Post Doc Position at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen Department of Psychology

Post Doc Position at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen




The Centre for Early Childhood Cognition, directed by Professor Victoria Southgate, is hiring a postdoctoral researcher. The expected starting date is 1 September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for two years, with possibility of extension for a further year.  


The postdoctoral position will be situated at the Centre for Early Childhood Cognition within the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. The lab has space for behavioural studies, as well as equipment for EEG, fNIRS and eye tracking, and we have excellent access to infant and child participants. More information about our lab and group can be found: here


Job description

The successful candidate will work as part of an ERC-funded project “DEVOMIND: How do infants mentalize? Bringing a neuroimaging approach to the puzzle of early mindreading”. The project is primarily aimed at trying to understand the interplay between self- and other-representation, and how emerging self-representation influences early perspective-taking. The successful candidate will, depending on their interests and expertise, be expected to take responsibility for one of the streams of research described within the project, involving designing, implementing and leading investigations involving the methods available within the lab. There will be scope for the candidate to influence the direction of the project, depending on their own interests.


It is expected that the successful candidate will work collaboratively with other members of the lab, and to support one another. The successful candidate will be expected to disseminate the output of the project by attending international conferences, and contribute to daily lab-life, including taking part in reading groups and theoretical discussion. It is also expected that the successful candidate be willing to mentor younger members of the lab, including PhD students and student volunteers.



The candidate must have obtained a PhD degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline. The preferred candidate will have excellent theoretical knowledge of the field of early social cognition, in particular the current state of research in perspective-taking and Theory of Mind. You should have a strong interest in a domain relevant to the question of perspective-taking and/or self-awareness, self-representation and self-comparison. Ideally, the candidate should have experience with conducting experiments using both behavioural and neuroimaging methods for studying early cognitive development, including eye tracking, EEG or fNIRS. The preferred candidate would also have experience using these methods with infants and young children. Knowledge of programming in Matlab would be an advantage. 


We expect the candidate to have good collaborative skills, as well as skills in the realm of verbal and written communication, as evidenced by a promising publication record. The candidate must have an international outlook, and be able to work independently and proactively. Spoken Danish is not a requirement. 


Salary and conditions of employment 

A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term academic position. The position is heavily weighted in favour of research. Other duties (e.g. research administration) may, furthermore, have to be performed to a limited extent. The University determines the exact ratio between the various responsibilities. The ratio may vary over time.


Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 405.203,16 – 426.625,2 (EUR 54,000 – 57,000 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered for researcher’s recruited abroad, see here.



The application shall be submitted in English and include a CV, a motivation letter, including details of how the lab’s research focus fits with the candidate’s interests and background, and future plans (maximum 2 pages), a copy of the doctoral certificate or letter signed by the supervisor that a doctoral certificate is expected in due time, and a publication list. References can also be included, if available. 


Please note that applications will be assessed based on these mandatory enclosures. Applicants cannot expect any additional documentation to be taken into account in the assessment.


Application procedure 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are subsequently notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here.


The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Victoria Southgate, email:


Further information about the application procedure is available from HR-officer Rusan Elmazi, e-mail:, please refer to ID 211-0109/19-2l. 


The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019 (at midnight 23:59 Danish Time).


Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form. 


Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than, one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that the documents are scanned and collected in one file.


Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 31-05-2019

Employment start: 01-09-2019

Department/Location: Institut for Psykologi

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