PhD Position in Psychology
University of Zurich
Switzerland

PhD Position in Psychology
 
The position is located within the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich and offers an outstanding work and research environment. The workgroup for Quantitative Methods of Intervention and Evaluation is active and internationally connected in quantitative methods and psychometrics. The workgroup's focus is to develop and apply new statistical methods and software for (intensive) longitudinal and multilevel data, extending and linking classical statistical approaches used in psychology (e.g. SEM, regression) with newer approaches such as Bayesian methods, stochastic differential equations (continuous time), and machine learning.

Your responsibilities

The successful applicant will be supervised by the head of the Quantitative Methods unit, Prof. Dr. Charles Driver, and work with the research team. This position is primarily research oriented but also involves some teaching, statistical consulting, and support of bachelors and masters students.
Research Focus: Our research focuses on developing and applying advanced quantitative methods in psychology. The focus of the PhD is quite flexible, and could range from heavily empirical to primarily conceptual / statistical. Specific areas of interest include:
  • Longitudinal and dynamic systems modelling
  • Software development for psychological research
  • Model fit assessment for complex models
  • Machine learning for longitudinal data
  • Large-scale model development, possibly leveraging large language models

Your profile

  • A masters in psychology, statistics, computer science, or a related discipline
  • Experience with psychological or related research
  • Excellent methodological skills
  • Very good command of English

It Would Also Be Desirable If You Had:
  • Proficiency in programming languages (e.g., R, Python, Julia, C++)
  • Experience with statistical consulting
  • Experience with publishing in international journals
  • Proficiency in German

What we offer

  • An attractive research environment with close collaboration, participation in LIFE graduate school https://www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de/career/research-schools/imprs-life
  • Excellent lab infrastructure / computing resources
  • Salary according to Swiss / Zurich regulations (category 17 level 3 @ 70% is currently CHF 66,898 / year)
  • Opportunities to live and work in Zurich, a vibrant international city with high quality of life and proximity to the Alps

The University of Zurich strives to increase diversity in research, teaching, and administration (Promotion of diversity and prevention of discrimination) and takes this into account in the recruitment process.

Place of work

Universität Zürich, Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Start date to be negotiated - earliest is September 1, 2024.

To apply, please send a CV, motivation letter, contact details for 2 academic references, and sample of written work to Prof. Charles Driver on or before July 21: charles.driver2@uzh.ch. Informal questions are welcome, late applications may be considered. A similar position but for postdocs is also available.

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