Phd-position Field Research in Team Coordination and Wearable Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands is offering PhD position in physiology. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

The Human Performance Management (HPM) Group focuses its research and education on the topics of human performance, organizational behavior, and well-being to develop scientific knowledge and test theories that uncover and explain psychological processes contributing to high performance at the organizational, team and individual level. By examining the 'human factor' in operational processes, we aim to contribute to the interdisciplinary research of management psychology and applied psychology, focusing specifically on how the work and organization (re-)design contributes to high performance organizations in which employees work with high motivation, creativity, and pleasure. The HPM Group teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels.

Resilient societies rely on teams providing rapid adaptive responses to crisis situations. But teams often have difficulty maintaining effective collaborative functioning during stressful events. Wearable technology applications represent a crucial opportunity for providing teams with valuable, real-time feedback to support their effectiveness, especially in high-stakes crisis environments. However, to date, the development of team-based wearable applications is hindered by a lack of scientific knowledge about what data are most meaningful and how to use them for team support and augmentation.

This PhD position is part of the NWO funded project 'Coordination and complexity: Augmenting team adaptive performance in crisis situations with wearable technology'. In this project, we will investigate team coordination dynamics across multiple modalities (i.e., physiology, speech, motion) to determine how specific coordination dynamics (e.g., synchrony, contagion), and the transitions therein, could be used for assessing, monitoring, and eliciting effective team functioning of work teams in general, and those operating in crisis situations specifically. Subsequently, human-centered design will be used for developing and evaluating ways to monitor and augment team functioning and performance in real-life crisis scenarios as well as team training contexts.

Your efforts will be primarily devoted to investigating how various forms of coordination related to previously established key behavioral, cognitive, and affective measures underlying adaptive team performance in healthcare and laboratory crisis scenarios.

The research will be conducted under supervision of Dr. Josette Gevers (intended 1st promotor), Prof.dr. Joyce Westerink (intended 2nd promotor), Dr. Sonja Rispens (co-promotor), and Dr. Travis J. Wiltshire (TiU; supervisor).


The successful applicant is expected to: More information about the Human Performance Management group can be found at

Questions about these positions should be addressed to: Dr. Josette Gevers, phone 040-2474178, e-mail: J.M.P.Gevers[at]

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Susan Opgenoorth, HR Advisor IE&IS (pz.ieis[at] Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at

If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, a proof of proficiency in English needs to be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).

Note that incomplete applications will not be considered. We ask candidates to apply by November 17, 2019 at the latest. Starting date of this position is preferablyJanuary 1, 2020.
Deadline: As soon as possible
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