Postdoc Position In Psychology: Modeling Social Cognition

European Association of Social Psychology
February 14, 2023
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The successful candidate will conduct research in social cognition applying mathematical modeling to understand judgments and decisions in the realms of stereotyping and prejudice. The successful candidate will work on and contribute to scientific publications in leading journals of the field. The successful candidate will join a team doing research in various fields, including social cognition, memory, reasoning and thinking, often using mathematical models to leverage conclusions about latent factors underlying behavior in these domains.

The position is financed by a research grant for a social-cognitive project and is limited to the project duration of three years (36 months). The position permits the candidate to further develop her/his scientific career by contributing to the social-cognitive project and by working on the candidate's own research projects. Guidance of undergraduate and (post-) graduate students will contribute to career and skills development. The position does not come with teaching obligations, but teaching courses for students is an option. Knowledge of the German language is not a prerequisite; research and optional teaching can be done in English.

Qualifications Candidates must have a PhD in psychology or a related field. She or he should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas, evidenced by their academic record, previous project experience, and by first publications: Social cognition, social psychology, experimental psychology, mathematical/computational modeling, Internet-based experiments. Moreover, experience in modern data inference tools (e.g., R) is needed. Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, C++, and JavaScript is a plus.

About the Department The Department of Social Psychology and Methods (https: // www. psychologie.uni- freiburg.de/abteilungen/Sozialpsychologie.Methodenlehre/staff?setlanguage=en) offers an open-minded, international working environment with an inspiring bandwidth of research projects, spanning topics in social psychology, experimental psychology, and methods development. We collaborate with several German and international psychological institutes. Our lab members have various educational backgrounds, including but not limited to psychology, philosophy, statistics, and mathematics. We offer state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and staff (student assistants) supporting the postdoc's research. Moreover, we operate a number of servers for simulations/statistical modeling and analyses, testing of methods and algorithms, and for hosting Internet experiments.

About the University of Freiburg Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities and one of the nation's leading research and teaching institutions. Freiburg is a vibrant city with a rich cultural and academic life in close vicinity to France and Switzerland. Located at the foot of the Black Forest the city offers excellent recreational opportunities. For international candidates, the University of Freiburg offers logistics of relocation support via its Welcome Center: https:// www. welcomecenter.uni- freiburg.de

Application Please send your application including cover letter with interests and background (max. 1 page), plus full CV and academic transcripts (non- official copies are acceptable) as one PDF file. Applications sent via e-mail will be confirmed within one week. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with E13 TV-L. The position will commence as soon as possible. Please send your application to Dr. Rainer Leonhart ([email protected]). Questions can be directed at Professor Dr. Karl Christoph Klauer ([email protected])

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