PhD Position in Psychology
University of Zurich Institute of Psychology
Switzerland

Institute of Psychology
Personality, Mental Health and Culture

PhD student for a Swiss National Science Foundation research project
100 %

As part of the project "A longitudinal study of emerging adults in Namibia" led by Dr. Amber Gayle Thalmayer. This may be the first large longitudinal test of psychological development in Africa; during these 4 years, we will launch the study, coordinate with collaborators in several countries, recruit participants in Namibia, and explore a number of variables relevant to personality, developmental, clinical, and social psychology, as well as psychologist assessment.

Your responsibilities

  • scientific tasks (literature review, questionnaire creation, data analysis)
  • technical tasks (programming online questionnaires for data collection, data cleaning)
  • team and leadership tasks (supervising Master's level and other research assistants, coordinating with colleagues, assistants, and participants in Namibia)
  • organizational, project management tasks (helping keep study on time and on budget)
  • writing and publishing results in academic journals
  • lectures at national and international congresses
  • obtain scientific qualification (PhD)

Your profile

Required Background:
  • BA and MA/MS degrees with major in psychology (or closely related field)
  • proof of successful research experience (e.g. MA thesis, internships, work as research assistant)
  • very good English language skills, including skill in writing
  • good knowledge of empirical/statistical methods (qualitative and/or quantitative)
  • good knowledge of computers and relevant programs (MS Office, SPSS, R)
Interests and motivation:
  • strong research interest in fields of personality, developmental, social, and/or cultural psychology
  • good German language skill or willingness to learn German
  • enthusiasm to learn new statistical (e.g. longitudinal analysis) and qualitative methods
  • interest in research visits to Namibia, cross-cultural experience & communication
  • commitment and motivation to publish scientific articles and obtain PhD
Useful personal characteristics:
  • skilled at working in a team: respectful, flexible, good communication skills
  • self-motivated and independent, good time management and organization
  • can accept and learn from feedback (from team members, peer reviewers, etc.)

What we offer

  • a dynamic cross-cultural research team, including association with many collaborators
  • pleasant and well-equipped working environment
  • close supervision and support to develop necessary competencies for academic success
  • intellectual and scientific challenge and the opportunity to develop multiple competencies
  • international travel for research and conferences
  • if interested, the opportunity to teach
  • coursework in research methods, statistics, disciplinary expertise, and transferable skills (research communication, management skills, etc.)

The position is limited to 4 years maximum.

Place of work

Binzm├╝hlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Start of employment is 1st September 2021 or by agreement.

Deadline for applications is 15th May 2021. Please use the APPLY NOW Button to upload the necessary documents (CV, diplomas), and a letter of motivation of one to two pages in which you explain: (a) why the topic of research is of interest to you, (b) why you want to complete a doctorate, and (c) how your skills and experience match the desired profile. Please include the name of two to three reference persons (e.g. supervisor of master thesis or research internship). In further documents, please include a writing sample of your own work - a course paper, a publication, materials for general science communication (e.g. a blog post) etc.

Note that in the course of the overall 5-year project (2021-2026) titled "Universal versus culturally-specific aspects of personality and mental health", we will be hiring 2 more PhD students to additionally work on a 10-country collaboration to assess psychological dimensions of culture and psychological disorder symptoms.
Please see HEREfor more information. You may indicate in your letter if you would be interested to be considered for later positions if your application is not chosen for the current opening.

Further information

Dr. Amber Gayle Thalmayer

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