The Institute of Education and Child Studies of Leiden University, The Netherlands is currently seeking applications for a PhD position. The position is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project SellSTEM (see below) and lies at the intersection of educational sciences and developmental cognitive psychology.


The overarching goal of this project is to examine the relation between working memory, spatial cognition, and math learning in primary school. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Dietsje Jolles and Dr. Marian Hickendorff, and be part of the Educational Sciences research group ( at Leiden University. For more information about the position, see


About SellSTEM:


SellSTEM is an EU funded Marie Curie Innovative Training Network with the aim of exploring new ways to raise spatial ability levels of boys and especially girls and investigate the role of spatial ability in and for STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).  SellSTEM is currently seeking applications for 15 Early Stage Researchers.  Successful candidates will be recruited by one of 10 universities in Europe, registered as PhD students, and join the SellSTEM research and training programme, including a secondment of several months to another university or non-academic partner.  Research projects will examine various aspects of the role of spatial ability and its development among children of all ages in STEM learning, including maker education, STEAM project work, linguistics, cognitive abilities, teacher attitudes, education policy, and teacher professional development.  SellSTEM is a great opportunity to join an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral research team and receive state of the art doctoral training with very generous terms and conditions.  


For more details please visit and Please note the MSCA Mobility rule which states that candidates must have resided in the country of the university they’re applying to for less than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Closing date is March 14, 2021.