We are looking for a junior researcher for the project ‘First aid for grief in Ukrainian refugees’.


  • HOURS20 hr.
  • DEADLINE25 Aug 2022

We are looking for a junior researcher for the project ‘First aid for grief in Ukrainian refugees’.

The aim of the project is to offer online first aid for grief among Ukrainian refugees. This first aid consists of an online screening tool for Ukrainian refugees to self-monitor their grief levels. Psychoeducation about grief in the context of war and displacement will be offered and existing materials for online grief therapy will be translated. This project will yield accessible online bereavement care for Ukrainian people who experienced a loss of a loved one.

Initially this project has a duration of 8 months. Possibilities for extension of this project will be explored. The project entails a collaboration between the Psychology, Health & Technology department of University of Twente and Clinical Psychology department of Utrecht University. The research team consists of dr. Lonneke Lenferink and prof. dr. Paul Boelen, and translators who are proficient in Ukrainian/Russian language. The function is stationed at University of Twente (hybrid working is possible).

As a Junior Reseacher in this project, your tasks will consist of: 

  • searching/reviewing written materials for psychoeducation about grief/trauma;
  • conducting data-collection among participants;
  • maintaining contact with therapists, participants, translators;
  • analyzing data;
  • contributing to scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals;
  • coordinating project team meetings with partners/collaborators to ensure project alignment.


We are looking for a candidate with the following characteristics:

  • you have a completed master’s degree in psychology or any other social science;
  • you are interested in clinical research in the area psychotrauma/grief;
  • you have good organization skills;
  • you have good communication skills;
  • good command of English language (good command of Ukrainian/Russian or Dutch language would be an advantage, but not necessarily needed);
  • Good (academic) writing skills.


The UT offers a dynamic and international environment, combining the advantages of academic research with a subject of high industrial relevance, excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment and a green and lively campus. The conditions of employment are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Universities and include:

  • You will have an employment contract of 0.5 FTE (20 hours) for the duration of 8 months and can participate in all employment conditions offered by the university such as bicycle plan, free fitness/sports activities.
  • The gross monthly salary starts at € 2,960 in the first year (scale 10-0) for a fulltime employment (1.0 FTE). In addition, the University of Twente provides a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, but also stimulate interaction and discussion with colleagues.


The preferred start date of the project is October 1, 2022. Please apply no later than August 25 2022 via the button below and attach:

·       a cover letter, highlighting your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position;

·       a detailed CV;

·       one reference.

If you would like more information, please contact dr. Lonneke Lenferink via email: l.i.m.lenferink@utwente.nl

The first round of interviews is scheduled on August 29 or August 30 at the University of Twente. A possible second round of interviews will be scheduled when needed.


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