Research Associate Sport Psychology - Dynamics of Human Performance Regulation Laboratory § 28 Subsection 1 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Research associates will be expected primarily to teach and conduct research. The research associate will also have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the research associate’s own academic work.

Sport Psychology at the University of Hamburg: At the Dynamics of Human Performance Regulation Laboratory (DHPRL), we explore the dynamics of human performance regulation across various behavioral settings, with a primary focus on studying performance regulation in sports and exercise contexts. Currently, our particular interest lies in examining the relevance of fundamental human sensations (such as boredom, effort, fatigue, or pain) for performance regulation in sports and exercise. Specifically, we aim to enhance our understanding of the function and mechanistic underpinnings of these basic everyday sensations. To address these questions, we draw on theories and concepts from motivation, volition, and emotion research, utilizing psychological, physiological, and neuroscientific methods to comprehensively capture processes of performance regulation.

As a doctoral candidate at the DHPRL, you will be integral to developing the lab infrastructure, and you will actively contribute to the organization, preparation, and execution of research projects that are aimed at investigating DHPRL research questions. Additionally, as part of the DHPRL team in the Sports Psychology unit, you will be involved in teaching (2 LVS per semester).


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • type of university degree: Masters degree in psychology, neuroscience, or sports science
  • fluent proficiency in English, both spoken and written. Proficiency in German is not a requirement

Ideally, you also have:

  • prior experience in conducting laboratory and/or field studies (e.g., through internships, research assistant activities, or bachelor/master theses)
  • basic knowledge in handling data analysis and stimulus presentation software (e.g., R, Matlab, or PsychoPy)
  • basic knowledge in using laboratory measurement equipment (e.g., fNIRS, EDA, Eyetracking, or Spiroergometry)

Please include a brief, maximum 300-word sketch in English with your application (cover letter, CV, copies of certificates). Use this, to describe how you envision a potential dissertation project that aligns with the overarching research interests of the DHPRL.

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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