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Research Associate § 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.

At the koku research centre of the developmental psychology unit we investigate the social and cognitive development of infants and young children (https://www.koku.uni-hamburg.de/en.html). A current focus is on the processing of objects, social and statistical learning, and the development of predictions and belief updating. In a new project in close collaboration with our lab members and a research unit on dynamic belief updating (https://www.uni-hamburg.de/ru5389/research-unit.html), you will be able to investigate how children and adults form and update their cognitive models. The lab offers state of the art technology, including behavioural, observational, eye-tracking, pupillometry, and eeg methods. The lab has easy access to a large population of infants and children of all ages. You will benefit from the teams’ methodological expertise, friendly, open and cooperative spirit, and international research at conferences and workshops. You will be affiliated with the research unit and will be able to advance your research skills by participating in the research unit’s international lecture series and its workshops on neuroscience, computational modelling and writing. Your teaching of a recurring BSc seminar on developmental psychology in winter terms (2 LVS) will be organized and assisted by our team and follows an established curriculum. The exact starting date is subject to negotiation. The position is ideal for a research-oriented person with interest in cognitive development, individual differences and neuroscientific methods.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

You have a very good university degree (Master/Diploma) in psychology or a closely related field (e.g., cognitive sciences, neuroscience, etc.). You are very proficient in English (oral and written). German proficiency is not necessary. Sound knowledge in experimental methods, study designs, and statistical analyses is required. Research experience and experience in programming (e.g., in R, or Matlab, Presentation, etc.) and eye-tracking are beneficial. Knowledge about developmental psychology, infant and child research, experience with advanced (multivariate) statistical methods are desirable. You are highly motivated to conduct research, work independently as well as in teams, disseminate novel basic research findings at conferences and publish in international journals. You will pursue a doctoral dissertation.

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.

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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