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Research Associate § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties primarily include teaching and research. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Your tasks include conducting research and teaching in clinical psychology and psychological interventions.

Your research tasks involve the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects, the acquisition of third-party funding, and the regular publication of research results. We are seeking applicants whose research interests fit in with the research foci of the department. These lie in the development and maintenance mechanisms of psychotic symptoms as well as their transfer into innovative interventions. Applicants are also expected to contribute to joint projects of the Institute of Psychology and the Faculty’s thematic focus on Mechanisms of Change.

Teaching comprises 9 LVS (weekly teaching units) and will take place in the newly introduced Bachelor and Master of Science degree programs on the basis of the licensing regulations for psychotherapists of February 14, 2020. It will include teaching the basics of clinical psychology in the areas of phenomenology, classification, epidemiology, etiology and course of mental disorders across the lifespan and conveying skills in psychological intervention and prevention. Teaching will be mainly in form of seminars and is expected to include case presentations, practical demonstrations and exercises.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

Recruitment requirements are completion of a university degree in a relevant field and advanced or completed training as a therapist. An excellent or very good PhD in a relevant field is desirable.

The following are also required:

Proven qualifications in the field of research: experience in planning and conducting complex research projects, experience in psychotherapy research (e.g. therapy progression studies, RCTs, evaluation of nested repeated measures data) and/or basic research (e.g. learning paradigms, psycho-physiological data collection (i.e. EEG, HRV, pupillometry), high competence in data analyses; a track record of publications in internationally recognized relevant journals as first author, excellent English language skills.

Proven qualifications in the field of teaching: broad teaching experience in the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy, teaching competence (e.g. to be proven by teaching evaluations). Practical clinical experience is essential to the required clinical teaching.

Language skills: If German is not the native language, basic German language skills are expected in addition to a very good command of English.

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

The Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy offers an excellent research environment for the translation of basic clinical findings into new interventions. We are particularly interested in the cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations and negative symptoms (e.g. avolition/anhedonia). We try to address these mechanisms through innovative interventions. We pursue a transparent research approach (open science) and welcome approaches in which people with lived experience of mental illness are involved in the development and implementation of research projects.

You can expect a varied working environment in a lively and highly motivated team as well as an excellent research infrastructure. You will benefit from our clinical and methodological expertise and our national and international networks, as well as from numerous opportunities to expand or deepen your own scientific skills. We strive for team spirit every day. Teamwork is essential to achieve our ambitious goals to the benefit of advancing knowledge and helping patients.

Your personal development is also important for us. You will therefore have numerous opportunities to expand or deepen your own scientific skills and your scientific profile.

You can, for example, benefit from

  • excellent infrastructure for basic experimental research (e.g. EEG laboratory, eye tracking)
  • excellent infrastructure for psychotherapy research using the University Outpatient Clinic
  • the use of pre-existing teaching concepts and materials
  • participation in a variety of innovative research projects
  • the opportunity to regularly take part in internal colloquia, external lectures and method workshops
  • the opportunity to get involved in an interdisciplinary research group on the topic of "Contextual influences on dynamic belief updating in volatile environments: Basic mechanisms and clinical implications" (see https://www.uni-hamburg.de/newsroom/presse/2023/pm38.html)
  • the opportunity to network nationally and internationally


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.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As men are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage men to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable male applicants will receive preference.

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


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