Academic Position (Postdoctoral Level)

(Full-time 100 %, E 13 TV-L or part-time 50 %, E 13 TV-L)

Reference number 2024/134. The position is to be filled by September 1st, 2024 or later and is initially limited to three years. In principle, this position can be divided into two part-time position. The position is available in part-time (max. 74 %) until October 31st, 2024. An extension is being sought.

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

The Normativity Lab (Developmental Psychology research group) at the Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, investigates infants’ and children’s social-cognitive development, broadly construed. In particular, we explore the developmental origins of human cooperation, norms, and morality. Moreover, we are interested in the role of (social-)cognitive and motivational processes in the ontogeny of normativity. Empirical methods include, inter alia, interview techniques, interactive behavioral paradigms, and implicit measures (e.g., eye-tracking).

Your tasks

    • Contribute to the research projects within our theoretical framework
    • The Postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to develop a distinct line of research within the broad theme of the group
    • Use and further development of innovative experimental child research methods
    • Teaching responsibilities (4 semester hours per week, full-time position)
    • (Co-)supervision of Bachelor and Master projects, student assistants
    • Active support in acquisition and recruitment of study participants and further organizational tasks in the research group

Your profile

    • Excellent or very good PhD in psychology or a related discipline (e.g., cognitive science)
    • Strong background in basic developmental or cognitive science research
    • Experience in planning and conducting experimental research (e.g., eye-tracking, interactive behavioral methods) with infants and/or children is advantageous
    • Profound knowledge in relevant statistical methods (mixed effects models, longitudinal data analysis), experience with R desirable
    • Excellent German language skills, very good English language skills are desirable
    • Independent, flexible, and thorough way of working, strong commitment, strong communication and cooperation skills

We Offer you

    • An open, highly motivated, interdisciplinary research group
    • Research on central questions about the ontogeny of social cognition and action
    • Research within a theoretical framework at the intersection of natural/social sciences and humanities
    • Use of innovative developmental research methods (e.g., eye tracking, pupil dilation, interactive behavioral and interview methods)
    • Working and living in a fabulous environment
    • Classification according to the tariff regulations of TV-L (depending on the personal prerequisites up to pay group 13 TV-L)
All Benefits

For more information on our research, please visit our website

For questions, please contact Marco F. H. Schmidt (subject line: “Postdoc Konstanz”),

We look forward to receiving your application (including a full CV, a copy of the PhD thesis, a brief research statement relating your interests to the research program of our group, and names and e-mail addresses of three academic referees) by June 28th, 2024 via our Online Application Portal.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity, as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme. Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact, + 49 7531 88-4016).



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