking, ECG and understanding of fMRI research;
  • Good command of relevant statistical analyses.

Language requirements:

  • Good command of English language to enable collaboration with an international team;
  • Sufficient command in Polish to handle raw data collected in Polish and to communicate with Polish-speaking research participants.

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is a private higher education institution, which conducts research and offers programs of study with practical and academic profiles, in Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań, and Katowice.
SWPS University is among the most active research centers in Poland. Our academics have a real impact on the development of many disciplines of science, including economy and social policy. There are several research centers at SWPS University, which conduct interdisciplinary projects.
SWPS University employs over 700 people, including academics and administrative staff. We provide an excellent environment for professional development and we offer an extensive employee benefit package. We are a diverse team of professionals contributing to the body of knowledge, working together for the benefit of our students and the effective implementation of research into practice. Our teaching staff includes renowned scholars, successful experts in various fields, artists and representatives of the media.

We offer:

  • Full-time employment contract. Gross salary PLN 8,300/month;
  • Opportunity to work in a professional and friendly team with distinguished professors, renowned researchers and opinion leaders;
  • Career development opportunities.

Required documents:

  • Research CV including, in particular:
    • description of research achievements;
    • list of publications;
    • list of awards for research achievements;
    • description of competences aligned with the above-noted responsibilities.
  • References will be asked upon an invitation to interview.

Please submit the requires documents directly to Agnieszka Goles de Zavala, Ph.D. at agnieszka.golec@gmail.com by October 1, 2018.
The successful candidate will be announced on October 15, 2018.
The Recruitment Committee reserves the right to contact only the shortlisted candidates.

 

Please download, sign and submit the following GDRP clause » together with your other application documents

Please click here for the full text of the GDRP clause

I hereby acknowledge the following:

  1. SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities), with its registered office in Warsaw, ul. Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warszawa is responsible for the administration of personal data provided by users.
  2. The data shall be processed:
    a) for the purpose of the recruitment process, pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR (consent to process data);
    b) for the purpose of pursuit or defense against potential claims, pursuant to Article 6(1)(f) (legitimate interest of the administrator);
    c) for the purpose of future recruitment processes, pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR (consent to process data);
  3. Data retention period:
    a) until expiration of claims (12 months, effective at the end of the calendar year, pursuant to the civil code, unless specific provisions stipulate otherwise);
    b) until the consent to process personal data is revoked – in case of processing for the purpose of future recruitment processes.
  4. Collected data shall not be transferred to third countries/international organizations.
  5. I am entitled to access my personal data, to amend, to delete and to restrict the processing of my data. Furthermore, I have the right to data portability, the right to object to processing of my data and the right to revoke my consent at any time, without any effect on the lawfulness of processing of personal data. Any changes to the personal data should be sent to praca@swps.edu.pl.
  6. I am entitled to submit a complaint with a supervisory authority in the event that the processing of my personal data is, in my opinion, in violation of the provisions of the GDPR or other regulations on the processing and protection of personal data.
  7. I acknowledge that the provision of my personal information is voluntary, but necessary for the participation in the recruitment process.

In order to exercise any of your rights referred to hereunder, please contact our Data Protection Officer via e-mail at the following address: iod@swps.edu.pl or by post sent to the address of SWPS University.

Furthermore, our Data Protection Officer will be happy to answer all your questions regarding the processing and protection of personal information and will handle any complaints associated with the processing of your information.

The submission of job application documents shall constitute a clear consent to process candidate’s personal data for the purpose of the recruitment process.

[  ] I agree to have my personal data processed by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities for the purpose of future recruitment processes.

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