Postdoc in Motivation and Adult Development
University of Zurich Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Postdoc Position in Motivation and Adult Development
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We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the area of motivation and adult development to join the Developmental Psychology: Adulthood Laboratory, headed by Alexandra M. Freund, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Research in the lab primarily involves the investigation of the development of motivational processes in adulthood using a multi-method approach spanning experimental, behavioral, physiological, and self-report methods.
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Your responsibilities

The postdoc would work with Prof. Freund on one of the following topics: (1) the role of context for motivational processes across adulthood, (2) the development of prosociality across adulthood, (3) processes of exhaustion and recovery across adulthood.

Your profile

The ideal candidate holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has extensive research experience in the field of motivation and adult development, very good methodological and statistical skills, publication experience in peer-reviewed journals, and a willingness and ability to work in a team. International applications are strongly encouraged. Basic knowledge of German is helpful, but not required.

What we offer

We offer excellent working conditions, integration and collaboration in a productive team, contact opportunities with renowned international scientists, and close collaboration in a research project.

Place of work

Department of Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, Binzm├╝hlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich

Start of employment

The employment start date is February 1, 2022 (or by agreement). The appointment is for two years (with the possibility of renewal).

To apply, submit a cover letter (about 2 pages) describing your interest in and potential approach to investigating one of the three possible topics (motivation in context, prosociality, exhaustion and recovery across adulthood), as well as your general career goals, together with your curriculum vitae, and reprints of two of your articles in a single pdf file to: In addition, two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the letter writers to the same address.

Please submit your application by October 25, 2021.

Further information

Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund

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