[visionlist] Open Phd Position in Psychology /Affective Neuroscience on Curiosity (University of Goettingen)

Ziereis, Annika Carina annika.ziereis at uni-goettingen.de
Fri Dec 1 07:28:44 -04 2023

Dear all,
(sorry for cross-posting)

As part of a new research network that has been established at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen - Research Training Group (RTG) 2906 Curiosity - we advertise a

PhD position in Psychology/Affective Neuroscience [A4] (all genders welcome)
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L/75%

The PhD position is for an initial period of three years, with a very strong possibility of extension for a further year. The project is expected to commence on August 1st, 2024.

Across thirteen projects, scientists in RTG 2906 will investigate the neuropsychological, biological and computational underpinnings of curiosity. The network comprises a highly interdisciplinary consortium of psychologists, biologists as well as systems and computational neuroscientists who will work together to answer three broad research questions: (A) When are we curious? (B) Why are we curious? and (C) How are we curious? The PhD position advertised here will investigate the factors influencing adult information-seeking behavior. The PhD researcher will design studies that explore individual-specific and content-specific factors, as well as any potential interactions between these factors that may mediate an individual’s tendency to seek or avoid information. The researcher will record participants’ judgements, collect physiological data, and utilize modelling techniques to accomplish the project’s objectives.

Your profile:

  *   A good M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related field e.g., Biology, Cognitive Science or Cognitive Neuroscience
  *   Experience in conducting studies with human participants
  *   Experience in collecting and analyzing psychophysiological data
  *   Advanced statistical and analytical abilities (experience using R and/or Python is a plus)
  *   Excellent command of the English language; a good command of German is recommended
  *   Excellent critical thinking and communication skills
What we offer:

  *   A highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, team-oriented research environment
  *   Close supervision by an interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee
  *   Enrolment in a training programme comprising compulsory and elective courses suited to individual needs and careers goals, as well as regular retreats and summer schools
  *   Ample funding for conferences and external laboratory visits
RTG 2906 is based in Göttingen, a university town with 28,000 students across all disciplines. The Göttingen Campus has its overarching research foci in living networks, sustainability, and dynamics of change, and includes four Max-Planck Institutes, the German Primate Center, the Campus Institute for Data Science, and the Campus Institute for Dynamics of Biological Networks. The thirteen doctoral projects are spread across these Göttingen Campus institutes.

How to apply:

Detailed information on the application process, the research project and the training programme are available on the RTG webpage (https://www.uni-goettingen.de/rtg2906). As part of the online application process, you will be asked to upload a motivation letter and certified copies of your degree and language certificates. There are thirteen open PhD positions in RTG 2906; in case you are applying for more than one position, please indicate this in your cover letter (n.b. applying for more than one position is in no way detrimental to your application).

• For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Anne Schacht (schacht at psych.uni-goettingen.de<mailto:schacht at psych.uni-goettingen.de>)
• If you have any questions about the application process, you can write to rtg2906 at uni-goettingen.de<mailto:rtg2906 at uni-geottingen.de>

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The university is particularly committed to the professional participation of severely disabled employees and therefore welcomes applications from severely disabled people. In the case of equal qualifications, applications from people with severe disabilities will be given preference. A disability or equality is to be included in the application in order to protect the interests of the applicant.

Please upload your application in one pdf file including the usual documents until 15/01/2024 on the application portal of the university using this link:

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)<https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/document/download/e0b7459b97d917e68e3464b8683b4e73-en.pdf/DSGVO%20-%20Zusatz%202018_06_05_EN.pdf>

Dr. Annika Carina Ziereis

Georg-Elias-Müller Institute for Psychology
Dep. Cognition, Emotion and Behavior
University Göttingen
Goßlerstr. 14
37073 Göttingen
Phone +49 551 39 23670
Email: annika.ziereis at uni-goettingen.de
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